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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. 29-30, 2022. The event will feature discounted admission to many of Galveston’s museums.
An exciting exhibit taking place at the Galveston Arts Center will be Esferas Perdidas or "Lost Spheres." It is a project conceived by San Antonio glass artists Sean Johnston and Justin Parr. The group was formed for local glass workers to introduce people to their works by hiding select pieces, specifically handmade glass marbles, in and around San Antonio. Photos of their creations and clues to the location are posted to a public Facebook Group, encouraging followers to seek them out. During Galveston Museum Day, artists will hide their marbles around Galveston Island for visitors to seek.
At the Juneteenth Legacy Project Headquarters Gallery, visitors can see the stunning, life-size mural chronicling the emancipation of Black people in Galveston on the outside of the building at Strand and 21st Street. The gallery itself is a trip through time and features sculptures, paintings and a reflection area.
A special exhibit at the Bryan Museum focuses on artist and illustrator, José Cisneros. The most extensive retrospective of his life and art, the exhibition will include a representation of his home studio and display artwork including personal sketches, illustrations from history texts, numerous publications, calligraphy, cartography, and glasswork. The Bryan Museum, opened in 2015, houses one of the world's largest collections of artifacts from the American Southwest and is located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home.
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 and the importance of the industries that keep Galveston thriving.
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 discount for show on Sunday
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
3018 Ursuline Street
Moody Mansion – Two-for-one admission
Rosenberg Library – Free admission (Closed Sunday)
2310 Sealy Avenue
For more information about Galveston Museum Day, go to www.visitgalveston.com.
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 www.visitgalveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.
Insider Tip: The Galveston Island Pass offers savings of up to 40% when you book four or more attractions. For details, go to www.galvestonislandpass.com.