Galveston Historical Foundation
1892 Bishop's Palace

1892 Bishop’s Palace


At this time, all GHF sites are closed by order of the City of Galveston. As the city reevaluates the situation, we will update accordingly.

In the meantime, please click here for a full slate of online experiences we are hosting over the upcoming weeks.

The 1892 Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.


SPRING BREAK PROGRAMS | Join us at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace for our new Spring Break at the Bishop’s programs. Classes are limited, are free with general admission, begin at 11:30 a.m. and will not last longer than an hour. Learn more here!
BISHOP’S PALACE AWARDED TEXAS PRESERVATION MATCHING GRANT | The grant will allow GHF to work on the conservatory on the East side of the property. The upcoming work includes reconstructing the original copper roof to its initial design and materials. Learn more here!

(last entrance 45 min. before closing)
10-5 Sunday-Friday
10-6 Saturday
Adults $14
Youth (6 through 18) $9
Children 5 and under, free

PLEASE NOTE | Bishop’s Palace will be closed Easter Sunday, November 2 & 3, Thanksgiving Day, December 6, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and January 6-12, 2020. We will also close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be open from 1-3 on New Year’s Day. We will open from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.

PRIVATE TOURS | Private Tours are designed to provide an in-depth, detailed look at the house, Gresham family history, unique artifacts and more. An expert guide will take you through the house and will tailor the tour based on your interests. Private Tour tickets are $50 per person and private Behind The Scenes tours are $80 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 409-762-2475 and must be made one week in advance, limit 6.

GROUP TOURS & SCHOOL GROUPS | Group tours can be arranged for parties of 20 or more at $9 per adult. School group pricing is $6 per student, up to five chaperones are free. Call 409-762-2475 or send an email to book. If you would like to book Bishop’s Palace in conjunction with 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Pier 21, or Historic Harbor Tour, please call 409-765-7834.

1402 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550 United States
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The 1892 Bishop’s Palace and Galveston Historical Foundation offer teachers and students a large variety of TEKS aligned field trips focusing on history, math, and science. For more information, contact Susan Vanderford at 409-765-3432.

Bishop’s Palace also makes a fine setting for wedding photography by arrangement. Bishop’s Palace is not available for wedding and private event rentals. For rental information, call (409) 765-3402, or email Lauraleigh Gourley.


Galveston Historical Foundation is committed to making our programs and historic sites special needs accessible. However, at this time, Bishop’s Palace does not have a ramp for wheelchairs or walkers and is not fully accessible to those with physical disabilities. We can provide an audio tour with photographs and a written transcript of the tour. If you have special needs contact 409-762-2475 or 409-765-3410 or send an email in advance to your visit to make arrangements.

Bishop’s Palace is a privately owned and operated historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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