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“How the wealthy lived 100 years ago.”
Review of Moody Mansion

Moody Mansion
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US$155.00*
and up
Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #8 of 106 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 26 July 2014

I have driving by the Moody Mansion for years and never stopped. This trip we decided to take the tour and see inside. Photos are not allowed inside the mansion but are allowed in the garage where a few of the old Moody cars are displayed.
I suggest a tour but there was nothing there that compels me to return.

Thank tomthbomb
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Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We decided to see the Moody Mansion on a hot day to get out of the sun. I expected this to be a quick tour of a few rooms and then done.

You start in the garage that houses three of the families vehicles. There are many interesting facts to read about. Next the guide takes you through the mansion pointing out history about the family and Galveston. Though you go through just two of the four floors of the mansion, there is plenty to see.

We had three teenagers with us and they were actually interested in the mansion and talked about it at dinner. All in all it turned out better than expected.

3  Thank Darry S
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

The Moody Mansion is beautiful. All of the items and the museum still belong to the Moody family and many are original. They suffered hurricane damage and are still recovering from it. Worth you while. The docents are extremely knowledgeable.

Thank ricencows
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

While not as grand in architecture as the Bishop's Palace, this stately home is a must for anyone who is really interested in learning about Galveston history. The home is still beautifully furnished with items left by the families who lived there. All renovations have been done with the same material as the original. You will see that care is taken to make the home as beautiful as it was during its glory years. There is no peeling wood or water stains in this beautiful home.

Self-guided tours are not available and guests should prepare for the guided tour to take a little over an hour in most cases. The tour guides really know their history and great anecdotes about the Moody family. If you are in a hurry or have a limited schedule, it would be best to save this tour for another day.

1  Thank MellowTraveler_423
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We tried to go to the mansion and arrived at the wrong time for a tour. They only do them on the hour. My son went to look at a car and the lady working there yelled at him to get away from the car. Not a place for children.

2  Thank Nicole S
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