Houston Maritime Museum

University Place

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Museum with collection of retired naval officer contains 150 models of seafaring vessels & historic maritime artifacts

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Promotional value expires Sep 26, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate family membership by 9/26/12, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Model ships encased in glass bottles make handsome displays, but cause those who drink from them to accidentally ingest cannonballs, harpoons, and shrunken deckhands. Drink of maritime history with this Groupon.

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  • $5 for museum admission for two (up to a $10 value)
  • $10 for museum admission for four (up to a $20 value)
  • $50 for a one-year family membership (a $100 value)<p>

Members get free admission to the museum and lecture series, discounts on other events, a 10% discount at the gift shop, and a subscription to the museum’s newsletter.<p>

Houston Maritime Museum

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.

Customer Reviews

52 Ratings

Burt was our free tour guide, and he was a wealth of information! It really made the museum a great experience.
Lisa O. · March 19, 2015
This is a great place if you have an interest in models of ships dating from the 16th century forward. I enjoyed the models of the Clipper ships.
Pam T. · September 3, 2014
Go with a small group and see if someone is available to give a tour. It was very informative and both my son and I had a great time!
Christian G. · July 2, 2014
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    University Place

    2204 Dorrington Street

    Houston, TX 77030

    +17136661910

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