PLEASE NOTE: The Tall Ship ELISSA will not be available for tours until Monday, April 15 while she participates in her annual day sails. Texas Seaport Museum will remain open during this time as will our Harbor Tours.

NEW AT TSM : Broadsides in the Gulf: The Texas Navy & the Fight for Independence


Galveston Historical Foundation partnered with the Texas Navy Association to retell the elusive story of our local naval maritime history. Highlighting the fleet of ships that kept the shores of the Gulf Coast safe from invaders, both foreign and domestic, this exhibit takes the public back to a time of cannon fire, sailing ships and adventure on the high seas. Focusing on the 1st and 2nd Texas Navies, museum goers will see artifacts and paintings of the time, as well as ships models, including the infamous topsail schooner INDEPENDENCE. Please visit the second floor of the Texas Seaport Museum to learn more about Broadsides in the Gulf.

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.


Open 10 am – 5 pm daily (last ticket is sold at 4 pm).

Please note: Texas Seaport Museum will be closed November 3 & 4, Thanksgiving day, November 30, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 


Adult [Age 19 yrs and up]: $12
Youth [Age 6 through 18]: $9
Child [Age 5 and under]: FREE
Galveston Historical Foundation members: FREE

The museum galleries and restrooms are completely accessible by wheelchair. There are about 8 steps to go aboard Elissa’s main deck, and a couple of steps (depending on the tide) to board Seagull II. A wheelchair is available free of charge in the museum. Please call 409-765-7834 in advance so that the we can try to accommodate any special needs.

Harbor Tour

Adult $10
Youth $8
Child Free

Seaport Package : (TSM, Elissa, and Harbor Tour)

Adult $20
Youth $15
Child Free

You save $2 per person with the package, compared to tickets for the individual attractions

In 1979, GHF brought ELISSA to Galveston. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed what today may simply be called a miracle as it transformed this rare, historic sailing barque into a museum artifact that could still sail. ELISSA is the official tall ship of Texas and a National Historic Landmark. She is the only symbol in Galveston of its historic beginnings as a port and active waterfront and is one of four tall ships in the world that still sails on a regular basis. ELISSA measures the resilience of Galveston Island and is a worldwide ambassador for our community and state.

GHF supports ELISSA through admissions, special events, donations, and grants. The Foundation receives no federal, state or local government financial support and gets no subsidies from any entity to support ELISSA. She does keep a loyal and talented cadre of hundreds of volunteers who maintain and sail her. Each year thousands of tourists cross her deck to learn more about tall ships and maritime history. School children from around the state know the image of ELISSA as their only connection to Texas’ maritime history.

Click here to donate to the Keep ELISSA Sailing fund at whatever amount you choose.
Contact us directly at 409-765-7834 or and find out how you can support.


Group tours can be arranged for parties of 20 or more. $9.00 per adult. Call 409-763-1877 or send an email to to book.


The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa and Texas Seaport Museum are great places for students to learn about maritime and immigration history. You can tour this site alone or in conjunction with our other attractions the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, Historic Harbor Tour, Pier 21 Theater. Call 409-763-1877 or send an email to to book.