Museums and culture

Tall Ship Elissa

Elissa Tall Ship

Galveston Historic Seaport

Elissa is a popular tourist attraction and a living piece of history, showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship of 19th-century sailing ships. Visitors can tour the ship and learn about its history and restoration.

Elissa is a historic sailing ship that is located in Galveston, Texas. It was built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and originally served as a cargo ship. In 1883, it was sold to a Greek owner and was renamed “Fjeld.” It later changed hands several times and was eventually abandoned in a Greek port in 1967.

The ship was later discovered by a group of preservationists who recognized its historical significance and worked to save and restore it. It was then brought to Galveston in 1982, where it underwent extensive restoration and is now part of the Texas Seaport Museum.

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ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind left in the world and welcomes over 40,000 visitors each year. She is also the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s early days as a seaport and active waterfront. The Galveston Historic Seaport welcomes visitors aboard the 1877 ELISSA, a Tall Ship for Texas. Every day, you can immerse yourself in Galveston’s maritime history.


With moonlight silhouetting the masts of the 1877 tall ship Elissa, the Galveston Historic Seaport provides a romantic, outdoor setting for weddings and receptions. The location on Galveston’s historic waterfront also offers a picturesque site for a variety of business and social functions.

Tickets Information

Admission: Adult – $10 |Youth (6-18) – $7.00 | Children (5 & Under) – Free

Please note: They will be closed on November 24, December 23, 24, 25, and January 1.

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