Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) offers many events and tours that are open to the public. Tickets and reservations can be made online at galvestonhistory.org or by calling (409)765-7834. This month, these events will take place:
October 6th (6-9pm): Market Street Social featuring Matthew Ryan – You’re invited to join #galvestonhistory for a night of Market Street love featuring live music from acclaimed singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan. Held in the 1904 GH&H Railroad Depot, 3304 Market St., Downtown Galveston, 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 drink available in this rapidly developing area of Galveston Island. Tickets are $10.
October 13th (6-9pm): Sally B. Wallace Awards for Historic Preservation – The 2018 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, recognize outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. The annual award ceremony is named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition. Admission is free with complimentary wine and small appetizers. Please note, this event will take place inside Eaton Chapel, 2216 Ball, Galveston.
October 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 31st (10am-12pm): Fall Sunset Tours – Enjoy fall’s outstanding weather and sunsets with this special, hour and a half long tour. Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests will enjoy a narrated exploration of Galveston’s historic bay. These sunset cruises are BYOB and feature the haunted history of Galveston and the port along with unmatched sunsets and sightseeing. Seagull II, Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel was built specifically for harbor sightseeing excursions and education and is a perfect platform for waterborne experiential learning. The boat is U.S. Coast Guard certified and her operators are fully licensed and knowledgeable about the history and lore of her home waters. Knowledgeably narrated tours explore the wide variety of birds and marine life that teems in the Bay. They have no contract with them, but playful dolphins almost always show up to entertain themselves by watching the red-and-white boat and its passengers. And the human activity in this busy port can only truly be appreciated from the water. A tour aboard the Seagull IIis always an hour well spent. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for youth 6-18 years old.
October 20th (6-9pm): 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Birthday Party and History on Tap – She’s looking fantastic for 141! Help us celebrate the October birthday of The Official Tall Ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, at this special History on Tap tasting. Your $20 ticket gets you admission to the Texas Seaport Museum, onboard the ship, and complimentary craft beer courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. You’ll need that beer for a special toast to the ship which you won’t want to miss. We’re biased, but there’s nothing better than an Elissa IPA onboard ELISSA. In addition to the delicious craft beer, we’ll have a special ELISSA birthday cake and are offering free admission to anyone named Elissa. Simply show up at the gate with your ID and you’re in to share in the celebration! Tickets are $20. This will be held at Texas Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside Dr., Galveston.
October 26th, 27th, 31st (7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm): Lantern Light Tours of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light! This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the night. Tickets are $30.
October 26th, 27th, 31st (7pm and 8:15pm): Ghost Tours of the 1859 Ashton Villa – The public is offered a rare set of tours through this 1859 building. Join your guide for an unprecedented tour of the home as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown. Tickets are $30.
October 31st (2-3pm): Sailor’s Superstition’s Tour – Come join a spook-tacular tour of the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA and learn what makes sailor’s so superstitious! From bananas on board to whistling up a storm, this special hour long guided tour will delve into the supernatural world of nautical know-how and uncover the ghostly past of this great national landmark. Tickets are $12. This will be held at Texas Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside Dr., Galveston. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for youth 6-18 years old.
October 31st (5-7pm): 1838 Menard House Trick or Treat – Galveston’s oldest residence opens its gates for one night of ghostly fun. Bring your kids by for treats. Free for all, be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment. Admission is free.
November 9th (6-8:30pm): Main Sail Movie Night: “The Finest Hours” – 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 Haborside. 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.
Bishop’s Palace Tours
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic 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.
September 8th, 22nd, October 6th, 20th (11am-1pm): Basement to Attic Tours – 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 and an exclusive third-floor view to a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.
October 24th and November 23rd (8pm): Full Moon Tour of The Bishop – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light…the moonlight. See how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight. Tickets are $30 per person.