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 26th, 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 1800’s, 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 these 11 museums for one day of free admissions and discounts. Times vary depending on the museum. Participating museums are:
- 1892 Bishop’s Palace – Tour one of the island’s most popular mansions built of stone and steel, designed by Nicolas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. Admission is free.
- Galveston Arts Center – 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. Admission is free and there is a free art activity.
- Galveston Naval Museum – Tour the USS CAVALLA (WWII submarine) and the USS Stewart (WWII destroyer escort – one of only three in the world). Admission is buy one, get one free.
- Galveston Railroad Museum – Explore locomotive history with one of the largest restored railroad collections in the United States. Admission is buy one, get one free.
- Rosenberg Library – Come and explore the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation. Here you’ll find historical artifacts pertaining to Galveston or early Texas, paintings of Galveston subjects or by such local artists as Julius Stockfleth and Boyer Gonzalez, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. Admission is free.
- Moody Gardens – Explore the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids plus 3D and 4D theaters, the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, ropes course, and zip line. Admission is discounted to $30 per person.
- 1895 Moody Mansion – View opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas’ most powerful families. Admission is buy one, get one free.
- Texas City Museum – Discover this regional history museum featuring artifacts from the USS Westfield (including a real Civil War cannon), exhibits on the founding of Texas City and the 1947 Disaster, Children’s Discovery Room, and model train layouts. Admission is $2 off for up to four people.
- Texas Seaport Museum – Explore Galveston’s history of seaborne commerce/immigration and tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official tall ship of Texas. Admission is free.
- The Bryan Museum – 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. Admission is buy one, get one free.
- The Grand 1894 Opera House – Experience this hilarious Broadway smash at “The Official Opera House of Texas,” which is one of the few remaining theaters of its era in Texas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A special discount of 20% off the performance of “Something Rotten!” is available for Museum Day.