This Weekend: Bishop’s Palace Holiday Tours, Nautical Trivia Night, and More


Galveston Historical Foundation Events

Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) offers many events that are open to the public. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.  Tickets and reservations can be made online at or by calling (409)763-1877.

Bishop’s Palace Tours

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Built of stone and steel for the railroad magnate Walter Gresham and his family, this famous house was designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded-Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway Ave. J.

Available Daily (11am-5pm) – Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, the Bishop’s Palace Audio Tour allows visitors to see 

historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld, high-resolution screen. The Acoustiguide device also features new tour commentary specifically created for the self guided format. Tickets are $6-$11.

December 9th (6-7pm) – Bishop’s Palace Holiday Lights Tour – Join GHF for this special series of tours, showing off the beauty of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace by the light of their holiday and Christmas tree decorations!. Tickets are $15-$30.


December 8th (12 noon- 1pm) – The Gresham Children Lunchtime Gallery Talk – Join GHF’s Renee Tallent, Manager of Historic Collections, for a lunchtime talk on the children of Walter and Josephine Gresham. Although a lunch is not provided, guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the lecture. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A. This event is free.

December 15th (5-8pm) – Nautical Trivia Night – So you think you know boats? Test your knowledge at trivia night hosted on the dock right in front of ELISSA. Must have a team of 3-6 people to participate. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. First place team goes home with the Golden Belay Pin Trophy. This event is free.