Selena Museum#9 in Best Things To Do in Corpus Christi
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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known as Selena, was a Latin pop artist who was regularly called the "Queen of Tejano music." During her career, Selena recorded four albums, earned a Grammy Award for Best Mexican American album and designed all of her own costumes. Selena's career was cut tragically short when she was murdered in 1995 in Corpus by the former president of her fan club.
Today, Selena is memorialized with her own museum in Corpus Christi. The museum itself is attached to the Q-Productions studio, which is her family's music studio. Here, fans will find numerous portraits of Selena and artifacts from her childhood. Her famous costumes are also on display, along with her platinum and gold albums.
Museumgoers praised the site, saying it's an excellent memorial for the artist and a must-visit for any of her fans. Others lamented its small size. Several patrons cautioned not to ask for photos or acknowledge Selena's family (who still work at the studio), as you may be met with a rude encounter.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday only. Admission costs $3 per person ages 2 and older. It's located about 5 miles west of downtown. For more information, visit Q-Productions' website.
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