Galveston Museum Day

Start your new year off with a glimpse into the Island’s storied past during this annual event held in January.

Many visitors to Galveston are familiar with the island’s 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. Some may not be familiar with the wide variety of museums and attractions in this historic beach town. During Galveston Museum Day, visitors can explore many Galveston museums at special rates.

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Galveston Museum Day: Jan 28-29, 2023
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Galveston Museum Day
About The Event

Museum Day participants will have the opportunity to learn about Galveston’s place as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States during the late 1800s, the powerful families who helped build the city, Galveston’s significance to immigration in the region, and the importance of the industries that keep Galveston thriving.

2023 Pariticipating Museums
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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Free admission

Explore the Galveston Arts Center – an independent nonprofit organization and art museum that presents pacesetting contemporary art in a historic building on Galveston’s Strand.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

Explore the Galveston Children’s Museum – a unique, hands-on environment where children can explore, investigate, create and discover.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

Experience a WWII submarine, the USS Cavalla, and the WWII destroyer escort, the USS Stewart – one of only two escorts remaining in the United States.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

The golden age of rail comes alive at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Set on acres of railyard, the museum is rich in history, exhibits, and interactive activities, including restored 1932 Train Depot, vintage sleep, luggage, dining and passenger railcars. Museum store and complimentary parking.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

View opulent decor and majestic architecture while hearing about the Moody family on a self-paced audio tour of this lovingly restored and furnished 28,000-square-foot treasure from the late 1800s.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Free admission

At the Juneteenth Legacy Project Headquarters art gallery, visitors can see the stunning, 5,000 square foot art installation chronicling the emancipation of Black people in Galveston on the outside of the building. Inside, the gallery offers a journey through African American history from the 1800s to present day. The gallery features sculptures and paintings by local Black artists, plus a reflection area. The Juneteenth Legacy Headquarters is located at 22nd and Strand Street.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Free Admission

"And Still We Rise… Galveston's Juneteenth Story" introduces the context and consequences of the General Orders, No. 3 announcement from 1865 to the present day, in a long journey towards "absolute equality."

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Free admission (CLOSED SUNDAY)

Come and explore the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. View special exhibits on The 1900 Storm in the Harris Gallery located on the fourth floor and Galveston artists and the Treasure of the Month on the second floor.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer: Buy one, get one free admission

Visit one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.

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Galveston Museum Day Offer #1: Free tours Saturday (10AM-5PM) AND Sunday (1PM-5PM)

Tour the Official Opera House of Texas, one of the few remaining theaters of its era and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the Hall of History on the first floor featuring historic photos of the theatre and many of the notable artists who have performed at The Grand.

Galveston Museum Day Offer #2: Buy one, get one free admission* to The Romeros Quartet (Saturday, Feb 4, 2023, 8:00 PM)
Galveston Museum Day Offer #3: Buy one, get one free admission* to The Kingdom Choir (Friday, Feb 24, 2023, 8:00 PM)
Galveston Museum Day Offer #4: Buy one, get one free admission* to Yamato - The Drummers of Japan: The Wings of Phoenix (Saturday Mar 18, 2023, 8:00 PM)
Galveston Museum Day Offer #5: Buy one, get one free admission* to The StepCrew (Friday, Mar 24, 2023, 8:00 PM)

*Use code "MUSEUM" at checkout to apply these discounted prices.

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Galveston Museum Day Virtual Tours

1895 Moody Mansion
The Bryan Museum
Galveston Railroad Museum
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum
Galveston Naval Museum
The Grand 1894 Opera House
Additional Events

Dates: January 9 to February 5, 2023

Galveston Restaurant Week brings the island’s vibrant food scene to life! Dozens of Galveston restaurants will participate in this event, which is a once-a-year opportunity for diners to try top dishes on prix-fixe breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at attractive price points.

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