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Bishop's Palace

Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-762-2475
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Ranked #2 of 39 Attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural significance, this ornate 1893...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural significance, this ornate 1893 building was the home to the family of Walter Gresham, a former Confederate colonel and U.S. Congressman.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The audio tour is very informative, the property is well maintained. It was a pleasure to walk through the rooms and get an insight into another era. My elderly mother was with us, and she missed having a place to sit down a bit to rest during the tour. If you're driving, finding a good parking spot can be a... More 

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Longview, Texas
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34 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Bishop's Palace is another example of how the rich and famous lived on Galveston Island in the late 19th and early 20th century. The amount of craftsmanship in the mansion is amazing. All I can say is, bishops make extremely good pay.

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McKinney, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Two unique owners with rich histories make this a prize attraction in Galveston. A must see in my view.

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nola
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

iunfortunately this former home of the bishops was under renovation when we were there but the staff and construction workers were very accomodating. they did their best to let us roam. the tour of the house is self guided audio and you can take your time and get the feel of what it was like during the time the bishop... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The architecture in Galveston is of historical significance because of the number of great mansions that have survived the repeated catastrophic storms on this barrier island, and Bishop's Palace is a gem. When I visited in Nov 2014, is was in the midst of some electrical renovation, and while only the first floor was open to the public, the "audio... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you're in Galveston you must check this out. It's a great old house. Great architecture and history. There's a self guided audio tour that gives all of the historical information.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My dad was born on the island...and this place reminds him of the Galveston of his youth. It is a bit ostentatious, as many historic homes can be. It;s just not that often you find a historically preserved shanty... Enjoy the self guided tour, and talk to people. They are often full of knowledge about the place.

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Houston, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We did the self guided tour, which I prefer. The house is amazing with great history and stories. There was construction going on which slightly annoyed me. I couldn't get a pretty picture of the staircase without a random (unused ladder) sitting right in-front of it. I was also bummed we had to pay extra for the third floor tour... More 

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Huntsville, Texas, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A Victorian monument displaying the lack of concern for the poor who contributed the "widow's mite" so the Bishop would live in the lap of luxury.

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Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My wife and I have been to many historic homes and this home and history needs to be presented better. Yes, they do have guided tours and we did not join in. I did what I usually do and did my home work before touring with the hope hope that the curator would have added details in the self guided... More 

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