Explore Galveston History
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Beyond the Moody Gardens story, Galveston history is rich and impressive and nearby attractions exist to tell the tale. In the 18th century leading into the 19th century, Galveston became a prominent North American port city. But before that, the area had a strong Native American population consisting of Akokisa and Karankawa Indians before Europeans arrived in the early 16th century.
Land of Pirates
The attraction Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast displays the life of Galveston’s first true settler, the pirate Jean Lafitte of the early 19th century.
First in the State
Galveston is an emblem for ambition as it was home to the state's first opera house, first hospital, first golf course, first post office and more.
The great storm of 1900 nearly obliterated Galveston, but failed. The film The Great Storm is shown daily at nearby Pier 21. The storm of 1900 also led to the building of the famous Seawall, which is home to Galveston's best dining, shopping and entertainment.
A Closer Look
Head to the Bryan Museum for a closer look at Galveston's history as well as the history of Texas in one of the world's largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.