Galveston is an old town, awash in history, a gold mine for the heritage tourist.
While you are in Galveston visiting The Bryan Museum, we invite you to explore our historic city and discover the many treasures, both modest and extravagant, that make our island town unique.
To help you get started, below is a sampling of events, tours, and historic sites around town sure to pique the interest of those interested in history.
1 Hope Blvd
Work or play, this subtropical island destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Features a variety of unique attractions, a 4-diamond hotel, spa & convention center and an 18-hole seaside-links golf course.
Galveston Arts Center and Participating Galleries
2501 Market Street
2018 Dates: January 13 / March 3 / April 21 / June 2 / July 14 / August 25 / October 13 / November 24
For over 25 years, the Galveston Arts Center has produced ArtWalk on Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the heart of the historic district. ArtWalk occurs approximately every six weeks. Not a street festival, ArtWalk takes place in existing art galleries (both commercial and nonprofit) and alternative spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating, original art exhibits. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk supports the Galveston arts community and promotes alternative places to see, buy, and learn about art.
On June 2, 2017, a missing piece of Galveston's charm returned to the island. While our historic rail trolleys undergo million-dollar restorations on each car, four rubber-wheel trolley buses are now servicing the trolley routes and providing island visitors access from the east end of the island to the west, with numerous stops in between. The trolley buses service a downtown route that has seven stops through Galveston's historic downtown and a seawall route that makes frequent stops from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens. Hop aboard, explore our historic city, and enjoy the ride!
1402 Broadway (Corner of Broadway and 14th Street)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday
Check for Holiday Schedule
Designed by famed Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton for Colonel Walter Gresham and built from 1887 to 1892, the Bishop's Palace (also known as the Gresham House) is a magnificent, exquisitely ornate, and imposing Victorian Chateauesque mansion cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of America's 100 most important buildings. It is Clayton's most spectacular residential design and arguably the finest of Galveston's "Broadway beauties."
The Bishop's Palace is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. A must-see!
2602 Santa Fe Place
Summer Hours (Late March-October):
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Daily
Winter Hours (November-Early March):
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Weekdays
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Towering at the head of the Strand, the Galveston Railroad Museum boasts one of the largest restored railroad collections in the Southwest and one of the five largest in the country, with numerous railroad memorabilia and exhibits, including more than forty pieces of locomotive and rolling stock. Through self-guided tours, visitors can experience lavishly restored trains and engaging exhibits. Most Saturdays, the museum offers rides aboard the "Harborside Express" train between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., boarding every twenty minutes.
Get discount tickets to the Galveston Railroad Museum at The Bryan Museum!
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Daily
Restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor, the 28,000-square-foot, four-story structure was completed in 1895. Today, guests visit twenty rooms on a tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family. The Moodys established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance, and hotels.
Get discount tickets to Moody Mansion at The Bryan Museum!
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday (Self-Guided Tours)
The Grand 1894 Opera House has a very special place in the history of Galveston and in the lives of many of its residents. Galvestonians exhibited great vision in 1894 when they undertook to support the arts in Galveston by construction of The Grand. It is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
2100 Harborside Drive
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Daily
Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration through "The Ellis Island of the West." The museum is also home to the celebrated 1877 tall ship Elissa, a floating National Historic Landmark that has been designated one of America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visitors can explore her decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the world's oceans.
2310 Sealy Street
(409) 763-8854, ext. 125
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday
The Rosenberg Library Museum is located inside the historic Rosenberg Library. The museum maintains and exhibits artifacts that document the history of Galveston and the Republic of Texas, as well as the Rosenberg Library's fine art collection. Permanent and alternating exhibits are displayed in the Lykes, Hutchings, Harris, and Hallway Galleries on the fourth floor and throughout the building.
For more things to do on the island, check out Sand 'N Sea's latest blog post: Planning Your 2019 Galveston Vacation?
Prefer to go it alone? Self-directed walking and driving tours are often the most rewarding of all.
Set your own pace on your own schedule to explore the many neighborhoods of Galveston. From the East End and Silk Stocking Historic Districts to Cedar Lawn and the Denver Resurvey, there are countless hidden gems to discover around every corner. Enjoy!