Spring is Creeping Forward at GHF This Month!


Galveston Historical Foundation Events:

Main Sail Movie Night, Spring Break Camps,
& Elissa Day Sails

Bishop’s Palace Tours

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded-Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway at Ave. J.

Available Daily (11am-5pm): Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11.

February 9th, 23rd, March 9th, 23rd, April 6th, 20th (11am-12:30pm): Basement to Attic Tour – Offering participants a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that are typically off-limits, the Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tour features Mrs. Gresham’s studio. An exclusive third-floor view to a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.

April 19th (7pm), May 18th, September 13th (8pm): Full Moon Tours – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light, the moonlight, on their upcoming Full Moon Tour. This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight.

Other Events

Winter Texans Free Tours – Several free tours are available for Winter Texans. Now that you’ve escaped the cold winter by heading south, it’s island time! Galveston Historical Foundation welcomes you with these specially created tours. February 5th and 19th at 10am, you can tour the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church at 10am. Tours of the 1838 Menard House will be held February 12th and 26th at 10am. These are free to attend.

February 8th (5:30pm): Main Sail Movie Night at Texas Seaport Museum – Join GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum for its next Main Sail Movie Night as “The Finest Hours” is projected on one of the ship’s sails on the pier at Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 22 and Harborside Dr. The movie will begin at sunset. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs, beverages (BYOB), snacks, and blankets. Popcorn will be available for purchase dockside. Admission is free.

Seaport Spring Break Camps – Join the Texas Seaport Museum this March for a Spring Break workshop series! You will be setting sails aboard ELISSA, putting ships in bottles, and looking out for a lighthouse. Classes are free with general admission to the Texas Seaport Museum and held dockside unless otherwise noted. Classes are limited to 20 people and begin at 2pm and last approximately one hour at most. March 12th, Ships Figureheads will be held; March 3rd, Set a Sail will take place; March 14th, will be Lighthouse Project; and March 15th, Set a Sail will take place.

March 22nd (6pm): Market Street Social with Drew Kennedy – You’re invited to join #galvestonhistory for a night of Market Street love featuring live music from acclaimed singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy and numerous Market Street pop-ups. Held in the 1904 GH&H Railroad Depot, guests will be able to purchase specially selected craft beer offerings, a curated menu of cocktails from DTO Galveston, and incredible food options from Gypsy Joynt and Maceo’s – all showcasing some of the amazing food and drinks available in this rapidly developing area of Galveston Island. Tickets are $10 and available at

April 4th-5th (10am) and April 6th (1pm): 2019 Daysails of Elissa – Join for a one of a kind outdoor adventure aboard the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA! As a sail training student, participants will experience what life was like as a 19th-century sailor. The program includes both hands-on and lecture learning, focusing on setting sails and maneuvering the 141-year-old ship through the Gulf of Mexico. Come on this journey through the past and experience your own piece of history. View full information at Tickets are $200-$300. This is for ages 10 and older. This is a 6-hour sail.

April 6th (6pm): Plankowners’ Sailabration – Join in the celebration of the Official Tall Ship of Texas at this year’s Plankowners’ Sailabration! This annual fundraising event features hors-d’oeuvres, craft beer, wine, a buffet dinner, auctions and more! 100% of the proceeds benefit ELISSA and the many educational and training programs of the Texas Seaport Museum. The Plankowners’ Sailabration also offers the public the opportunity to join the Plankowners’ II Syndicate. By joining ELISSA’s Plankowners’ II Syndicate with the purchase of a plank, you can earn your place in the history of the ship. A limited number of combo tickets are available for sailing onboard the 1877 ELISSA and RSVP to the 2019 Plankowners’ Party. Visit for more information on those tickets. Tickets to the party only are $100; Sailing & Party tickets are $200-$300. You can “Buy a Plank” for $500-$700. Tickets are available at

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