Steeped in maritime history dating back to the mid-1800s, the Historic Strand on Galveston Island, Texas is home to The Admiralty Marine Model Gallery. The Gallery features all things nautical including scratch-built models by Master Model Shipbuilder Allen LeCornu.
The Admiralty features marine sculptures, Lenox Classics crystal, Howard Miller clocks, and one of the largest Spoontiques lighthouse collections in the country. Also find Lunch at the Ritz jewelry, Scrimshaw and Swiss Army knives, unique decorator items, and, of course, ship models. The children's section offers a vast array of stuffed marine animals, puzzles, games and pirate treasures. There are ship model kits for children, as well as a wide selection for adults - beginner or expert.
About The Models
Master model ship builder Allen LeCornu began scratch-building models at the age of ten. LeCornu's attention to the finest details from the smallest knot or hand-cast cannon, to intricate hand-painted details, have created Class A museum quality ship models that are in collections from coast to coast. He is particularly interested in ships in the Admiralty Style and the photos below detail some of his works. A Class A scratch-built model is defined by the Mystic Seaport Museum as a model built entirely from scratch materials by the builder with no commercially fabricated parts, except cordage, chain and belaying pins.
Featured in several publications and television programs, Allen LeCornu is a recognized master model ship builder who also works on restorations of models from museums and collectors across the country.
Hours of Operation
Sunday thru Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.