Texas Seaport Museum

Student groups exploring the historic port city of Galveston won’t want to miss this favorite gulf coast attraction! The Texas Seaport Museum regales visitors with reels of maritime history, sharing the story of the island’s rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration.

As it resides on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston has a heightened history for seaworthy significance dating back several centuries. The Texas Seaport Museum applauds and preserves more than one era of ships and centers around the celebration of the 1877 tall ship Elissa, a historical and national treasure.

Board the wooden vessel, tour the exhibits on the "Ellis Island of the West," and learn more about the Elissa at the museum and theater. Admission includes access to the museum facility and the Galveston Immigration database, an intriguing short film about the Great Storm of 1900, as well as a tour of floating National Historic Landmark, Elissa. A variety of summer programs let eager “sailors” participate in a sampling of traditional activities aboard the 1877 merchant vessel. Heave, ho!