1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Self-Guided Tour

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1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Self-Guided Tour


When and where


Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Pier 22 Suite 8 Galveston, TX 77550

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Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

About this event

  • 730 days 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront.


  • Last ticket sold at 4 p.m. daily
  • Tour includes above and below decks of the Tall ships ELISSA.
  • Although children 5 & under are free, please make sure you add a free ticket to your order so we can account for total admissions
  • Service animals only
  • No refunds

Questions? Contact us at foundation@galvestonhistory for more information

Photographs are always encouraged! Visit www.galvestonhistory.org or #galvestonhistory for more information.

Galveston Historical Foundation is committed to making our programs and historic sites special needs accessible. At this time however, the 1877 ELISSA does not have a ramp for wheelchairs or walkers and is not fully accessible to those with physical disabilities.



GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.