Bishop’s Palace, Galveston

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. To visit Bishop’s Palace on your trip to Galveston, use our Galveston attractions tool .
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  • At $250,000 in 1887 dollars, Bishops Palace is the most expensive home built in Galveston. You cannot go upstairs, except on very special occasions (no fire escape). The woodwork is awesome. The seven...  more »
  • Still smelling very old place. It was too dark rooms. It is OK for my husband and me. Nothing exciting.  more »
  • Beautiful house with lots of rich wood. Staff was friendly and informative. Wish more of the house open to the public.  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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