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

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

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Cool Texas History

Being married to a History teacher we see ALOT of history but this was very cool. It also has a place to look up who came through the Galveston Terminal for Immigration

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chad W
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English first
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being married to a History teacher we see ALOT of history but this was very cool. It also has a place to look up who came through the Galveston Terminal for Immigration

Thank Chad W
Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Texas is much more than cowboys and BBQ. A big part of Texas history is represented by the official tall ship of Texas, the Elissa. Built in Scotland in 1877, it paid a visit to the port of Galveston at least twice. There are alot of reporoduction tall ships, but only a few are actually original hulls. Do your family... More 

1 Thank baywatersport
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191 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

They have a good film when entering the museum and is well worth the 20 minutes. The inside of the museum is OK and has some good history, but the real value of the museum is visiting the 1877 Elissa. Get a headset from the office before you go on board and you will get to listen to a little... More 

Thank Larry W
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We like to learn the history of places we visit. This tour didn't let us down. We bought the package tour...the Elissa, harbor tour and museum all for $20 per person. Great value. It was amazing to listen to the audio about the ship and all that she has gone through. The museum showed the history of the port of... More 

1 Thank Tammy B
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Not the best or fullest of museums, but the tall ship more than makes up for it. There was supposed to be an audio tour which we didn't get, so make sure and ask for it if you've paid for it.

1 Thank Swannie67
Warrington, PA
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111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The museum is located at Pier 22 alongside the cruise ship terminal and well worth a visit. There are three activities, a "museum" that focuses on the role that galveston paid as an immigration Port of Entry, a center for cotton shipping and a brief description of the role of the Texas Navy during their War of Independence from Mexico.... More 

1 Thank Fred G
Tucson, Arizona
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Museum was very well laid out and informative. The audio tour of the Tall Ship was very good. The highlight was the harbor tour....what a hoot. The captain was fun, outgoing, well informed and interacted very well with all on board.

1 Thank Bob E
Boerne, Texas
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80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Although this is a very small museum, it has many interesting artifacts and displays about Galveston's role as a seaport. The upstairs section of the museum is currently closed for renovation (January 2015) - not sure when it plans to open. If you visit, be sure to buy the package ticket so that you can see the tall Ship Elissa... More 

2 Thank SusanD55
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We wanted to tour the ship Elissa. The tour comes as a combination ticket with the Texas Seaport Museum. The ship and audio tour are wonderful. The museum leaves a lot to be desired. The theater which is a large high ceiling storage room with folding chairs felt a bit odd. The movie was well done and informative. The eighteen... More 

Thank dreamsaverz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We are sailors and tall ship enthusiasts, we have visited ships all over the world. The museum was almost empty with few relevant displays. The theater felt like a storage room. The ship was well preserved but that is our only positive. Ultimately we felt duped by a tourist trap.

3 Thank Oldclimber40

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