1877 Tall Ship ELISSA & Texas Seaport Museum

2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX
Capacity: 500 people

About 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA & Texas Seaport Museum

ELISSA is a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 in Aberdeen, Scotland by Alexander Hall & Company. She carries nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in surface area. Tall ships are classified by the configuration of their sailing rig. In ELISSA's case, she is a ‘barque' because she carries square and fore-and-aft sails on her fore and mainmasts, but only fore-and-aft sails on her mizzenmast. From her stern to the tip of her jibboom she measures 205 feet. Her height is 99 feet, 9 inches at the main mast and she displaces about 620 tons at her current ballast. But, she is much more than iron, wood and canvas… Today ELISSA is much more than an artifact from a bygone era. She is a fully-functional vessel that continues to sail annually during sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to Galveston Historical Foundation and its commitment to bring history to life, combined with the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who keep her seaworthy and train each year to sail her, ELISSA and the art of 19th Century square-rigged sailing are alive and well. With moonlight silhouetting the masts of the 1877 tall ship ELISSA, Texas Seaport Museum provides picturesque site for outdoor weddings, receptions, business events and social functions. Rental: Friday & Holidays: $1000.00; Saturday $2000.00; Sunday – Thursday: $650.00.

Event Spaces

Museum Site
Venue Types
  • Full Bar/Lounge
  • On-Site Catering Service
  • Outdoor Function Area
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 500
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 3