1892 Bishop's Palace, Galveston

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Listed as one of the most important buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects, 1892 Bishop's Palace commands attention in the city's historical district. Finished in 1892 on the commission of former Confederate soldier Walter Gresham, the ornate Victorian structure offers a window into the life of the local elite in the early 20th century. This massive, stone home now holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum dedicated to the life and times of the Gresham family. Join a tour of the luxurious interior, including a giant fireplace and a 12 m (40 ft) tall mahogany staircase. Note the unusual statues and carvings of dragons and other mythical creatures, selected by architect Nicholas Clayton. A special basement to attic tour occurs monthly, showcasing areas of the home normally off-limits. Visit the website to reserve tickets. To visit 1892 Bishop's Palace on your trip to Galveston, use our Galveston attractions tool.
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  • We needed an indoor activity on a rainy day during our stay and was glad we decided to do this. $15 was a little steep for admission I thought; especially since you're only there about an hour. The....  more
    We needed an indoor activity on a rainy day during our stay and was glad we decided to do this. $15 was a little steep for admission I thought; especially since you're only there about an hour. The....  more »
  • Not sure this tour is worth the asking price but it was a cool historical building with amazing architecture. Gross display of wealth miss appropriation by the church but still a cool building. If... 
    Not sure this tour is worth the asking price but it was a cool historical building with amazing architecture. Gross display of wealth miss appropriation by the church but still a cool building. If...  more »
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  • Wonerful architecture, historical info. Wish we could have gone to 3rd floor
  • Came here while on my honeymoon trip in Crystal Beach/Galveston area and was met with the most beautiful antique house. The worker (named Sarah) was incredibly helpful and even showed us the best places to take pictures, as well as took pictures of my husband and I in all the best spots. They were so sweet and I would definitely recommend if you like quiet historical spots.

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