Moody Mansion

Historic Places

Looking for something fun to do because the beach weather is currently not always available?  Well why not visit some of Galveston’s historical buildings and places? Many people don’t think history when coming to Galveston, but the whole island was built off of history.

The beautiful beaches and local restaurants seem to sometimes overshadow the history upon which this beautiful island was built on, but it’s always important to acknowledge and appreciate the rich history in.

Today we will discuss some historical places that will give you a deeper perspective into Galveston’s history.

Bishop’s Palace

Quite often referred to as Galveston’s finest and most well-known building, Bishop’s Palace is an extravagant architectural masterpiece containing:

  • Colored stone
  • Intricately carved ornaments
  • Rare woods
  • Stained-glass windows
  • Bronze dragons
  • Sculptures
  • Fireplaces lined with silver

This Victorian Castle, designed and built by Nicholas Clayton and Colonel Walter Gresham, was acknowledged by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America.

This architectural treasure took six years to build, as the creators wanted everything in the palace to be spot on with Victorian values.

Admission for adults is $12. Prices for children 6 to 18 get in for $9 and children under 6 get in for free.

Address: 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

1895 Moody Mansion

This four-story structure, which is 28,000 square feet and has over 20 rooms, was completed in 1895. W.L Moody Jr, who established one of the great American Financial Empires, bought the home in 1900 after it was severely damages by the great hurricane of 1900.

Today, the rooms are furnished with personal items of the once living members of the Moody Family. The Legacy of the Moody family lives on today through their charitable foundations which focus on health care, education, preservation of history, and the fine arts.

Adult Admission is $12. Admission for kids 6 to 18 get in for $6 and children 5 and under get in for free.