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Texas Seaport Museum

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Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: +1 409-763-1877
10:00 - 17:00
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This museum details the history of Galveston Island and features a newly...

This museum details the history of Galveston Island and features a newly restored ship that was originally built in 1877.

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Short and To The Point

There are just a few displays inside about shipping and the history of Galveston, but the movie gives a great overview of the project to restore the Ellisa tall-masted ship... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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Wichita, Kansas
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51 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a movie on the restoration of Elissa, which was great to watch before touring the ship itself. The ship is quite a site and the kids also enjoyed it very much. The museum was very sparse on history and artifacts and we were through the entire thing in less than 20 minutes. That includes watching the video and... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always love to taste a bit of history on our trips and the kids loved learning at this museum. It was well organized and thought out. We spent a few hours reading, listening and learning. Would return again!

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Austin, Texas
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59 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are just a few displays inside about shipping and the history of Galveston, but the movie gives a great overview of the project to restore the Ellisa tall-masted ship. Several of the artifacts in the museum are interesting, like the special typewriter for preparing ship manifests. Nice gift shop.

Thank mapleRose
Paducah, Kentucky
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Good history of Gaveston. The beach was not what drew people to this island, it was the natural port.

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Tyler, Texas
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We attended a guided tour recently. We had been there before, but the guided tour definitely added much more information and was more interesting. The tour of the Elissa sailing ship was especially enjoyable. They've done a lot of restoration since the last time we were there.

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Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This was a nice little 1 hour boat ride around the harbor. Saw some fishing boats unloading and some oil company equipment, etc. Lots of dolphins and birds hanging around and an interesting old concrete ship that was sunk many years ago. Definitely worth the $10 fare.

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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The sailing vessel Elissa is great but much TLC is required to maintain such basics as the bright work and brass. Museum was interesting that included a 20-minute video about the Elissa which was intriguing but dated.

1 Thank CaptainBlackie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great presentation of Galveston's history as one of America's premier seaports. Plus, home to the tall ship Elissa, a treasure. The museum has good exhibits and a fascinating introductory film to acquaint you with Galveston's colorful and tragic history. Take time to visit Elissa, and if you are lucky, talk to the volunteers who keep it shipshape and ready for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We just took the harbor tour. It's a nice hour on the water. We saw a few dolphins and lots of birds. Learned a little bit about the ships and other vessels in the harbor. For 10 bucks, we enjoyed it. If you're debating whether to take this tour of the Dolphin Watch next door: the combo tickets are a... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

As with most things in Galveston parking is going to cost you. Not the Galveston I remember as a young man.

1 Thank Jeffrey L

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