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“Interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
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Ranked #10 of 88 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I give this a 5 because not only do you get to tour the ship, you also get to tour the museum included in the price of $10.00. You will have to pay for parking on the way out if you do not get your ticket stamped. Go into any business on the grounds and they will validate parking for you. Staff are very friendly and love to talk about the vessile.

Visited January 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“limited cotent on the ship, still very cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to the Elissa but like others have commented, it is an ongoing work in progress that challenge the $8 entry fee per person. We were told that the volunteers are down there every other weekend to both work on the restoration and also to practice the necessary sailwork to take her out under sail. If they could make that information readily available, that might help some. The good side to having the volunteers there working on the boat is that you get to feel the enthusiasm that they all have for Elissa. We were invited to tour their workshop which had a full variety of the spare parts that you would need for a ship with this much rigging.

Externally, I thought that the ship looked pretty good. Inside, they could use a little help. Some of the hands on displays have seen a few too many hands over the years and some of the informative signs could stand some reprinting. The information is all there but....

I thought that the attached museum was a little lacking in information. Very good info on the restoration of the Elissa and the history of shrimping on the gulf coast but not much else. Like many other sites in the area, I'm sure that they too are in the process of recovering from hurricane Ike. 4 years and $4M has made some good headway. Once they take her back out under sail in early spring of 2014, it will be a sight to see.

Visited January 2014
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“good for local history & sailors”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We enjoyed the boat, but the museum was more interesting to me. Husband sails so he liked the ship more than I. Their gift store attached to the museum has some very nice things to bring back home. We bought a rope & ribbon Christmas wreath - and worth dragging onto the airplane home.

Visited December 2013
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Fairview, Texas
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“Setting the top galant spar...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

...was the highlight of my husbands visit to the Galveston area. The ship and museum are rather good for a private foundation. My husband counted himself among the few living enthusiasts to personally see such a maneuver on the ship. The rest of us found the ship to be interesting and well presented.

Visited November 2013
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“Underwhelming in every way”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Our family was down in Galveston for a weekend get away and while we were killing time waiting until we could check in at our house we thought we would take the girls to see the Elissa (I remembered being pretty impressed with it as a kid). We told them it was a surprise visit to a really cool site. As soon. As we saw the ship we could tell that it was basically being reconstructed. There were workers all over her so we figured that tours were closed, but the sign saying it was open lured us in. We double checked with the staff in the gift shop since we didn't see anyone other than workers on the boat. They told us it was in fact open and didn't say a word about how limited the access would be on board. We started in the museum part of the tour and it too looked pretty sad in general. Most of the pieces weren't fully working or weren't very informative. We sat and watched the film on the Elissa's history and while it was interesting, the movie was really dated. The kids exhibits upstairs were mostly tired looking and or not in working condition. As we boarded the ship, the workers barely moved out of our way and certainly weren't friendly. Both the crew and captain's cabins were off limits due to work being done. The cargo area beneath the deck was open and have some interesting information on display but without getting to tour the crew areas we felt slighted. As we crossed the deck to the stern, the main sanding the deck didn't even move so we could get by.

I get that the restoration project is important and from what we could tell, the ship will look pretty cool once it's finished, I think it would have been appropriate for them to tell us how limited the tour would be, or at least offer tickets at a discount. To top it off, parking was $8 for our barely over and hour stay. I'd skip this attraction until the refurb is officially done.

Visited October 2013
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