Make your next vacation historic! Learn about Galveston’s history through exhibits, tours and more!

Discover Galveston’s History on Your Next Vacation | Ship ashore exhibit by Galveston Historical Foundation

Planning your next Galveston vacation and looking to do something different? Read on to find out how you can make your vacation historic!

Galveston is full of amazing places and experiences to offer its residents and tourists alike. From its scenic beaches to wildly popular amusement parks and everything in between, Galveston offers plenty of compelling reasons for everyone to visit. Luckily, there are plenty of vacation rentals in Galveston as well.

While it’s only natural to get out and visit the island’s beautiful coastlines and parks, be sure to also explore Galveston Island’s rich history. You can turn your trip to Galveston into a moment of history by discovering the attractions operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation.

About the Galveston Historical Foundation

The GHF was established as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871, then merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity that would work to preserve historic and the history of Galveston County. Learn more about the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Your Historic Galveston Vacation – Immersive Historic Exhibits

And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story

Make your next vacation historic!  Learn about Galveston's history through immersive museum exhibits and home tours with the Galveston Historical Foundation

This Juneteenth exhibit educates locals and visitors alike about the significance of Galveston’s history from 1865. It’s a chance to connect important neighborhood landmarks and their importance in Galveston’s past. Galvestonians have always known Juneteenth, but now that it’s a recognized national holiday, more tourists can explore Ashton Villa and learn about the island’s importance to American freedom.
Where: 2328 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550
When: Open Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm (please arrive before 4pm to allow plenty of time for viewing before closing.)
How much: Adult: $10 | Youth: $5

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ship ashore

ship ashore Galveston Historical Foundation

Based on real, verified accounts of immigrants arriving in Galveston, the Ship to Shore experience develops a number of sequential experiential spaces that alternate interactive learning with immersive encounters. A digital membership card is also used in the experience, giving each guest a unique, real-life tale during their stay.
Where: Pier 22 Suite, 8, Galveston, TX 77550, United States/
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
How much: Adult: $20 | Youth: $16

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Historic Galveston Vacations – Historic Home Tours

1892 Episcopal Palace

Things to do in Galveston this weekend Bishop's Palace

Image Courtesy: Historical Foundation of Galveston

The Bishop’s Palace, also known as Gresham House, was built in 1892 and is located at the contribution of the historic East End district. It is one of the most important Victorian houses in the country, according to architectural historians. Due to its national architectural significance, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
When: Self-guided tours Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Please arrive before 4 p.m. to allow plenty of time for tours before closing.)
How much: Adult: $15 | Youth: $9

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1895 Moody Mansion

brooding mansion

This four-story, 28,000 square foot historic property in Galveston was built in 1895 and has been meticulously restored and preserved to retain its turn-of-the-century beauty. The house is on the US National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can see and feel the life of a wealthy Texan family as they explore the 20 rooms of this mansion.
Where:2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, United States
When: Self-guided tours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
How much: Adults: $15 | Youth: $7

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Historic Galveston Vacation – Harbor Tour & Elissa Tall Ship

Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watching


Set sail on the 50-foot Seagull II twin-engine powerboat for the historic harbor tour and dolphin spotting. This magnificent vessel was designed exclusively for harbor tours and educational purposes and is the perfect platform for experiential watercraft learning.
Where: Pier 22 Suite #8, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday; Tours last 1 hour and depart at 10:15am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm and 4:00pm
How much: $17

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Historic Galveston Seaport – Home of the 1877 tall ship Elissa

1877 TALL SHIP ELISSAThe 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three such vessels in the world still actively sailing and welcomes over 40,000 visitors a year. It also represents the historic origins of the Gulf Coast as a bustling waterfront, and as the official Tall Ship of Texas. She is a National Historic Landmark and at the Historic Seaport of Galveston, visitors are greeted by her beauty as they explore daily encounters with Galveston’s maritime past.

Where:Pier 22 Suite #8, Galveston, TX 77550, USA
When: Open Tue-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.)
How much: Adults: $10 | Children: $7

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Note: All images and information used in this article are credited at Galveston Historical Foundation.

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