The Galveston Railroad Museum is dedicated to the restoration, observation, and re-use of its historic facilities and equipment for the development of educational and interactive programs, which support railroading and transportation initiatives serving our regional community.
David Robertson, Executive Director
David is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Galveston Railroad Museum. He has a deep understanding and knowledge of visitor experience, events, and the hospitality industry, specifically relating to Galveston. David attended Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas before moving to Galveston in 1996. His decades of experience are a boon to the museum.CONTACT ME
Jennifer Kelso, Marketing Director
Born and raised in the DFW area, Jennifer moved to Galveston in January of 2001. The minute she realized she could wear flip-flops year-round Galveston became home. She is a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M Galveston. Jennifer has worked in the Marketing field for 20 years in Lubbock and the Houston-Galveston area. Jennifer started with the Museum in June 2018 and is responsible for public relations and marketing for the Railroad Museum as well as coordinating any special events like field trips, birthday parties, and weddings.CONTACT ME
Sam Christensen, Curator & Collections Manager
Sam is from Fairhope, Alabama and received a Master’s Degree in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware. He joined the Museum’s staff in July of 2017, and is responsible for managing and interpreting the Museum’s collection.CONTACT ME
Crystal Lopez, Gift Shop Manager
Crystal originally started with the museum in November 2019 as a seasonal employee. She has quickly proven how indispensable she is and now manages the Gift Shop inside the museum.CONTACT ME
Jackie Pierre, Internet Retail Manager
Jackie is one of our newest hires, and came highly recommended to the museum staff. Jackie has a deep knowledge of e-commerce and will be spearheading the museum’s new online store. We look forward to seeing the new website!CONTACT ME
Ticket Agents: Jim Boone, Debbie Shephard
Maintenance, Repair, & Custodial: Ramon Coles, Kelly Carroll, Josh Gracia
Museum Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Dr. John Bertini, Chairman
Dr. Stephen Duncan
Dr. Don Harper, Secretary
Doug Poole, Vice Chairman
Ken Zimmern, Treasurer
Advisory Board Members
John von Briesen
Dr. John Worsham
Unfortunately, we have no job openings at this time, please check back soon.
Guests of the Galveston Railroad Museum are welcomed and encouraged to take pictures of their visit to the museum, however, any professional photos or still shots involving models (such as engagement pictures, senior pictures, family photography, portfolios, etc…) are subject to the Photo Shoot Fees below. Any use of special photography equipment (tri-pods, lighting, props) will be subject to the Photo Shoot Fees.
Photo Shoot Fee: $50 for the first hour then 30 minute increments may be added for $25 each (minimum of 1 hour required). This fee includes admission for 1 photographer and up to 4 guests. Groups larger than this will need to pay additional admission fees.
Photo Shoot Reservation: Walk-in photoshoots are permitted, however, it is helpful for the museum staff to know when a photoshoot is expected. Museum staff can advise on large group or events occurring at the museum that may interfere with a photo shoot. Walk-in photoshoots must be checked into the museum by 3:45 pm.
Before/After Hours Photoshoots
All Photo Shoots before or after regular museum operating hours require reservations and are subject to the below fees.
6:00 am – 10:00 am: $125 per hour
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: $125 per hour
7:00 pm to Midnight: $175 per hour
These fees include the usage of non-operating equipment in the rail yard only (no access to buildings)
All professional filming is subject to additional fees. Please submit the form on this page or call our Marketing Director, Jennifer Kelso, with all inquiries at 409-765-5700.
Commercial Photography: The Galveston Railroad Museum retains all rights to images of their museum, and does not allow images of the museum to be used in a for-profit venture. Images of the museum, rolling stock, artifacts, facilities, exhibits or visitors and employees may not be sold. The museum allows for professional photography intended for private use only.
Commercial media productions must not distort the purposes or integrity of the Museum and its collections. No object, exhibit, or structure will be used in the promotion of a product or service that implies endorsement by the Galveston Railroad Museum.