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Bishop’s Palace, Galveston

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Listed as one of the most important buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects, Bishop’s Palace commands attention in the city's historical district. Finished in 1892 on the commission of former Confederate soldier Walter Gresham, the ornate Victorian structure offers a window into the life of the local elite in the early 20th century. This massive, stone home now holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum dedicated to the life and times of the Gresham family. Join a tour of the luxurious interior, including a giant fireplace and a 12 m (40 ft) tall mahogany staircase. Note the unusual statues and carvings of dragons and other mythical creatures, selected by architect Nicholas Clayton. A special basement to attic tour occurs monthly, showcasing areas of the home normally off-limits. Visit the website to reserve tickets. Bishop’s Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Galveston Edition.
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  • This is by far one of the most beautiful homes in the south. The woodwork is unbelievable. It is a wonderful chance to see how the elite of Galveston lived their daily lives.  more »
  • I guess it was fine, kind of sad that so much house for the bishop, but I guess that was how it was. It didn't take long, wasn't too expensive and had interesting rooms.  more »
  • We wanted to see some history of Galveston and this home was a great example, lots of beautiful woodwork and great view of church across the street. The staircase is awesome. This home is built like a...  more »
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  • We had a great time visiting this historic home. The woodwork is all handcrafted. The original furniture is still in the home. The stained glass windows are beautiful. It was a real pleasure to be able to see the inside of this home and the Galveston Historical Foundation has made it possible to view other historical homes in Galveston. I hope i get to see them all.
  • After visiting a few other historical houses in the area I was a bit disappointed to see there wasn't nearly as much to this location. The audio tour was very factual, but didn't elaborate much upon those facts. It was almost like they have the basics of the family who inhabited the house, but nothing more. I still enjoyed it for the history but feel they overcharge for this tour.
  • They have a cute little gift shop in the basement where the tour starts. It's a self guided tour but you carry this device with you that tells you all about the family that lived there and something special about each area of the house. It is beautiful!
  • An excellent museum to visit while in Galveston. Ask for the basement to attic tour. It is worth EVERY penny!
  • Pay for your tours separately so everyone can receive an audio box. If not they will not provide audio box for everyone which will make it difficult if all do not wish to tour at same pace or have different interest. If you have not visited in last 12 months things are different. Will choose Moody Mansion in future as alternative to this stop.