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Bidwell Mansion

525 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3901
+1 530-895-6144
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Historical summary of the family, their home and Chico

The tour explains the history of Chico as well as the Bidwells and their mansion. Some of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Vista, California
Not enough photos

This is an amazing mansion. Historic land mark for California. The first home with indoor plumbing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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525 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-3901
+1 530-895-6144
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Reviewed yesterday

The tour explains the history of Chico as well as the Bidwells and their mansion. Some of the books, art and furniture are original to the home and the rest they have done of very nice job of collecting.

Thank IguanaMomma
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing mansion. Historic land mark for California. The first home with indoor plumbing in California. Sorry for the lack of photos

Thank Callahan09
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The park ranger gave a very informative tour. Worth the small price of admission. Don't forget to check out the gift shop.

Thank Lenore C
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

This California State Park offers guided tours of the historical Bidwell Mansion an architectural gem in the heart of Chico. The tour offers a glimpse into what life here was like in the last half of the 1800s as well as a bit of the...More

Thank jrmaerzke
Reviewed 22 April 2017

A nice short visit near Chico State University. If you've never been in Chico, it is ok to see at least once for a bit of Chico's history.

Thank Fisher0328
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We did the mansion tour and really enjoyed it. It is not all original, but has been restored to very close to the original. Furnishings are a combination of original pieces and period pieces. Three stories, has stairs, and there is quite a bit of...More

Thank cybertraveler
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

You won't want to miss this tour if your in Chico! There is so much history packed into this house, with all time period pieces of furniture, and fantastic architecture throughout. The tours are great, our 12 year old son had lots of great questions,...More

Thank makjms
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We enjoyed the tour of this historic mansion. I think my teens would have been a little bored, but we enjoyed hearing about the Bidwells. I had no idea how much influence John Bidwell had on California's agricultural beginnings. Guide was very knowledgable. It was...More

Thank Kathy F
Reviewed 25 October 2016

John Bidwell was a gold rush king. He made his fortune, went to Washington DC to serve and ran for President of the US. He met his bride Annie and took her back to Chico to live. Bidwell laid out the plans for the city...More

1  Thank nkwins
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is not just a house tour -- between the exhibit area and the house tour itself, you will learn quite a bit about the history of the greater Chico area itself, as well as Mr. Bidwell and his business enterprises. You will pay for...More

Thank WHMeg
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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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