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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number:
+1 409-762-2475
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in...

The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

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Beautiful architecture.

This started as a private home, it has withstood hurricanes since the 1900, and became the Bishop of Galveston's home after the family left the area. The tour is self guided with... read more

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This started as a private home, it has withstood hurricanes since the 1900, and became the Bishop of Galveston's home after the family left the area. The tour is self guided with a personal audio tour included in the cost of admission. You can go as fast or slow as you wish and may go back to earlier areas.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 family, the craftsmanship is amazing, and we didn't feel pressure to go at any particular pace. I hope the restoration efforts continue. My suggestions would... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 climb to each level. This is a must do in Galveston.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bishop's Palace is an architectural wonder and delight to visit, especially in its current configuration with some rooms empty to allow for a close examination of architecture and others dressed with the original furniture and fittings. It's a wonder and should not be missed.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a step back into Galveston's heyday with a visit to the Bishop's Palace. It's beautifully kept with period furnishings and really gives you a great taste of how the wealthy lived in Galveston during the turn of the 1900's. I recommend the basement to attic tour for the full home and history experience.

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like architecture... Don't miss out on this historic home. The lowest level (exit) has a nice gift store.

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the basic 19 part tour. It was very informative and educational. The house is absolutely amazing!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Galveston has a couple of 1900 era mansions that survived that fierce storm of 1900. They are huge and fully equipped with furniture, wallpaper and other furnishings of the day. Most are original.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was really an interesting visit. The craftsmanship in this building is fabulous. It has very little furniture but I thought that was an advantage because too much furniture world have been a distraction. Be sure to do the audio tour to get the full story on each room. I saw too many people just rushing through the house without... More 

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