The Battleship Texas Commission was established in 1948 to preserve and enhance the Battleship TEXAS and was the major player in bringing the ship to the Lone Star State.
In 1998 the Commission was renamed the Battleship Texas Foundation. Today, the Foundation exists as an advocate for the 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 and partners with Texas Parks and Wildlife in it's mission. Donations and sponsorships make a direct impact on the success of Battleship Texas programs, including restoration, preservation, tours and education.
The Battleship Texas Foundation assists with the following ongoing preservation efforts and educational outreach programs:
- Providing financial support for the restoration and promotion of the Battleship Texas, in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Operating and organizing educational tours, such as the Overnight Program
- Increasing public awareness of the USS Texas history as well as her current and future preservation needs
- Assisting in sustaining an active veterans affairs program
Become a Volunteer with the Battleship Texas FoundationWould you like to join our volunteer team? At this time, we have restoration opportunities available. Those opportunities include assisting with maintenance and restoration projects including, but not limited to rust removal, painting, replica artifact fabrication, sewing, cleaning, minor electrical repair, and welding. When the ship leaves for repairs, there will new opportunities available at our offsite warehouse facility.
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.
VISIT THE SHIP
OVERNIGHTS ON THE SHIP
The overnight program is led by knowledgeable docents that take participants through this 1914 vintage battleship that saw service in both World Wars I & II.
HARD HAT TOURS
A behind the scenes look at the Battleship TEXAS. During this in-depth, 3 ½ hour long tour, you will explore areas of the ship that have not had any restoration.