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Historic Sites
Restored to its turn of the century splendor, the 28,000 square-foot, four-story structure was completed in 1895. Today, our guests visit 20 rooms on a self-guided tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family. The Moodys established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance and hotels. The mansion is one of the finest places to visit, a trip back in time. Touring the museum should definitely be on the top on the list for things to do on Historic Galveston Island. Tour Information: Self-guided Audio Tours: Children 6 & Under Free Self-guided audio tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last tickets sold at 4p.m.; house closes at 5 p.m.) Behind-the-scenes Tours: Exclusive docent-guided tours to areas not normally open to the public 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday | limited size tours | reservations highly recommended Group Tours: Moody Mansion tour descriptions: Self-guided audio tours: Two audio tours allow you to set your own pace through the house and grounds. • The Moody Family tour features six members of the Moody family telling stories about their ancestors. This tour is also translated into Spanish. • Mary’s tour, appropriate for children and adults, is narrated by an actress portraying the late Mary Moody Northen as if she were guiding you through her home. Guided 25th Anniversary Tour: Behind-the-scenes tours celebrate the 25th anniversary of Moody Mansion’s restoration. A knowledgeable docent guides guests through areas not normally open to the public, describing Mary Moody Northen’s vision for preserving her home and sharing her collections. These tours are conducted at 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tour size is limited; reservations are highly recommended.
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  • Johnny Taaffe
    Austin, TX19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool shopping, delicious dining, perfect people watching area of the island! You can easily stroll down the sidewalks and soak in the historic architecture that reminded us of the French quarter! These old buildings are homes to the best shopping on the island! Unique gifts, clothing, home decor, whatever you can think of, it can be bought on the Strand. The rail trolley to get around was also useful and very charming, reminded me of San Francisco a bit
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Ed H
    Georgetown, TX128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bishop’s palace was a wonderful place to visit. We love looking at old historic homes, and this is one of the best. It’s a great place to spend a few hours.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Diane B
    College Station, TX135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a wonderful experience, especially when we saw dolphins!! Enjoyable, relaxing cruise across the gulf. Saw lots of ships and birds. Easy on, easy off and best of all, FREE.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • carrie s
    Ardmore, OK59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a buetiful place i love galveston waters and the segulls just word of warning be safe there can sometimes be shady people later in the afternoons the locals will also warn u of them and be aware if u feed the segulls they will attack you for all of the food they know no boundaries lol
    Written March 8, 2024
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  • Krista Y
    Frisco, TX229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The house was an easy walking tour. We enjoyed the audio tour of each room on the phone. The greeter was great. We spent about an hour there. Neat to see/hear about the history.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • California_momofsix
    Fairfield1,108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting the Houston Texas area with refineries everywhere, we wanted to learn more about the oil industry. Overall, we enjoyed a visit to Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig.
    Pros: Museum is a small, 3 story drilling platform anchored in Galveston port, close to the cruise terminal. The museum only charges a small fee and staff was very friendly. Visitors can easily get a basic understanding about the history and mechanics of oil drilling in about an hour. Actual equipment is displayed, and there is an introductory movie. From the gangway leading up to the museum and the outside areas, visitors have a beautiful view of the passing sightseeing and fishing boats and a large number of pelicans sitting on the nearby rocks. When we visited, there was plenty of cheap street parking closeby.
    Cons: There is a large amount of reading throughout the museum, and it could be tedious. If I went back, I would probably spend the extra money for the audio guide. The air conditioning is really loud. Why do I care? When the air came on, it became really difficult to hear the video clips playing throughout the museum unless you are standing super close. The museum feels a little dated and in my opinion, the large gallery of famous Texas oil men and innovators was somewhat strange to me. Naturally, the display puts a very positive spin on the environmental impact of drilling.
    Overall, I would be recommend for anyone with an interest in science.
    Written April 26, 2024
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  • Dales_Bride
    Houston34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thoroughly enjoyed my harbor tour on the Seagull II. The Caspar in and the tour guide were very knowledgeable about the harbor and shared lots of information about dolphins, Galveston, the history of the harbor, and all of the floating vessels we encountered.
    Great tour.
    Written April 20, 2024
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  • Krista Y
    Frisco, TX229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the rainforest and aquarium. Both were neat and different. The top of the rainforest is very hot and humid! You could spend about an hour in each taking your time.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Bryan M
    Orem, United States4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dropped by to take a look at the view. The first level is pay to fish, but the 2nd level has a bar, with seating looking out to the ocean. We didn't fish, but one of the workers shared some pictures of recently caught fish and a couple of sharks.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • stang302flies
    Chicago, IL60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a pretty cool place, alot of railroad history, plenty of train cars to go into and look at. Worth the price and time to visit here, thats for sure.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • 404HappyTraveller
    Saskatchewan, Canada482 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a unique museum, as it has both an actual submarine, and a destroyer escort. Both have been adapted somewhat to allow for touring through them, but still retain all of the original atmosphere of when they were carrying out their missions. Most every area of both vessels are open, and touring through gives you a good view into life onboard for officers and crew. I never thought I would stand on the deck of an actual destroyer, or walk through a submarine, but now I’ve done both. As well, there is a good display that is mostly reading and photography telling the stories of the essential parts that women had in WW II. Very enlightening.
    Written March 6, 2024
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  • Pam J
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall there is a lot of history and it would take many days to appreciate all the detail. A little disappointing that the orphanage portion was almost an afterthought.
    Written October 31, 2023
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