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Texas Seaport Museum

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Address: Pier 21, Number 8, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
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+1 409-763-1877
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Museum & 1877 Tall Ship Elissa

I was a bit disappointed in the Texas Seaport Museum because it was small and had few items to view. However, the gift shop was excellent and so was the Elissa. The 1877 Elissa... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit disappointed in the Texas Seaport Museum because it was small and had few items to view. However, the gift shop was excellent and so was the Elissa. The 1877 Elissa made the trip worthwhile. It has been resorted and you can self tour throughout most of the ship.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was waiting to do dolphin tour when they gave us tickets to the museum. It was neat to be able to walk throughout the ship to see where the crew stayed. Makes going on a cruise so much more fun.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum. The ship outside was the best part. The two ladies at the Fron desk when we arrived we're very sarcastic and rude. They weren't enthused that we interrupted their gossip to purchase tickets.

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Melbourne, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

An informative and easy to manage museum. Couple your visit with the Elissa and you have a wonderful few hours on the waterfront. The ship is one of a kind and amazing.

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El Reno, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our tour. It was enjoyable family fun. Getting to tour the old ship was fascinating too. Set some time to come, the exhibits took us the greater part of two hours. Would recommend this Museum to anyone.

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

There was a movie on the restoration of Elissa, which was great to watch before touring the ship itself. The ship is quite a site and the kids also enjoyed it very much. The museum was very sparse on history and artifacts and we were through the entire thing in less than 20 minutes. That includes watching the video and... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We always love to taste a bit of history on our trips and the kids loved learning at this museum. It was well organized and thought out. We spent a few hours reading, listening and learning. Would return again!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

There are just a few displays inside about shipping and the history of Galveston, but the movie gives a great overview of the project to restore the Ellisa tall-masted ship. Several of the artifacts in the museum are interesting, like the special typewriter for preparing ship manifests. Nice gift shop.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

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 1 October 2016

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.

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