Battleship Texas was decommissioned and commemorated as a museum on April 21st, 1948 - the day the Texas Republic won its independence 112 years before. Seven decades later and Battleship Texas still stands as mighty as the State for which she is named.
Formed in 1998, the Battleship Texas Foundation exists today as an advocate for Battleship Texas, and to help develop the historic ship into a premier hands-on museum and visitor attraction.
The Battleship Texas Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; as of August 1st, 2020, Battleship Texas Foundation has taken the lead in the operations of Battleship Texas, with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department retaining an advisory and oversight role. Donations and sponsorships make a direct impact on the success of Battleship Texas programs, including restoration, preservation, tours and education.
The Battleship Texas Foundation is currently working on the following preservation efforts and educational outreach programs, to name just a few:
- With our partners in Valkor, bringing the ship to dry dock to completely repair the ship's hull below the waterline
- Fully restoring the ship's anti-aircraft guns and secondary battery
- Increasing public awareness of Battleship Texas, her history, the men who served on her, as well as her current and future preservation needs
- Partnerships with local museums and organizations to continue displaying Battleship Texas artifacts and educational materials while the ship is away
Join Our Volunteer Crew
Would you like to join our volunteer team? We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our ongoing restoration of Battleship Texas’s anti-aircraft guns in our offsite warehouse facility. Each gun is being fully disassembled by staff and the volunteer gun crew so that individual components can be restored and all broken parts repaired or replaced.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer team, please fill out our volunteer application here. A background check will also be required in order to join our volunteer team.
Other opportunities will become available when the ship returns from repairs, please check back if you are interested in curatorial or educational opportunities.