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Texas Seaport Museum

Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-763-1877
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Ranked #34 of 87 things to do in Galveston
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum details the history of Galveston Island and features a newly restored ship that was...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum details the history of Galveston Island and features a newly restored ship that was originally built in 1877.

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Boerne, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

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.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The iron three-masted sailing ship, Elisse, is a treasure not to be missed. The self-guided tour of the ship with a recorded device lets you tour the ship at your leisure. It is a wonderful story of the ship's history, of saving her from the scrap heap in Greece, to working and living on the ship. Please don' t miss... More 

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Vidor, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you like history then you'll be fascinated with this tall ship and its walk thru museum. Suggest doing the combo package. I was with the whole family, ages 8 to 42. Don't forget to do the harbor boat tour as well. Something special for the kids under 13 on the way back to pier. So glad I insisted this... More 

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122 reviews 122 reviews
26 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What was there was very interesting, but the place seemed rather empty. I guess they are still repairing damage from Hurricane Ike that hit in 2008. There is still drywall damage still evident in the theater.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went just so that we could look at the Elissa, an old sailboat from the 1800s that looks like a pirate ship to me! You are allowed to tour the ship, even see the Captain's quarters and all. The 'museum' part has a few pieces and wasn't an extensive museum. I found the Elissa to be the focal point.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Interesting side trip if you're in Galveston....the displays included models of various ships and maps showing commercial routes of the past. More fun: typewriters that kids can type on, including one with a very long carriage for ship manifests. Upstairs, we learned a lot about shrimp and made a trip down memory lane via frozen shrimp boxes.... it's the randomness... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Friendly staff and great restored ship the Ellisa. You can also watch the dolphins from the back of the ship. Would be even better if they could take people out on the Ellisa, beautiful tall ship.

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A rainy day activity in Galveston. Not crowded on the day we visited, there was plenty of opportunities for a four year old boy to scramble around the tall ship Elisa, accompanied by a watchful adult. The active 80 year old in our party also had no trouble negotiating the ship. Workers high in the rigging and a dolphin sighting... More 

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