Galveston Naval Museum

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Galveston Naval Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome Aboard! Galveston Naval Museum is home to two Historic Naval Ships listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Touring both the USS Cavalla and the USS Stewart, you'll learn what sailors and submariners ate, where they slept and how they worked together as a fighting force during World War II. We are more than a WWII museum. We are an educational center and unique venue for Ship Sleepovers, private events and special occasions. Our Mission: To PRESERVE the historic integrity and authenticity of our ships. To REMEMBER and HONOR our Greatest Generation who sacrificed so much for our enduring freedom. To EDUCATE all generations about American history, U.S. Navy heritage and innovation, and the courage of our military heroes and their families.
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Sheila B
Amarillo, TX81 contributions
Opened our eyes
Apr 2021 • Couples
The workers were excellent. Very courteous and gracious. The museum opened our eyes immensely. We were so proud of their service during WWII. It was beautiful and In formative. We were so proud to get the privilege of visiting this beautiful park. If you ever get a chance, take a picnic lunch and enjoy the history, and have a picnic lunch in the beautiful park.
Written May 1, 2021
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Wyosoldier
Cheyenne, WY2,460 contributions
A memorial to those who served on and under the seas
Apr 2021
The park is seperate from the military display area, so there is a parking fee. It is wonderful they were able to rescue and preserve these historic ships. The sub is very well preserved but the destroyer escort is suffering from rust issues. It is still worth the visit and to read their story. It is called Seawolf Park in remembrance of a WWII sub that didn't return. The compass on the ground has plaques of all the WWII subs that are still on patrol.
Written April 14, 2021
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,430 contributions
Historic Ships
Mar 2021
Both the USS Stewart and the USS Cavalla served with honour and distinction and are preserved with pride by the many folks who take the time to insure that these historic ships will be around for future generations .

Take your time and as you walk the decks, be sure to remember and thank those who went before.

Both the ships and the men ( mostly boys ) who sailed on them went into harms way.

Honour them, Be respectful while you are aboard.
Written April 8, 2021
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Raven2015
Houston, TX46 contributions
Time well spent
Mar 2021
Kind staff, interesting, up close look at a naval ship and submarine. There were small children there, but I cannot recommend this as a place for little ones. Steep metal stairs, open hatchways, and close quarters in many places. Fascinating though, for adults and older children.
Written March 16, 2021
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Redbootz1
Uk3 contributions
Really great if only staff enforced mask wearing in the enclosed submarine as that ruined our visit.
Dec 2020 • Family
We actually loved visiting here. We came two days in a row as my daughter was so excited. The first day was good and everyone was in masks and being respectful to others. And I would have given five stars.

We came again today and we didn’t see many people, we put our masks on. We didn’t realise two people were in front of us below in the submarine and they had masks below there nose and then two other delinquents came with no masks at all. So we were stuck in the middle of complete and utter disrespectful idiots. Now I know some are not that educated and clearly they lacked any common sense but people need to realise the lack of ventilation on an enclosed submarine! I am furious I made a massive point and yet they failed to put on a mask and got even closer. And they wonder why so many in this county are sick. Yes we took a risk but we respected the regulations and put the mask on and kept them on as to be respectful and to keep safe.

I feel staff should be at be top of the submarine to enforce masks when entering and having a limit to how and when people can enter. This wasn’t even a busy day. They need a staff member below in the submarine to enforce mask wearing. It’s not hard.

Also one man on the gate for parking etc his mask was not a mask again a safety issue which on the first day we did not encounter. I am very disappointed and now we will have to isolate for two weeks and pray we did not get anything off these pillocks!
Written December 31, 2020
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Bunmaster2014
Boca Raton, FL6,757 contributions
WARTIME NAVY SHIPS
Dec 2020 • Solo
The submarine here, the USS Cavalla, sank a Japanese aircraft carrier during World War II.

USS Stewart, a destroyer escort, saw duty in the Atlantic and Pacific during that war.

I was in the Army, not the Navy, and I don't know much about Navy ships. So these two vessels were interesting and edifying to me. I felt cramped just visiting the submarine. I couldn't imagine myself actually being a crew member on this ship. Too confining and claustrophobic. Exploring these ships gave me a lot of respect for the sailors that served on them, especially in wartime.
Written December 20, 2020
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donald
Georgetown, KY8 contributions
A war so ship and a submarine
Nov 2020 • Couples
Nice place on pelican point. We used Groupon for the admission. Still had to pay$6 for parking. It is a self guided tour. You do need to wear a mask, but it wasn't busy on a Friday afternoon
Written November 14, 2020
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JackP-Tx
Beeville, TX11 contributions
A little naval history
Nov 2020
There are two retired ships here to explore - a submarine and a destroyer. After touring both, you gain a greater appreciation for the bravery the men who served on these vessels.
Written November 8, 2020
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NewBen13
Grain Valley, MO51 contributions
Great warships!
Oct 2020 • Family
Took the family here to view the ship and sub. The lady at the counter very nice. We were able to tour the inside of both and we loved taking a trip back in time. The kids were mystified with the cramped quarters and switches, knobs and gauges in the submarine. Definitely recommend for any military enthusiast or otherwise.
Written October 16, 2020
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Kyl
15 contributions
Such a great experience!
Sep 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited the museum because I'm fascinated by old watercraft, especially submarines. The sub is a true time capsule that really makes you appreciate the bravery and dedication of our WWII generation. Also a special appreciation of engineers in a time before computers and calculators. Best part though, was the 19 year old young man that volunteers his time to restore and maintain the sub and ship. His enthusiasm, dedication, and ability restored my faith in the next generation. If there are just a few more like this young man, it's all going to work out fine. Go see the ship and sub and support this wonderful organization!
Written September 11, 2020
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