Explore the rich history of Galveston Island with free and discounted admission to a dozen museums and attractions at Galveston Museum Day on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
For one day only, a dozen Galveston-area museums and attractions open their doors with offers of free admission and friendly discounts so that visitors can snag a glimpse into Galveston’s storied past.
During Galveston Museum Day, eager learners and history buffs alike can discover how Galveston came to be, with its phases of wealth and powerful families, its function as an immigration hub, and the vital industries that keep Galveston thriving to this day.
If you’re planning to tour through history on the island, don’t forget to snag a Galveston Museum Day Passport at your first stop. Have it stamped while visiting at least three museums and you’ll have earned a chance to win a one-night stay at Hotel Galvez along with VIP Passes for other attractions.
Galveston Museum Day Participants
Across Galveston, you’ll find a wide variety of museums that touch on many of the specific moments, eras, and industries that have come to shape the historic island town.
- 1892 Bishop’s Palace – The decorative Victorian-era mansion once housed Colonel Walter Gresham and his family in its intricately carved, ornate environment.
- Galveston Arts Center – Located in a historic building on The Strand, this independent nonprofit art museum presents a look into trendsetting contemporary artists.
- Rosenberg Library – The oldest, continuously operating public library in Texas brims with historical artifacts, paintings, and more that help bring Galveston to life.
- Texas Seaport Museum – Explore the history of Galveston as a hub of seaborne commerce and immigration. Then, hop aboard the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa for a close-quarters look at what it was like to sail the seas at the turn of the century.
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- Galveston Children’s Museum – A stimulating environment for the young and young at heart, this hands-on museum is filled with fun and entertaining interactive exhibits.
- Galveston Naval Museum – Visitors to Seawolf Park have the opportunity to board a World War II submarine and a World War II destroyer escort — one of only two remaining in the United States.
- Galveston Railroad Museum – Hop aboard for a historic tour through one of the largest restored railroad collections in the country.
- 1895 Moody Mansion – Shuffle through the opulent abode that once belonged to one of Texas’ most powerful families.
- Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum – Explore the retired Ocean Star drilling rig on a self-guided tour that highlights the importance of a vital industry to Texas.
- The Bryan Museum – Located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home, this museum contains one of the largest collections of artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the American West.
- Moody Gardens – Venture through the sprawling campus of Moody Gardens and its Aquarium, Rainforest, and Discovery Pyramids with a discounted pass for $30 per person.
- Texas City Museum – Located in Texas City, this museum explores the region and naval artifacts from the USS Westfield. Received $2 off admission for up to 4 people.
- The Grand 1894 Opera House – Guests to this historic theatre can receive 25% off the performance of the Broadway smash, Something Rotten.
Galveston Museum Day 2019
- Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
- Time: Museum hours vary by location
- Location: Museums and attractions are found across Galveston Island and Texas City. Click here for participating venues and activities.
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