Galveston's grandest and best-known building,
the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of
colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare
woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons
and other sculptures, luxury materials and
furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from
around the world (including one lined with pure
Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton,
Galveston's premier architect, this Victorian
castle was cited by the American Institute of
Architects as one of the 100 most important
buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.
If you can only visit one of
Galveston's architectural treasures, the exquisite
Bishop's Palace is the one to see. The building is owned by the Galveston-Houston Catholic Archdioces, and is managed as a museum by Galveston Historical Foundation.
Adults: $10 ($2 is donated to Save America's Treasures to restore the roof.)
Students (6 - 18): $7
Children 5 & Under: Free
Adult pre-arranged group tours (20 or more people): $7 per person
Guided Tours Seven Days a Week
12:30pm & 3:30pm
Self-Guided Audio Tours Seven Days a Week
11am — 5pm
Regular Private Tour: $50 per person, Reservations must be made one week in advance, limit 6.
Private Behind the Scenes Tour: $80 per person, Reservations must be made one week in advance, limit 6.
For ticket and tour information, call (409)762-2475.
Hours of Operation
Open Daily: 11am - 6pm
Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.