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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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  • Definitely a beautiful old home that was nicely decorated for Christmas. It was $12.00 to visit without the audio tour and this was a bit expensive. 
  • The home is amazing. Beautiful interior rooms, which you can see all of the first and second rooms on the tour. We enjoyed all the extra information provided in the headsets about the architect and fa...  more »
  • The House, especially during the Christmas season, is well worth visiting. It is an elaborate structure with significant detail and quality workmanship. One should be aware that there are stairs to cl...  more »
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  • What an amazing place! The woodwork, stain glass windows, balconies, carvings. I walked through the house twice, admiring every detail. It must have been grand to live there. A must see.
  • Beautiful house. They reall don't build them like they used to. I am glad to see they are preserving and restoring it.
  • Beautiful house! Great place for tourist pictures and people who love history!
  • Such a beautifully crafted house. The audio tours are cool, but the basement to attic tour is where it gets really interesting.
  • Wonderful house to be absolutely preserved