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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 decided to check this out, as it got good ratings. I think if you are a fan of victorian homes/historic homes, you will like the home. It has beautiful stained glass windows and wood carvings. We.....  more
    We decided to check this out, as it got good ratings. I think if you are a fan of victorian homes/historic homes, you will like the home. It has beautiful stained glass windows and wood carvings. We.....  more »
  • This home was huge and its amazing. Wish we could have seen the 3rd floor. The automatic tour guide was very informative. 
    This home was huge and its amazing. Wish we could have seen the 3rd floor. The automatic tour guide was very informative.  more »
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  • This place was unknown to us. Our youngest daughter came across it while they were out exploring alone and it was well worth visiting. It seemed like a palace it was so cool on the outside and the history and architecture and marble fireplaces were so awesome to see. We went to several places this week while in Galveston and this was probably my favorite.
  • History that continues on. Bishop house is amazing in details. The craftsmanship that was used in construction of this structure is absolutely beautiful. Stained glass windows are gorgeous. Suprising to see a walk in shower not sure when it was put in. The paintings were really nice. If you have the time it is worth the trip. Go slow and get your moneys worth.

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