Dive into the deep history of maritime with exhibitions at the Houston Maritime Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Houston Maritime Museum

Keep Houston’s maritime heritage alive while checking out collections and exhibits, educational programs and more at the Houston Maritime Museum.

Located in EaDo, the HMM engages visitors in the history of ships and sea exploration with more than 150 ship models exhibited (ranging from ancient vessels to the present day, including an impressive collection of WWII models), maritime art, ships in bottles and light bulbs, and more authentic artifacts.

Established in 2000 by founder Jim Manzolillo, the institution started out as a private home museum for Manzolillo’s extensive collection of maritime artifacts and ship models.

Today, set on Canal Street near Navigation Boulevard, the collection has grown to over eight galleries that cover the world of maritime history and culture from early navigation and exploration to World War II and the modern merchant marine, and also to today’s energy industry.

While you’re there, take a guided tour or be sure to check out the museum’s comprehensive exhibit on the history of Buffalo Bayou, the origins of the Houston Ship Channel, and the impact of the port on Houstonians daily lives, the economy of Houston, and the nation.

Click here for a full list of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

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Photo courtesy of the Houston Maritime Museum

Before You Visit

The museum docents are knowledgeable veterans of the maritime industry and are able to tailor tours for everyone including history buffs, naval veterans, as well as those with no knowledge of maritime activity.

Tours are offered daily and last between one hour to one and a half hours, but can be also be tailored to accommodate your timing needs.

Call 713-666-1910 or email tours@houstonmaritime.org at least two weeks ahead of schedule to book a group guided tour.

Visitors will find six parking spaces available out front of the museum and street parking as well. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

Houston Maritime Museum

  • Location: 2311 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003
  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm; closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Guided Tours: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4pm. Call 713-666-1910 or email tours@houstonmaritime.org at least two weeks ahead of schedule to book a group guided tour. Tours last between one hour to one and a half hours, but can accommodate your timing needs.
  • Parking: Free lot parking is available on site.
  • Admission: $8 general admission; seniors and children aged 3 to 11 $5; active military, veterans, members, and children aged 2 and under free. Click here for more information on becoming a member.
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.