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Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-763-1877
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Description: 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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A pleasant surprise

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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.

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Boerne, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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

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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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
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4 attraction reviews
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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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127 reviews 127 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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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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