Galveston Historical foundations offers interactive guided tours for students and adults of all ages that are educational and entertaining! Book early to get the date you want as many of our popular tours sell out. For group tour booking we require 20 or more participants. Call 409-765-3435 or email Shirley.Esparza@galvestonhistory.org to schedule and get more information.

1892 BISHOP’S PALACE

Group tours can be arranged for parties of 20 or more. Call 409-762-2475 or send an email to bp.user@galvestonhistory.org to book Bishop’s Palace. If you would like to book Bishop’s Palace in conjunction with 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Pier 21 Theater, or Historic Harbor Tour, please call 409-765-3435. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. $9 per adult


HISTORIC HARBOR TOURS ABOARD SEAGULL II

Call 409-765-3435 to book Historic Harbor Tours.

History is alive on Galveston Bay! See the imprint of events and eras in Galveston’s nearly two centuries of history on a shifting shoreline. From the restored 1877 sailing vessel ELISSA, to the grounded ferroconcrete vessel Selma and the sites of the Civil War Battle of Galveston, history takes on new life as you explore the first and oldest seaport in Texas. Experience close-up encounters with big ships, dolphins and seabirds. Time: 1 hour. Cost: $10 per adult.

 


TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM

Come explore the world of 19th century sailing ships aboard the National Historic Landmark, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA! Having visited Galveston in 1883 with a load of bananas from Tampico, Mexico, this beautifully restored merchant vessel represents the affluent past of a major port city on the Gulf of Mexico. Tours include a short film on ELISSA’s rescue by the Galveston Historical Foundation and a guided journey through the ship led by ELISSA’s actual sailing crew! Tour runs 1 hour in length and is $10 per person. Call 409-765-3435 to book.


PIER 21 THEATER

Call 409-765-3435 to book at one movie experience or combine the below movies with a Historic Harbor Tour and/or tour of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA! Pier 21 Theater and the Texas Seaport Museum are located next door to each other.

THE GREAT STORM: The Great Storm, the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8, shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. Film is 30 minutes, $4 per person and showings are on the hour.

THE PIRATE ISLAND OF JEAN LAFITTE: Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Whatever his real motives, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found . . . yet. Film is 18 minutes. $4 per person, showings are on the ½ hour.

GALVESTON – GATEWAY ON THE GULF: Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston, Texas. For some, the city was their final destination, but for most it was merely a way-station on their journey to the interior of the country. By wagon train and rail they would push on to the north and west to tame the land, start businesses, and build communities on the frontier. Film runs 1 hour in length $6 per person, showings at 10am and 4pm.

 

1892 BISHOP’S PALACE

The 1892 Bishop’s Palace is great place for students to learn about architecture and history. You can tour this site alone or in conjunction with our other attractions the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Pier 21 Theater and Historic Harbor Tour. Call 409-762-2475 or send an email to bp.user@galvestonhistory.org to book Bishop’s Palace. If you would like to book Bishop’s Palace in conjunction with other sites please call 409-765-3435. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Student prices are $6 per student. 


HISTORIC HARBOR TOURS ABOARD SEAGULL II

Call 409-765-3435 to book Historic Harbor Tours.

See the imprint of events and eras in Galveston’s nearly two centuries of history on a shifting shoreline. From the restored 1877 sailing vessel Elissa to the grounded ferroconcrete vessel Selma to the sites of the Civil War Battle of Galveston, history is visible on Galveston Bay. Social Studies take on new life as students explore the first and oldest seaport in Texas, still busy and evolving.

INTRODUCTION TO GALVESTON HARBOR TOUR: Enjoy 1 hour of history, wildlife adventure, folklore and more. See Galveston and Galveston Bay from a unique perspective. Experience close-up encounters with big ships, dolphins and seabirds. Time: 1 hour. Cost: $8 per student & chaperone

MARINE BIOLOGY TOUR: FLOATING CLASSROOM: Students breathe the ocean air, visit area birding islands to see indigenous shore bird species, pose challenging questions, use the scientific method, and discuss their findings with the marine biologist aboard. Time: 90 minutes. Cost: $15 per student and chaperone

MARINE BIOLOGY TOUR: FLOATING CLASSROOM/LABORATORY: Our marine biologist leads students in trawling for fish and other sea creatures for hands-on and microscopic observation. Students pose challenging questions and explore answers using the scientific method. The tour visits area birding islands to see indigenous shore bird species and birds of passage in all their variety. Time: 2 hours. Cost: $20 per student and chaperone


TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM

Come explore the world of 19th century sailing ships aboard the National Historic Landmark, ELISSA! Having visited Galveston in 1883 with a load of bananas from Tampico, Mexico, this beautifully restored merchant vessel represents the affluent past of a major port city on the Gulf of Mexico. Tours include a short film on ELISSA’s rescue by the Galveston Historical Foundation and a guided adventure through the ship from stern to bow. Recommended for grades 2 through 12. Tour runs 1 hour in length. $7/student, $10/adult


PIER 21 THEATER

Call 409-765-3435 to book at one movie experience or combine the below movies with a Historic Harbor Tour and/or tour of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA! Pier 21 Theater and the Texas Seaport Museum are located next door to each other.

THE GREAT STORM: The Great Storm, the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8, shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. STUDENTS will learn about the local history surrounding Galveston Island and hear firsthand accounts of people who survived the storm. Recommended for grades 4 through 12. Film runs 30 minutes in length. $3/student, $4/adult

THE PIRATE ISLAND OF JEAN LAFITTE: Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Whatever his real motives, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found . . . yet. Students take home an understanding of how Galveston Island and Texas were settled in the 1800s, as well as a fun way to learn about local maritime history. Recommended for grades 1 through 12. Film runs 18 minutes. $3/student, $4/adult

GALVESTON – GATEWAY ON THE GULF: Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston, Texas. For some, the city was their final destination, but for most it was merely a way-station on their journey to the interior of the country. By wagon train and rail they would push on to the north and west to tame the land, start businesses, and build communities on the frontier. Come learn how people settled the great state of Texas and help create the thriving economy that made Galveston what it is today. Recommended for grades 6 through 12. Film runs 1 hour. $5/student, $6/adult

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