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Texas Seaport Museum

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Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-763-1877
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Very nice museum

Good history of Gaveston. The beach was not what drew people to this island, it was the natural port.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Paducah, Kentucky
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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good history of Gaveston. The beach was not what drew people to this island, it was the natural port.

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended a guided tour recently. We had been there before, but the guided tour definitely added much more information and was more interesting. The tour of the Elissa sailing ship was especially enjoyable. They've done a lot of restoration since the last time we were there.

Thank 791sarahc791
Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a nice little 1 hour boat ride around the harbor. Saw some fishing boats unloading and some oil company equipment, etc. Lots of dolphins and birds hanging around and an interesting old concrete ship that was sunk many years ago. Definitely worth the $10 fare.

Thank fwlady
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The sailing vessel Elissa is great but much TLC is required to maintain such basics as the bright work and brass. Museum was interesting that included a 20-minute video about the Elissa which was intriguing but dated.

Thank CaptainBlackie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Great presentation of Galveston's history as one of America's premier seaports. Plus, home to the tall ship Elissa, a treasure. The museum has good exhibits and a fascinating introductory film to acquaint you with Galveston's colorful and tragic history. Take time to visit Elissa, and if you are lucky, talk to the volunteers who keep it shipshape and ready for... More 

Thank Gene C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We just took the harbor tour. It's a nice hour on the water. We saw a few dolphins and lots of birds. Learned a little bit about the ships and other vessels in the harbor. For 10 bucks, we enjoyed it. If you're debating whether to take this tour of the Dolphin Watch next door: the combo tickets are a... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

As with most things in Galveston parking is going to cost you. Not the Galveston I remember as a young man.

Thank Jeffrey L
Spring, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is included when you purchase a tour of The Elissa. Well worth the price for both. I do recommend.

Thank BryanP250
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

The most interesting part of the museum is the movie about the restoration of the tall ship Elissa. The rest of the museum is rather dull - mostly just plaques on the walls.

Thank Jessica B
Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We had a blast on this. We did the combo and toured the ship, museum, and harbor tour to see dolphins. It was great! The captain on the tour was wonderful! We really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend for families!

Thank StephOlson0823

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