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“Moody Gardens”
Review of Moody Mansion

Moody Mansion
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Ranked #8 of 101 things to do in Galveston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Silverton, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
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“Moody Gardens”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

Since I don't see a listing for the Gardens, I shall use this title. The Moody Gardens was our main reason to visit Galveston. I had visited the Rainforest exhibit years ago, and wanted to share the experience with my son (A professional artist) and two granddaughters. An excellent exhibit.

Visited February 2012
Thank Jan F
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Galveston, Texas
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful History of Galveston with a Great Guide”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

This tour starts in the "garage" which isn't actually a historical building but it is a great starting and waiting place. The tour runs on the hour and is $8 (they have coupons on their website). While you are waiting there are 3 beautiful old cars and a history of the United States and Galveston in poster form. The tour starts with a film about the Moodys...it was interesting but as other reviewers have said it was out of focus which made it a little less enjoyable. After that the tour begins. Let me just say... this house is fascinating to walk through due to the amount of innovation it had in it for its time. The tour guide knew a lot of history and interesting facts about the house which kept you interested the whole time. My husband and I are both in our 20s and we really enjoyed this tour.

Visited February 2012
Thank Kristen B
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sarasota, florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“the best !”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

This is one of the best house tours I have ever been on--and I have not passed up a "stately home" tour in many countries ! The guides are enthusiastic and well informed; I toured when it first opened and they used a theme -the debut years of Mary moody, the daughter of the house.The ballroom was decorated exactly as if for her coming out ball (family photos) and her gown lay on the bed, ready for her to don and go upstairs......really, really beautiful and well done !

Visited February 2012
Thank marcy46
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A lot to see.”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Go before dark to enjoy the inside domes. After sunset it's a little harder to see.

Visited December 2011
Thank botanicalsa
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Crestview, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Free Sunday”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

I'm not sure how often it happens, but we were able to walk around a portion of the house for free. Plus free cookies! There was a recital going on, which made it nice. Lots of rooms. Not sure if I'd pay the tour fee, but it was a beautiful home to see.

Visited December 2011
2 Thank Cindy__31589
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