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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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Great ship

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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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 

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Aberdeen
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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.

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Warrington, PA
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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 

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Tucson, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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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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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