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Celebrate Historic Galveston Island with the Return of the Galveston Historic Homes Tour

Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston's incredible architectural history through public tours of privately-owned homes.

Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation - Home Tours April 23, 2021

Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston's incredible architectural history through public tours of privately-owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Tours will be held on May 1, 2, 8, and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.galvestonhistory.org/homestour for non-members at $35 until April 26, and then $40 after. Members of Galveston Historical Foundation can purchase specially priced $30 tickets by logging into their member account at www.galvestonhistory.org.

"The lineup of houses is really exciting, showcasing a range of Galveston's best residential architecture," explains Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation's Executive Director. "Small to large, the houses tell great stories of island life and exhibit various ways to restore and rehabilitate our great architectural assets. As we recognize our 150th anniversary, and through the support of homeowners opening up some great houses, we're looking forward to this year's tour and a number of unprecedented special events."


    • Plein Air Southwest | This year's Galveston Historic Homes Tour will partner with Outdoor Painters Society's Plein Air Southwest for their annual member's competition, show, and sale featuring over 40 juried artists. These artists will record history across the island in the form of paintings created during the tour. A public sale of the art will be open at the 1859 Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit Galveston Historical Foundation.
    • Broadway Beauties Tour - April 30, 5 p.m. | Enjoy specialty drinks and appetizers at each of the locations while experiencing the stories of the people and places of Galveston's history. Participating homes include the 1892 Bishop's Palace, 1893 League Kempner House, 1891 Open Gates, 1859 Ashton Villa, and 1895 Moody Mansion. Tickets are $40 per person.
    • History on Tap Dinners - April 30 & May 7, 7 p.m. | Enjoy a specially created dinner cooked by an award-winning chef in a Homes Tour home. Homes featured will be the 1896 Sealy Hutchings House and the 1895 Moody Mansion. Homeowners will lead you on an exclusive tour of the property while you enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening in historic Galveston! $150 per person, includes a Homes Tour ticket.
    • Mother's Day Champagne Brunch in the 1880 Garten Verein - May 9, 10 a.m. | Celebrate mom at the 47th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour! Held in the gorgeous 1880 Garten Verein, this festive brunch features individual seating for you and your group, a special gift, Mother's Day corsage, live music, and more. Reservations are $65 without a Homes Tour ticket or $75 with a ticket.
    • Harborside Happy Hour with the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and Nao SANTA MARIA - May 1, 5:30 p.m. | Join visiting Tall Ship Nao SANTA MARIA at the Galveston Historic Seaport for a special night of craft beer and history. Alongside our 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets and access to both ships for this special happy hour. Tickets are $30 per person, and additional beverages will be available for purchase.

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.