Galveston Historical Foundation’s Events
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.
- January 12th, January 26th, February 9th, February 23rd (11am-12:30pm): Guided Tours are available.
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. Joesph’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 28th (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.
April 6th: 2019 Daysails & Plankowners’ Sailabration – 2019 sees the Official Tall Ship of Texas return to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for her annual daysail series. As one of the oldest, and longest continuously sailed vessels in the world, the annual daysails keep her where she works best, with her sails down, sailing in the Gulf waters. This annual fundraising event will feature hors-d’oeuvres, open bar, premium dining, incredible auction items and more. 100% of the proceeds benefit ELISSA and the many educational and training programs of the Texas Seaport Museum. The Plankowners’ Sailabration offers the public the opportunity to purchase a plank. Each plank donation will be honored with the purchaser’s name recorded and displayed on ELISSA’s Plankowners’ II Honor Board for posterity. 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 galvestonhistory.org.
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.