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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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  • We like that we were able to take an audio tour at our own pace and not in a group. When we went there were not many people and that was nice. The workers there are not really social. They give off a ...  more »
  • The architecture of this place is amazing. I find it to be one of the coolest buildings on Galveston island. Were worth the effort and I visit when in the area.  more »
  • A great place to see the history of Galveston. The beauty of the home and the bishops palace. The favorite was the chapel ,very holy. The chandeliers; exquisite.  more »
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  • The experience was wonderful. I really loved the wood work Stain class windows the Dinning area etc; and I Really loved and enjoyed walking around the Bishop chapel and the Painting on ceiling. I would love to come back.
  • 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.
  • What a wonderful place to visit. Absolutely beautiful! Low key self tour. Worth the time and money if you enjoy vintage homes (castles).
  • Beautiful architecture. Absolutely a must visit in Galveston. The Full Moon Tour is awesome. Take it if you get the chance.
  • 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.

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