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.
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 museums newsletter.
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. 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. Younger visitors have "Skipper's Corner," where they can steer a captain's wheel, practice morse code with the signal light, shift engine speed to full-speed ahead, and practice maritime knots. 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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