When Houston Maritime Museum founder James L. Manzolillo moved to Houston in 1979, he found the city to be an ideal location for establishing a living, breathing monument to maritime history. As a host to the second-largest port in the United States, Houston provides a fitting backdrop for an institution that preserves the legacy of the intrepid individuals who explored the waters about which Manzolillo has always been passionate. Housed inside the former home of retired Navy lieutenant commander John Luykx, the Houston Maritime Museum's collection contains 150 model battleships, paddleboats, and submersibles as well as 100 maritime artifacts such as astrolabes, nautical quadrants, and sextants. An exhibit dedicated to the Port of Houston displays the port's history through artifacts and photos, and illustrates the port's significance to the local and national economy. Guided tours are conducted with advanced registration to allow visitors to learn little-known facts without having to forge the naval-officer secret handshake.
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Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Our tours are a great opportunity to learn about Houston and meet new friends.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Downtown Houston Tunnel System
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
What special credentials do you or your staff have?
We are members of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our guides love to show off Houston.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The word "Texas" comes from the Hasinai Indian word for "friend" or "ally," so "Texas" really does mean "friendly."