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Texas Seaport Museum

Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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Ranked #23 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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Vidor, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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68 reviews 68 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
46 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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