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Galveston Historical Foundation

NAO SANTA MARIA AND 1877 ELISSA TOURS

The 1877 ELISSA welcomes visiting tall ship Nao SANTA MARIA to the Galveston Historic Seaport for a week of tours through both vessels. Tickets can be purchased as a combo for both, or individually for either ship. The addition of SANTA MARIA to the seaport gives guests a unique opportunity to see how ships of different eras operate and how much of the art of sailing remains unchanged.

Tours of both ships will be available Saturday, April 24th through Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Combo tickets for both ships are $20 for adults, $11.50 for youth (6-18), and free for children 5 and under. Advance purchase is recommended through the link below although tickets will be available at the gate based on availability.

Please note: online tickets will close the evening before the day offered. Remaining tickets will be available for walk-up the day of. Advance ticket holders need to show up no later than two hours before closing to guarantee your tour.

Tickets are non-refundable and face masks are encouraged while on-site and during the tour.

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ABOUT THE NAO SANTA MARÍA

The Nao Victoria Foundation is a non-profit entity that specializes in promoting and spreading historical events, which are supported by the construction of historical ships (the Nao Victoria, El Galeón, and the Nao Santa María) that are sailed throughout the world’s ports. The Nao Santa María is one of their hallmark vessels and educates on the region’s ships, seamen, seafarer’s tradition, and history. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of the foundation’s history.

ABOUT THE 1877 TALL SHIP ELISSA

Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront.

ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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Bertie Simmons
Bertie Simmons
25 days ago

Is there a discount for senior citizens?

Kenya Johanson
Kenya Johanson
24 days ago

Is the tour wheel chair accessable?

Alex
Alex
24 days ago

Hi we are excited to come tour both ships I will be coming this weekend with my wife and little sister. Is there an estimated time of arrival or departure we live close to the island and would really like to come see it coming or leaving. Thank you!

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Galveston History
24 days ago

Okay thank you for the quick response.

Conner
Conner
24 days ago

Super cool! How busy do these tours usually get? What is the mask situation like?

Rachael
Rachael
Reply to  Galveston History
22 days ago

Do you allow medical exemptions for the masks?

Amy Bailey
Amy Bailey
23 days ago

My parents who are in their 80s want to come and tour the ships. Is it safe for people who are not that steady and not able to go up or down ladders?

Veranda Marie Williamson
Veranda Marie Williamson
21 days ago

Can you use a small stroller?

Alexis Harmon
Alexis Harmon
21 days ago

Hi, what are the parking options??

Alicia Perez
Alicia Perez
20 days ago

How long are the tours, and what time does the last tour start?
With an advance ticket in a weekday, would arriving at 3:30 p.m. be advisable?

Jennifer
Jennifer
19 days ago

Hi there! Are tickets good only for the day purchased/printed on the ticket print-out? Or will they be accepted other days also?

Jennifer
Jennifer
Reply to  Galveston History
19 days ago

Thank you!

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