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Review of Moody Mansion

Moody Mansion
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Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #8 of 103 things to do in Galveston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Restored to its turn of the century splendor, the 28,000 square-foot, four-story structure was completed in 1895. Today, our guests visit 20 rooms on a self-guided tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family. The Moodys established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance and hotels. The mansion is one of the finest places to visit, a trip back in time. Touring the museum should definitely be on the top on the list for things to do on Historic Galveston Island. Tour Information: Self-guided Audio Tours: Children 6 & Under Free Self-guided audio tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last tickets sold at 4p.m.; house closes at 5 p.m.) Behind-the-scenes Tours: Exclusive docent-guided tours to areas not normally open to the public 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday | limited size tours | reservations highly recommended Group Tours: Moody Mansion tour descriptions: Self-guided audio tours: Two audio tours allow you to set your own pace through the house and grounds. • The Moody Family tour features six members of the Moody family telling stories about their ancestors. This tour is also translated into Spanish. • Mary’s tour, appropriate for children and adults, is narrated by an actress portraying the late Mary Moody Northen as if she were guiding you through her home. Guided 25th Anniversary Tour: Behind-the-scenes tours celebrate the 25th anniversary of Moody Mansion’s restoration. A knowledgeable docent guides guests through areas not normally open to the public, describing Mary Moody Northen’s vision for preserving her home and sharing her collections. These tours are conducted at 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tour size is limited; reservations are highly recommended.
Sikeston, Missouri, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour. Wish we could have taken photos in the house. The guide was very informative and interesting. The house is beautiful. We had a small tour group. ..it would have been less interesting with a big group due to the available space in the rooms...wouldn't be able to hear as well

Thank Tanya H
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Texas City, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful old home”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I went with my family and my son did not get bored. The rooms are fanstic, little details everywhere. No photos inside but breathe taking interior. Every room seems to have something special about it.

Visited July 2013
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Black Hawk, Colorado
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

It was nice to be able to turn back the clock and glimpse backwards into time. It was a beautiful home, I really enjoyed the tour!

Visited February 2014
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Kokomo, IN
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is a guided tour and allow approx. 1 1/2 hours to tour. You can not take photos on the inside which is a bummer but make sure to walk around outside and take them all you like. If you don't want a tour guide and want to stroll at your own pace, this is not the tour for you. Our guide was good, lots of knowledge, but I think maybe a bit too much! She seemed to ramble and get side tracked. However, it was worth it to tour this home. The house is amazing, the story interesting! There is parking onsite at no fee. They do offer a multi- visit ticket at a discount offered for Bishops Palace also! This would not be recommended for families w/ small children as I do think they would get bored.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank msditty
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Lafayette, Colorado, United States
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautifully restored family mansion”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

They have gone to great lengths to maintain this home exactly as it was when the Moody family lived there. The wood work is ornate and intricate. All the furniture in the home belonged to the family and all lighting is original and restored. Our guide was very knowledgeable and happily answered all questions. I wouldn't be surprised if she personally knew the Moody family. The negatives: the guide was an older woman and very soft spoken so difficult to hear at times & our group was too big (roughly 20). The majority of rooms have a barrier so you can't touch the furniture or displays so the standing room is small. I would really recommend a maximum of 12 people per tour so everyone can see and hear and fully enjoy the tour. I would pay double the price to be in a small group. If you enjoy historical homes this is well worth your time and money ($10\person)

Visited March 2014
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