Galveston Historical Foundation
Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Drive on the 2nd floor, above Willie G’s. Entrance is located on south-east corner of building. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time. No late seating is allowed.

PLEASE NOTE | Pier 21 Theater will be closed March 20 & 27, October 21-25, November 1-4, Thanksgiving Day, December 1 & 2, Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Discounts for prearranged group tours. Call 409-763-8808 for more information.


Thursday – Monday 11 – 5
Wednesday 10 – 5
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

The Great Storm, the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8, has been digitally restored from its 35MM slide presentation to an advanced wide-screen, high definition format. This documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. This new HD version shows incredible detail and clarity in the black and white photos taken after the disaster and used in the documentary.

The new digitally projected show coupled with a new state-of-the-art sound system brings visitors even closer to the story. “Using today’s imaging technology we were able to remove large scratches, tears and focus issues in the photography which wasn’t possible 18 years ago,” says Producer Richard Hoggatt of Houston’s Stage Directions Production Company. “The result with digital projection is an incredible clarity in these old images.”


Thursday- Monday 11:30 – 3:30
Wednesday 10:30 – 5:30
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

Jean LaffitePirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite. His harsh actions have secured his place in infamy, but his motives remain a mystery to this day.

Whatever his reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found . . . yet.

The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, directed by C. Grant Mitchell, is an exciting chronicle of the adventures of the pirate who called Galveston home and seeks to explore the questions of his character.


Shows Thursday through Monday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

Galveston Immigration StationBetween 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston, Texas. Their stories are as rich and diverse as their origins, and they gave the island a most unique cultural heritage which continues today.

For some, the city was their final destination, but for most it was merely a way-station on their journey to the interior of the country. By wagon train and rail they would push on to the north and west to tame the land, start businesses, and build communities on the frontier. In the process, Galveston would grow and prosper, becoming the most important shipping and financial center in the Southwest. As the premier port of entry for the entire region, Galveston would rightfully come to be called America’s Gateway on the Gulf.

Galveston – Gateway on the Gulf is a documentary telling the story of these, and all the other immigrants who shaped the island’s business, social, and cultural existence.

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