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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
409-762-2475
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Ranked #4 of 48 Attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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 building was the home to the family of Walter Gresham,... more » 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. « less
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Brenham, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I liked the audio tour since I could replay as many times as I wanted. I also liked the fact you could take pictures. The gift shop has numerous items that were reasonably priced. My sisters and I spent TOO much money in the gift shop. LOL.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is such a gorgeous mansion and full of information about its history and objects there. The gift shop is really great with so much selection ans the prices are low. I really enjoyed visiting there with my husband and will go back soon.

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Piedmont, Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I went with my 3 oldest children ages 7-15 and we really enjoyed touring this beautiful house. There is a lot of renovation going on right now, but we were still able to do the audio tour of the first two floors. I enjoyed this much more than stopping and reading plaques. The house has a lot of interesting wood... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Very nice, we did a self guided tour with a recorded handset...don't miss if you are visiting Galveston.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We greatly enjoyed the dual history of this historic mansion, first the family home of a leading citizen then as the home of the bishop of Galveston. Unfortunately the yard was in shambles, a second floor bedroom was being redone and the third floor is getting a major makeover. The self-guided tour is well developed and informative. This is a... More

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New Lenox, Illinois
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This museum, which was home to shipping barons and then apparently to the local bishop, is well cared for and impressive. We opted not to take the paid tour since my 91 year old Mom couldn't do that much walking. Instead we studied the architecture from the first floor gift shop, circled the opulent building, and had a long talk... More

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We missed the guided tour and thought we were missing out, but they have these audio phone things you walk around with, so you can listen to the history of the house. You really don't need to go at the specific times to catch the tours. It was interesting listening to the history of the house and the people, some... More

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Longview, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Beautiful old home with very elaborate fireplaces and wood carving. Plan to return to do the extended tour in the future.

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Dewey, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This was an amazing house. Well worth the money! It was beautiful and very informative! Loved the many original touches and the history of the home!

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It was interesting to see the building with all its rooms. Coudn't go to the 3rd floor. A bit stuffy with no air-conditioning. All in all it was worth the trip.

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