Resiliency and a heart for preservation have helped make Galveston one of the most well-known historic towns on the Gulf Coast. The strength, ingenuity and progress of Galvestonians in the aftermath of the 1900 Storm are captured within the walls of numerous museums on the Island. On January 26, 2019, these museums will offer incentives for history buffs to take a glimpse into the island’s storied past.
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, Galveston’s significance to immigration in the region and the importance of the industries that keep Galveston a thriving coastal city and tourism destination today.
Museum Day brings together several museums for one day of free admissions and discounts.
Be sure to request a Galveston Museum Day passport from the first museum you visit and get it stamped at every location throughout the day. Here’s why:
VISIT THREE OR MORE MUSEUMS AND YOU’LL BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A ONE-NIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL GALVEZ + VIP PASSES
1892 Bishop’s Palace – FREE ADMISSION
1402 Broadway Ave
Tour one of the island’s most popular mansions built of stone and steel, designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect.
Galveston Arts Center – FREE ADMISSION AND ART MAKING ACTIVITY
2127 Strand St
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.
Galveston Children’s Museum – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
Bring the family out and enjoy this unique, hands-on museum filled with fun and entertaining interactive exhibits for ages 18 months to 12 years. Current exhibits include: Our Town, Building Zone, A Stroke of Genius, Kid’s Clinic, Tinker Workshop, Explore and Discover, Room to Grow and Now Starring You.
Galveston Naval Museum – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
100 Seawolf Park Blvd
Tour the WWII submarine, the USS Cavalla, and the WWII destroyer escort, the USS Stewart – one of only two escorts remaining in the United States.
Galveston Railroad Museum – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
2602 Santa Fe Pl
Explore locomotive history with one of the largest restored railroad collections in the United States.
Moody Gardens – DISCOUNT DAY PASS FOR $30 PER PERSON
1 Hope Blvd
Explore the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids plus 3D and 4D theaters, the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, ropes course and zip line.
1895 Moody Mansion – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
2618 Broadway Ave
View opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas’ most powerful families.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
2002 Wharf Rd
Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility.
Rosenberg Library – FREE ADMISSION + SCAVENGER HUNT WITH PRIZES
2310 Sealy St
Come and explore the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. Here you’ll find historical artifacts pertaining to Galveston, paintings of Galveston subjects and more.
Texas City Museum – $2 OFF ADMISSION UP TO 4 PPL
409 6th St N, Texas City, TX
Discover this regional history museum featuring artifacts from the naval ferryboat, the USS Westfield (including a real Civil War cannon), plus exhibits on the founding of Texas City and the 1947 Disaster, Children’s Discovery Room and model train layouts.
Texas Seaport Museum – FREE ADMISSION
2200 Harborside Dr
Explore Galveston’s history of seaborne commerce and immigration and tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official tall ship of Texas.
The Bryan Museum – BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ADMISSION
1315 21st St
Experience a taste of edible Texas history. Tasty treats – matching each historical period showcased in the museum – will be available for you to eat in our galleries from 2 to 5 p.m. A special program, the Traditional Art of Gunsmithing, will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Museum tours are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home, the museum showcases one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifact, documents and artwork relating to the American West.
The Grand 1894 Opera House – 25% off the performance of Something Rotten (use code ‘MUSEUM’ at checkout)
2020 Postoffice St
Experience this hilarious Broadway smash at the official opera house of Texas, which is one of the few remaining theatres of its era and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
INSIDER TIP: Hotel Galvez’s Hall of History is always free to the public. Download their FREE history and ghost audio tour for smartphones.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey