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Texas Seaport Museum

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Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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+1 409-763-1877
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Sun - Sat 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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Visit the museum and the Elissa combination

An informative and easy to manage museum. Couple your visit with the Elissa and you have a wonderful few hours on the waterfront. The ship is one of a kind and amazing.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kycliff
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Melbourne, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small museum. The ship outside was the best part. The two ladies at the Fron desk when we arrived we're very sarcastic and rude. They weren't enthused that we interrupted their gossip to purchase tickets.

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Melbourne, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An informative and easy to manage museum. Couple your visit with the Elissa and you have a wonderful few hours on the waterfront. The ship is one of a kind and amazing.

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El Reno, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our tour. It was enjoyable family fun. Getting to tour the old ship was fascinating too. Set some time to come, the exhibits took us the greater part of two hours. Would recommend this Museum to anyone.

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

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.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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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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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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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.

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