Galveston Historical Foundation
1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Texas Seaport Museum

Galveston Historic Seaport – Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Get Tickets2200 Harborside | 409-763-1877
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.)
Admission: Admission: Adult – $10 | Youth (6-18) – $7.00 | Children (5 & Under) – Free Admission

Please note: The Galveston Historic Seaport will be closed November 25th, December 24th and 25th, and January 1st. 


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.

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 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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