“adventure on the high seas”
Welcome to Texas Seaport Museum, a project of Galveston Historical Foundation. Share the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated 1877 tall ship Elissa. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has also been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk Elissa's decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world's oceans. In the adjacent museum and theater, witness the story of Elissa's dramatic rescue from the scrap yard and her meticulous restoration. Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Look for ancestors with a one-of-a-kind computer database containing the names of more than 133,000 immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, "'The Ellis Island of the West"'. Join the Museum's staff and volunteers as they bring the past to life through special exhibits and educational programs. Admission includes self-guided tours of the Texas Seaport Museum and Elissa, a theater presentation and access to the Galveston Immigration Database.
Very informative museum, definitely check out the sea level markers on the brick wall, because it's pretty rad to see the different water levels of hurricanes over the years. Be warned, the exhibits inside are staged, and not actual artifacts. The outside is pretty cool. They have paid tours and self-guided tours. Be sure to see if the ship Elissa is undergoing maintenance or restoration, because if she is you won't be able to see too much of her. I'd call ahead first to see if the ship is closed or open the day you want to go.
I used to volunteer at the museum, A great place and some good history. I take my kids there when I could as they have volunteer work for just about
anyone, but the best part is the sail training, If you put enough time in you might get to go out on the Elissa for a day sail.
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