Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
  • 2200 Harborside Dr
    Galveston, Texas 77550
  • (409) 763-1877
  • Hours:
    The Texas Seaport Museum is temporarily closed for renovations. However, tours of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Harbor Tours are available daily.

Learn about Gaveston's past and immerse yourself in Texas history when you visit The Texas Seaport Museum. 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.

Though the museum portion of this attraction is currently closed and undergoing renovation for a 2021 summer launch of a new interactive experience, tours of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and our Harbor Tours are still going.


  • Historic
  • Meeting/Private Space
  • Water Views
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