dad and son view an exhibit at bryan museum

Celebrate Galveston Museum Day Jan. 28-29

Visitors to Galveston will be able to start their new year off with a glimpse into the Island’s storied past during Galveston Museum Day taking place Jan. 27-28, 2024. The event will feature discounted admission to many of Galveston’s museums.

During Museum Day, visitors can 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, its significance as the birthplace of Juneteenth and the importance of the industries that keep Galveston thriving.

A bonus exhibition is the Washed Ashore exhibit that will remain in Galveston through March 31. Island visitors can view 5 sculptures crafted from plastic trash collected from beaches. The large, stunning pieces take the shapes of marine animals from sharks to jellyfish. It aims to educate the public about the importance of keeping the earth’s waterways clean. The self-guided tour is free. For information about the sculptures and where they can be found, head to

Here are the participating museums and special offers during Galveston Museum Day:

The Bryan Museum – Two-for-one admission
1315 21st Street

Galveston Arts Center – Free admission
2127 Strand Street

Galveston Children’s Museum
– Two-for-one admission
2618 Broadway (At the Moody Mansion)

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum
– Two-for-one admission
2002 Wharf Road

The Grand 1894 Opera House
– Free tours on Saturday and Sunday, and discount for upcoming shows
2020 Postoffice Street

Galveston Railroad Museum
– Two-for-one admission
2602 Santa Fe Place

Galveston Naval Museum
– Two-for-one admission
100 Seawolf Park Boulevard

Nia Cultural Center
– Free admission
22nd & Strand Street

And Still We Rise – Galveston’s Juneteenth Story
– Free admission
2328 Broadway (At Ashton Villa)

Ship to Shore + 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
– Two-for-one admission
Pier 22 Suite, 8, Galveston, TX 77550

Moody Mansion
– Two-for-one admission
2618 Broadway

Rosenberg Library
– Free admission (Closed Sunday)
2310 Sealy Avenue

For more information about Galveston Museum Day, go to

About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is the birthplace of Juneteenth and home to popular amusements such as Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island go to or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

Insider Tip: Galveston Museum Day takes place during Galveston Restaurant week. Take the opportunity to experience culinary masterpieces at more than 30 island eateries.