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Interesting part of local history

We had a couple of days in Chico and decided to visit the mansion. We were surprised to arrive and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stockton, California
A must see when in Chico

The state of California has done a wonderful job of presenting the story of John Bidwell, one of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
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All reviews his wife first floor indoor plumbing flush toilets three floors chico state university answered every question local history original furnishings guided tour great tour a wonderful job no elevator interesting artifacts visitor center has history lesson next door
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a couple of days in Chico and decided to visit the mansion. We were surprised to arrive and find it was a free tour (although limited to downstairs). They had an interesting way of controlling how many people were let in. They had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RalphM33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The state of California has done a wonderful job of presenting the story of John Bidwell, one of the lesser known figures in the pioneer history of California. The mansion tour was informative, and most important, fun. Our tour guide had a great sense of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Synguru
Reviewed 14 December 2018

The mansion is beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays. Staff dress in the clothing from the time period, late 1800's when Annie Bidwell and her family lived in the mansion

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sunrae2017
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Great historical site. We tend to take out of town visitors here. General Bidwell founded the town of Chico and his wife Annie Bidwell donated more than 3,600 acres for a wonderful city park.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Michael G
Reviewed 11 November 2018

A very cool place that nobody should miss who is interested in settlers, gold mining, history, Ishi, and all the other things that happened in California in the 1800's. Amazing displays in the house and at the small interpretive center next door. Take the time...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank victorB_Delekhan
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This is one of my favorite historical mansions! Dating back to the start of what is Now Chico, CA. John Bidwell even had a run as the US president! Museum & guided or self guided tours is excellent! Just be on the lookout for Annie...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Angel K
Reviewed 4 August 2018

The Bidwell Mansion has been transformed beautifully into the past. The guides are knowledgeable and every detail has been taken into consideration. If you enjoy history, and even if you don't, give it a shot!! It is right at the Chico State University campus and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Witching
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Bidwell mansion tell about the history of Bidwell Park and chico! A great way to find out about the history of the area

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank huumbug2018
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We arrived early for an 11 am tour and spent about 20 minutes in the visitors center before our tour departed. Good history and interesting artifacts. This made some of the tour information repetitious. The house is incredible, especially for it’s time, but it’s a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Acrenename
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Our visitors from out of state wanted to visit Bidwell Mansion and we were surprised that there were more to see. It has been ages since my wife and I visited the mansion. It was great for us also because they opened a new floor...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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27 April 2016|
Response from deborahbB3746SZ | Reviewed this property |
Saturday - Monday 11 AM to 5 PM. (Closed Tuesday - Friday) Tours are given every hour on the hour during hours of operation with the last tour starting at 4 pm. Tour admission: Adult 18 and over: $6 Youth 5-17: $3
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