This week calls for a celebration! Galveston Virtual Museum Day has recently passed; however, the rest of the week is filled with fun events related to this cause.
When most people think of Galveston, they immediately conjure up its vast beaches, exotic wildlife, and abounding examples of gorgeous nature. Rightfully so — these are Galveston’s well-deserved claims to fame. With that being said, the island also possesses a rich history. Over the years, this Texas town has become so much more than its prime location.
The island’s history as a major port dates back hundreds of years. Additionally, Galveston has been subjected to major natural disasters, including the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. It has also experienced significant periods as a popular metropolis; legend has it that these eras still live on in the town’s reputation for being haunted.
These are just a few examples as to why Galveston is a uniquely compelling area. Because of its fascinating days of old, Galveston is home to several museums of varying focuses. From the powerful Galveston Railroad Museum to the ornate Moody Mansion, there is much to be seen within the area’s public spaces.
With the pandemic still being a part of our lives, going out and visiting museums is less accessible than it used to be. With that being said, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy them! Galveston Virtual Museum Week is making it especially easy to explore the inner workings of these spaces from the comfort of your own home.
In celebration, featured museums are conducting specialized tours which can be viewed on Facebook Live over the next few days. See below for a schedule of these virtual events.
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2o21 – Galveston Railroad Museum Tour
Thursday, Jan. 28th, 2021 – The Bryan Museum Tour
Friday, Jan. 29th, 2021 – 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Tour
Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021 – Moody Mansion Tour
Sunday, Jan. 31st, 2021 – Galveston Naval Museum Tour
Monday, Feb. 1st, 2021- The Grand 1894 Opera House Tour (Encore)
These events are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. For more information, please check out Visit Galveston’s website. It’s a great week to learn more about the vibrant city of Galveston!