History & Heritage

A bustling maritime port and the birthplace of Juneteenth celebrations, Galveston celebrates its rich history and heritage.

First settled in the 16th century, Galveston's citizens have weathered civil war, survived monumental storms, and created celebrations that spread to the nation.

pictured: 1892 Bishop's Palace

Explore the historic churches founded by emancipated African Americans across Galveston - many of which flourish to this day. Or, immerse yourself in Galveston's maritime history by exploring the Texas Seaport Museum and the decks of the Tall Ship ELISSA.

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Galveston has figured prominently in the history of Texas, including in its African American history.

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Galveston is renowned for its beautiful architecture and historic buildings.

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Uncover the rich history of Galveston Island.

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