- 1st: Children's Department (with a blue-tongues skink [Australia] named Rose).
- 2nd: Adult Services
- 3rd: Computer Lab and Young Adult Book
- 4th: Museum Galleries and Galveston & Texas History Center (rare book collection)
The Lykes Gallery is the permanent exhibit: Galveston: Treasure Isle of the Gulf. There are cases with artifacts showcasing the history of Galveston as an important seaport and thriving community since the 1800s.
The beautiful stained glass window depicts the first ship used by Lykes Lines - The Doctor Lyke. The ship's steering wheel and bell are also on display in the gallery.
Two ship models are displayed in this exhibit. The model of the Star Republic (completed in 1912) has been on display since 1927. It is a barque ship built in 1884 in Portland, CT, for the Galveston trade market. The S.S. Indian of the Leyland Line was built and launched in 1900 and continued to be in service until 1923. She was used with trade between Liverpool and London to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Hutchings Gallery was established following a large donation from the children of Sealy Hutchings and his wife, Mary Moody Hutchings, to create a memorial room in honor of their parents. It has family portraits as well as exhibits of historical items of Galveston before the Civil War.
At the entrance to the Hallway Gallery is this cast bronze sculpture, Bog Rider, by Edward James Fraughan (20th century). Many commemorative pieces by this artist can be found in public locations.
Arts of the American Southwest is the current display in the Hallway Gallery.
Beginning in the 1920, William and Viola Pabst (Galvestonians), travelled in the southwest and fell in love with Native American art. Their extensive collection was acquired by the museum in 1968. Photos of some of the collection can be seen below.
Be sure not to miss this beautiful stained glass sky light at the end of the Hallway Gallery.
We saw this cute guy as we were leaving the grounds of the library.
There is no admission fee to the museum. It is well worth a quick stop to visit. The library is located across the street from the Galveston Visitor Center. We parked in the parking lot of the Visitor Center which was very convenient. We enjoyed learning about Henry Rosenberg and the many generous contributions he made to the Galveston community. The exhibits change as much of the collection of historical artifacts and artwork are in storage. Check out their website to learn what is on display when.