April: Exclusive Bishop’s Palace Tours This Month

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.

April 6th, 20th (11am-12:30pm): Basement to Attic Tour – Offering participants a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that are typically off-limits, the Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tour features Mrs. Gresham’s studio. An exclusive third-floor view provides a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.

April 19th (7pm), May 18th, September 13th (8pm): Full Moon Tours – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light, the moonlight, on their upcoming Full Moon Tour. This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight.

May 19th, June 9th (2pm) Victorian Tea at the Bishop’s Palace – Enjoy a special guided tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace complete with a specialty tea and light snacks. Tickets are $30.

Other Events

April 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th (10am) and April 6th (1:30pm): Viewing of ELISSA Day Sails via SEAGULL II – Get your tickets for the harbor tour vessel SEAGULL II as she follows the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA on her annual day sail series. Tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes in length and will trail the 142-year-old tall ship as she sets sail for the Gulf of Mexico. Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 6-18) and 4 and under are free. Please arrive by 9:45am (or 1:15pm for Saturday) for boarding, and print and bring your ticket with you. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com.

May 12th (9am): Mother’s Day Brunch – Enjoy a hearty brunch, music and more in Menard Hall, then take a tour of Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House! This Galveston Historic Homes Tour event will also include a ticket to the 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour and always sells out. Tickets are $70. This will be held at Menard Hall, 3302 Avenue O.


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