Bishop’s Palace Tours
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. 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 at Ave. J.
Available Daily (11am-5pm): Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11.
December 8th, 15th, 22nd (4pm and 5:30pm): Bishop’s Palace Christmas Tours – Step into the 1892 Bishop’s Palace for this special tour highlighting the National Historic Landmark’s holiday decorations! Featuring six Christmas trees, live greenery, Poinsettias and more, you’ll learn about the house and Victorian holiday traditions. Complimentary champagne will be served and photography is allowed.
Galveston residents are invited to come to Galveston Historical Foundation’s (GHF’s) Preservation Resource Center (PRC), located on the mezzanine of the 1940 Sears Building at 2228 Broadway, with their historic photos or documents that can be used to document the history of Galveston residents as well as residential and commercial properties on the island. The documents will be scanned and added to the PRC’s archives, safe from loss, and available to researchers and homeowners. Originals will be returned.
The Preservation Outreach Committee is sponsoring this historic document scanning program to support the Foundation’s new Galveston History Project, which focuses on people who have lived on or visited the island community at some point during the city’s history. Individuals are asked to share their Galveston family photographs that may include people, historic residential and commercial buildings on the island, individual property histories, non-copyrighted historic photographs, postcards, maps, and other historic resources pertaining to Galveston so they can be added to the collection. Staff will be available by appointment to scan and copy the items on site, free of charge. This will create a backup electronic copy that can be available if the original is lost.
The PRC assists hundreds of visitors researching their properties and learning more about Galveston every year. To make an appointment to have your historic documents scanned for the Preservation Resource Center, call Jami Durham, Historian for Property Research and Cultural History, at (409)765-3453.