Orientation Gallery

Orientation Gallery

Your Adventure Begins…

The Orientation Gallery is where your adventure begins. This room, with a portrait of Stephen F. Austin which morphs into J.P. Bryan for an introductory video, highlights the history of the American West though its indigenous people, Spanish colonization, the Republic of Texas, the Civil War, the Storm of 1900, and the Mexican Revolution. A life-size statue of Bernardo de Galvez, dressed in his Louisiana governor’s uniform, pays tribute in the room, in honor of the man for whom the island is named. Artwork by Julius Stockfleth and Frank Reaugh reinforces that Galveston is truly where the sea meets the West.


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