GHF’s 1892 Bishop’s Palace will soon offer even more ways to learn and interact with the historic home. From June 1 through August 24, a new, extended, tour of the house will allow guests a brief view of the rarely seen third floor while enjoying a guided tour of the entire house. These tours will be available on Monday and Wednesdays only at 11 am. Pricing is $20 for adults and $15 for youth aged 6 to 18.


In addition to the extended tours, Bishop’s Palace will also stay open later on Thursdays for guests to enjoy a more relaxed viewing of the house. Beginning June 7th, hours will extend until 8 p.m. with complimentary beverages provided.

“By offering extended tours along with our regular audio tours and staying open later, we hope to meet the needs of our visitors by giving more access to Bishop’s Palace,” explains Denise Alexander, Chief of Museums and External Relations for Galveston Historical Foundation.


Bishop’s Palace, also known as the Walter and Josephine Gresham House, is one of the island’s best known and most popular tourist attractions. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of the nation’s most important late 19th century Victorian residences. Nicholas Clayton, Texas’ most accomplished architect of the period, designed the house for the Gresham family. In 1921, Galvestonians raised money to buy the house for the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese to make it the home of Bishop Byrne. GHF purchased the property in 2013 from the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. The foundation is the third owner of the property and assumed management in 2007. It welcomes over 65,000 local, national and international visitors each year.

9 Responses

  1. Catherine Kaminski

    Can you please tell me if the basement to attic tours will continue after May? If so, what are the dates?

    Thank you!

  2. Karen Tovar

    Are the “Extended Tours” mentioned above and the “Basement to Attic Tours” the same thing?

  3. Anita Dolan

    Are the basement tour and the attic tours included with our Galveston Historical Foundation membership. If not what is the additional charge?

  4. Janine da Silva

    Can GHF offer the in depth tour in the evening? My daughters and I would love to come but I work during the day.


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