MUSEUM Current Exhibit Highlights How was Houston founded? It all started with a small and determined steamboat that made it up the Bayou and docked at present-day downtown Houston.How did ships change the world? Civilizations took to the high seas in search of resources and power, resulting in a blending of cultures and the world as we know it.When did the museum start? Our museum was founded in 2000 and is the result of the inspirational work of one mariner, James Manzolillo, and continues to build on his visionWho was one of the greatest naval officers in history? Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed on this ship for the Royal Navy and revolutionized naval combat for the many wars to come.Why are ocean liners important? They provided people an opportunity to see beautiful parts of the world that were relatively unknown and seek enjoyment on the water. Plus until the advent of air travel, ocean liners were the only way people were able to immigrate to other countries.What is the story of this WWII ship? Its incredible history includes a caring president, hundreds of brave crewman, and thousands of patriotic volunteersNEW EXHIBIT: What happens on the Houston Ship Channel?Oil tankers and container ships unload their cargo at one of the country’s busiest and most important ports, the Port of Houston.