As part of a major renovation of the museum, FIT Architects and Gibson Group have developed a new signature exhibition charting immigration into the USA through Galveston in the late 19th Century.

The exhibition gives visitors a visceral experience of the conditions in which immigrants were transported across the Atlantic from Europe, their treatment on arrival, and the impact they had on Galveston and the wider state. Their legacy is celebrated, with opportunities for their descendants to contribute to their continuing stories.

The exhibition uses an unusual presentation of life-size three-dimensional illustrations to represent the environments in which immigrants travelled, and the town-scape they arrived to. Woven into these environments media-screens relate the personal stories of a wide number of these immigrants. Interactive character-posts allow visitors to select and trace the journeys of specific characters.