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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
+1 409-763-1877
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Short self tour, not worth it

I saw the ELISSA over Labor Day Weekend when it was free, and even then it wasn't anything special... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Steven H
Get the audio tour but it's still good without.

This was one of the most interesting sights we paid to see during our vacation. It's an old... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
Nathanael B
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“seaport museum” (29 reviews)
“below deck” (19 reviews)
“harbor tour” (19 reviews)
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Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 21, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

I saw the ELISSA over Labor Day Weekend when it was free, and even then it wasn't anything special. You can tour the boat on your own but it doesn't take very long to get through the entire ship. I definitely wouldn't pay for it.

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

This was one of the most interesting sights we paid to see during our vacation. It's an old, renovated sailing vessel attached to a seaport museum. If you like sailing, boats, or even just old things - you need to make this hour-long visit a...More

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

I'm a sucker for tall ships and the ELISSA is a beautiful old lady, wouldn't have left Galveston without seeing her.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

The smell of freshly varnished wood on sunny day in Galveston's harbor, the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa stands proudly mast held high. Below deck, living quarters and operations for the crew. Occasionally the Texas star is painted on a pulley or the name Elissa burned...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

This is a boat. As the name states, it's a tall boat. In more detail: it's a refurbished tall boat that once traveled with goods to Galveston back when it was a bustling port town. I'm not sure how it compares to other boats. I...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Tall Ship ELISSA, docked at the Texas Seaport Museum, is a true vessel which transported cargo to Glaveston while still a sailing vessel. Open to the public, ELISSA gives one a glimpse as to what life was like on a merchant vessel propelled by wind....More

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

My children and I enjoyed the history of this museum. We were disappointed that the museum staff were not very kid friendly. It felt as though they followed us throughout the museum and were constantly giving my children directions.

Thank ApBrandt
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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

Watch the video first then visit this restored ship... Very cool to go about the deck and below decks to observe this old ship... Watch your head!

Thank Don H
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Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful time touring a beautiful ship. We were able to walk below the main deck and view living conditions. Great store nearby and good variety to consider for purchase.

1  Thank Raysagolfing
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Really interesting self-guided tour of the ship and its history. There aren't many chances to visit an over 100 year old tall ship.

Thank NJLady561
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barrerajr
July 25, 2017|
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$12 charge to Adults, $9 to those 6-18, 5 and younger are not charged a fee. This is slightly higher than other similar spots around the Island, but is such an iconic Galveston tradition.
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Tammy S
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Cindy E | Reviewed this property |
Maybe the top deck, but no, not to most spots. Tight spaces and stairs.
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Nancy R
March 7, 2017|
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Response from Jim W | Reviewed this property |
This is a tall ship technically but it is very small. About there size of ships Columbus sailed. 2 sets of stairs or more like ladders. It is worth the tour which can be done in 15 minutes.,
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