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Texas Seaport Museum

Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Ranked #19 of 48 attractions in Galveston
Type: Specialty Museums
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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Houston, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

While there isn't very much to see here, I would still say it is worth a look because when you purchase a ticket to tour the Elissa, you get the museum included in the price of $10.00.

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Houston, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

There is also a separate review for the tall-ship Elissa which is moored here. Really they are one in the same and the reviews should probably be merged. Elissa is well on the way to being under sail again but the interpretive signage could use some help. The museum details the restoration of the Elissa quite well and shrimping along... More

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Montgomery, Texas
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166 reviews 166 reviews
36 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

As part of an extended family post-Thanksgiving weekend in Galveston, we stopped at the Texas Seaport Museum. Our kids and grandkids all toured the Elissa, a tall sailing ship moored there. They toured below decks, walked the decks and turned the huge steering wheel. They all had a great time. My wife and I had been on the Elissa before... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Texas Seaport Museum. We "did" the museum, the Elissa, the Pier 21 movie theater to see a film about the 1900 hurricane, and the harbor tour, and learned a lot about the history of Galveston and sailing. The museum is small, but the Elissa is lovely (even when undergoing restoration, which is... More

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Sasakwa, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Tour the Ellisa, its worth it. Very interesting and different. How many times do you get to be on a 3 masted ship? Kids loved it.

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Austin, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

This didn't take all that long, even when done in conjunction with the Elissa tour, and the Great Storm film. It's pretty educational, and it has appeal for fans of sailing and the tall ships. This so inexpensive, one can't help but get their money's worth.

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Marshall, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

The museum was okay but small. The ship was being remodeled so could not go on lower decks. Made it not as great as hoped. But still was fun to go.

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