Galveston Historical Foundation
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Texas Seaport Museum

Galveston Historic Seaport – Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Get TicketsPier 22, Suite 8 | 409-763-1877
Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30)
Admission: Adult – $18 | Youth (6-18) – $12 | Children (5 & Under) – Free
Includes Access to Galveston’s Immigration Experience “Ship To Shore”

CLOSINGS: We will be closed on November 24, December 24 & 25, and January 1. The site will be closed until 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.


Saturday, July 20 – 1 p.m.

Sail training on ELISSA gives the participants a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail onboard a historic sailing ship from 1877 and literally sail history! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


Ship To Shore allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the early immigrants, from the long sea voyage with its mix of hardships and wonders to the bustle of arriving in the 1880s at Galveston. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Ship Wheel


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, a Tall Ship for Texas, 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.

With moonlight silhouetting the masts of the 1877 tall ship Elissa, the Galveston Historic Seaport provides a romantic, outdoor setting for weddings and receptions. The location on Galveston’s historic waterfront also offers a picturesque site for a variety of business and social functions.


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
2002 Strand, Galveston, Tx. 77550
(409) 765-3402


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.

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