3606 89th Street
Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 741-9977
Fax: (409) 741-9988
Arts & Museums
Home to some of the finest restored aircraft and aviation exhibits in the world. There are more than 40 aircrafts on display.
World War II flying aces would be proud of this fine collection of restored aircraft from that era. This Galveston museum also showcases old photographs and artifacts along with the planes. It is the perfect outing for an aircraft enthusiast and provides a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Be prepared for an adventurous trip into the history of aviation. Different events are scheduled throughout the year, including airshows, lectures and special exhibits. For special event information, call the toll-free number listed above. Admission: $6 Adults; Discounts apply for students, senior citizens and groups.
When you visit Galveston, you begin to realize that time has not erased the evidence of the state's early years. The Greek-style home of Samuel May Williams was shipped from Maine by sea in 1839, and is one of the oldest homes still standing in the area. Williams was the state's first banker and was dubbed the "Father of the Texas Navy" because of his unique ability to finance sea-faring vessels for wartime activity. Special points of interest include a stately winding staircase and a second-floor sea-watch window.
A great place to visit, Moody Mansion & Museum is a classic Victorian mansion that has been restored to its former elegance and is an architectural beauty. Built with red brick, limestone, and terracotta tiles around 1892, it was named after its famous owner and Texas business tycoon, W. L. Moody, Junior who resided there until his death in 1954. It stands as a prime example of ornate, early 20th century architecture and contains over 25,000 square feet of living space. Especially notable are the stained glass windows and the fine carved wood used throughout the house. The park called Moody Gardens is also worth a visit for its dynamic nature. Visitors will also admire the beautiful silver and Victorian furnishings.
Take a look at life as it was in the later part of the 19th century. Standing tall since 1859, this home exemplifies the last 140 years. Designed by James Moreau Brown, the Italian structure displays carved moldings, lavish furnishings and rich mantels. The house is now a museum with many of the original antiques and artifacts serving as reminders of the glamorous parties the well-known Colonel Ashton used to host for his daughter.
As the state's first free public library, this one has many historical exhibits, archives and artifacts from the lives of prominent Texas pioneers. You will find the writings of Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Samuel May Williams along with famous paintings from the Galveston Art League. Located on the island that was once the site of the state's largest city, it offers a first-rate historical experience to people of all ages.
You will probably want to stay at this restored station and explore the train replicas for many hours. The old Santa Fe Depot looks much the same as it did in its 1930s heyday. Multimedia studios will educate you on the history of rail transportation in the area. Located on Galveston's popular Strand, it is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a full day of activities. After all, everyone knows how the little ones feel about trains. See website for admission and complete visitor details.
Focusing on past and present Mardi Gras festivities held in Galveston, this museum features a large array of costumes and historical memorabilia, as well as models of the Street Arches that were created for Mardi Gras.
Visit this popular museum to explore the historical highlights of Galveston Island's magnificent past. Located inside a former private bank building (1919) that features artistic design and outstanding ceilings, the museum displays artifacts relating to agriculture, naval history, mercantile history and much more.Changing exhibits provide a broad view of what was once the state's largest and most affluent county. Caught up in the spell, you might even find yourself wanting to go searching for Karankawa artifacts on the beach when you leave. This place opens at 10am from Monday to Saturday and at 12pm on Sunday.
Cruise into this harbor and enjoy a trip back to the 19th century. This is the home of "The Elissa" a Scottish sailing vessel built in 1877. She took part in the bi-centennial parade to New York City Harbor July 4th 1976 and still takes a voyage now and then. The museum features computerized information about the immigrants who entered Texas through the Port of Galveston. You might find that a relative of yours once walked the same deck. You will also find assorted maritime exhibits and two screens that show exciting sea films throughout the day.
The museum portrays interactively the mechanism of oil rigs. The technology is explained with the aid of video presentation. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum offers guided tours as well.
Located in the heart of Kemah, the Bradford Street Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting, selling and promoting modern contemporary art. The gallery offers local artists with a great platform to showcase their works. It also hold exhibits, during which art lovers can feast their eyes on splendid art pieces or maybe even pick up some as gifts or interior decor. Call ahead for more details.