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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  • October 3, 2017
    Touring this beautiful place brought history alive. They have a self guided tour with individual IPod's to guide along. I found it extremely enjoyable and informative.  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Their are a few different tours you can take for a variety of prices. We did the 6$ self guided audio. The only furnishings in the home are things related to the families who lived there. Third floor ...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    We went here looking for an educational stop on the island. this house, originally built for the Gresham family, was very cool. We could only see 2 stories, and chose the self guided tour, but we were...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    What a wonderful place to visit. Absolutely beautiful! Low key self tour. Worth the time and money if you enjoy vintage homes (castles).
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful architecture. Absolutely a must visit in Galveston. The Full Moon Tour is awesome. Take it if you get the chance.
  • June 14, 2017
    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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