Ensuring the safety of the Official Tall Ship of Texas, Seagull II, and our Galveston Historic Seaport is among Galveston Historical Foundation’s highest priorities. The recent threat of Hurricane Laura put into place a set of actions to keep ELISSA and the site safe during approaching hurricanes. As such, tours are currently limited to above-deck only. We have reduced our pricing to accommodate this change.
PARDON OUR MESS!
The Texas Seaport Museum is currently undergoing renovation for a summer launch of a new interactive experience. Ship to Shore will debut in 2021 and tell Galveston’s rich immigration history through a new, state-of-the-art, experience. During construction, the museum will be closed, however, tours of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and our Harbor Tours are available daily.
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. The 1877 ELISSA welcomes visitors at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Experience Galveston’s maritime history daily.
PLEASE NOTE | The Galveston Historic Seaport will be closed November 7-12, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We will be open Saturday, November 2 from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, November 3 from 10 am – 2 pm.
PRIVATE TOURS | Discounts are available for advance group tours. Call 409-765-3432 for prices and schedules.
Our Galveston Immigration Database, located inside the Galveston Historic Seaport, allows visitors to search for information taken from ships’ passenger manifests pertaining to their ancestors’ arrival in Texas. For your convenience, the database is also available online. Click here to learn more and access it online.
The Galveston Historic Seaport and Galveston Historical Foundation offer teachers and students a large variety of TEKS aligned field trips focusing on history, math, and science. For more information, download the PDF below or contact Susan Vanderford at 409-765-3432.
500 on Elissa and museum site
300 for seated dinner on the pier
Fee includes access to the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa’s decks, galleries, officers’ quarters, and galley for use as a serving area or bar, as well as the museum’s pier, galleries, and restrooms. All functions must be catered; no kitchen facilities are available. Wheelchair accessible, except Elissa. For more information or reservations:
Lauraleigh Gourley, Rentals Manager of Historic Properties
Galveston Historical Foundation
2228 Broadway, Galveston, Tx. 77550
(409) 765-3402 or FAX (409) 765-6831
ACCESSIBILITY TO THE GALVESTON HISTORIC SEAPORT
The museum galleries and restrooms are completely accessible by wheelchair. There are about 8 steps and a ramp to go aboard Elissa’s main deck, and a couple of steps (depending on the tide) to board Seagull II. Please call 409-763-1877 in advance so that we can try to accommodate any special needs.