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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Texas Seaport Museum

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Texas Seaport Museum

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 Texas Seaport Museum. Experiences Galveston’s maritime history daily.

(last entrance 1 hour before closing)
10-5 Daily
Adults $12
Youth (6 through 18) $9
Children 5 & Under, free

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PLEASE NOTE | Texas Seaport Museum will be closed November 1-3, November 7-12, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

PRIVATE TOURS | Discounts are available for advance group tours. Call 409-765-3432 for prices and schedules.

2200 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX 77550 United States
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Our Galveston Immigration Database, located inside the Texas Seaport Museum, 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 Texas Seaport Museum 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.

Educational Programs Overnight Programs

With moonlight silhouetting the masts of the 1877 tall ship Elissa, Texas Seaport Museum 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
2228 Broadway, Galveston, Tx. 77550
(409) 765-3402 or FAX (409) 765-6831


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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