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The Lyceum
2401 Winnie
GalvestonTX 77550
Phone: (409)771-3553

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Photo Nestled in historic downtown Galveston, Texas is The Lyceum of Galveston Island — an elegant, mid 19th century Victorian-style chapel and meeting hall. The Lyceum takes its place as one of the Island's premier venues for weddings, receptions, meetings and events.

Without question, The Lyceum of Galveston Island defines and combines a traditional Victorian elegance with Southern comfort — and all enveloped with an ambience of historic charm. Whatever the occasion, The Lyceum will be the perfect venue as the structure showcases a square tower with steeple and elegantly-restored double doors, hipped roofs, arched openings, and stunning floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows — the perfect backdrop for your very special event.

Be assured that our knowledgeable and very experienced staff will assist in planning your wedding, reception, meeting, special brunch, luncheon, or dinner, and will professionally meet — and exceed — all of your needs to ensure that your event is perfect in every detail.

Layouts and Amenities
Accented with a Victorian casual ambience, The Lyceum is the perfect venue for accommodating up to 300 people seated theatre style and banquet seating for 232.

  • A service kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel prep table, ice machine and refrigeration to assist your chosen caterer.
  • A 12-foot by 16-foot stage is available for powerpoint presentations, bandstand, etc.
  • Handicapped accessible ramps and elevator are available.
  • Convenient, free parking adjacent to the venue.
  • Facility available year-round.
  • Our staff can also arrange hotel/motel accommodations, assist in spa reservations, or provide other concierge services that your group may require.
History
Long recognized as a "center of culture" in Galveston, the Lyceum Hall — located at the corner of 24th and Winnie Street, was the original site for one of Texas' oldest German Lutheran Churches — First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The church was founded in the fall of 1850 by two Lutheran pastors that were sent to Galveston as a result of early colonists who wrote to their Swiss seminary of Saint Christchona and complained of a "lack of spiritual leadership on the Island." The Lyceum still sits on the church grounds and is adjacent to the present sanctuary — separated only by a beautifully-landscaped wrought iron-gated courtyard. The cornerstone of the Lyceum is still visible today and reads: "Knowledge is Power" which reminds us of the great scriptural truth "And the truth shall make you free."

In 1984, First Lutheran Church was entered in to the National Register of Historical Places as "the oldest Lutheran parish of German origin in Texas with a continuous ministry." There were seven families as charter members when the church was founded in 1850 by the Reverend G. Guebner, of the South Carolina Synod. The Reverend H. Wendt, the second pastor sent to Galveston by the Swiss seminary of Saint Christchona, established a day school. For the school and church, an old Lyceum building was purchased in 1855. Throughout the century, the church and its membership survived hurricanes (including the Great 1900 Storm — the worst natural disaster ever to strike the coastline of the United States), yellow fever epidemics, and world wars.

Indeed, you are sure to embrace its history as you tour this magnificent structure and envision your special event inside its historic walls.

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