Moody Mansion
Moody Mansion
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Meggie
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Restored Mansion - Bring headphones
    Beautiful house wonderfully restored, full of history. Monday morning was not crowded, the parking lot is tight but was not full. $30 for two, took us a bit over an hour. Highly recommend bringing headphones and make sure your phone is charged. We would count down together, 3, 2, 1 Play then press at the same time so we could hear the same audio track at the same time. Felt transported to an older simpler time.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • BensMom2
    Fort Worth, Texas210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely tour of the Moody Mansion!
    My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour at this beautiful home.Beginning with 3 of the family cars in pristine condition. The tour was so professionally put together, along with a guided tour. But our favorite part was the info we received from Bobbi, a volunteer docent. You could tell she was so proud of the home and gave us so much extra information! It has a lot of the original furniture, and I loved seeing the fashion from the ladies of the home. Very well done!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • sharrongeg
    Henderson, Nevada3,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Galveston History
    We really enjoyed our visit to the Moody Mansion today. Adult entry was $15 per person and included a small car collection. You could tell that a few generations of the same family really loved this house. One downside….the audio tour is available by clicking on a QR code. Sadly a few senior people didn’t quite understand that they should keep the volume on their phones low. A hand held, wand type of audio guide would have made the self guided tour more pleasant. The audio guide was very good and often narrated by a living relative of the Moody family. We stayed just over an hour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • 404HappyTraveller
    Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderfully preserved period mansion
    This is an outstanding example of the opulent style of lifestyle that the upper class of the time lived. It is a very well preserved and restored mansion, and is nicely organized for a very interesting tour throughout most of the house. There are several options for touring the premises and we chose to just wander through on our own and read the information as we went. In addition to the main house and family history, there several vehicles on display in the “garage” behind the main house. Very well done - interesting and informative.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Ed H
    Georgetown, Texas128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see.
    What a wonderful place to visit! It’s a beautiful well maintained mansion. What made it especially nice were all of the personal touches in other various rooms. All of the furniture was original from when the family lived there, and there was a lot of family history attached to everything. I would highly recommend spending a few hours here. The Moodys were quite a family!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 April 2024
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Krista Y
Frisco, TX232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The house was an easy walking tour. We enjoyed the audio tour of each room on the phone. The greeter was great. We spent about an hour there. Neat to see/hear about the history.
Written 13 May 2024
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TexasGirls2022
Tucson, AZ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a nice experience and very educational. The weather was perfect for the visit. There was plenty to see both inside and out. My sister and I had a great time and is worth seeing again.
Written 11 May 2024
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Ed H
Georgetown, TX128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a wonderful place to visit! It’s a beautiful well maintained mansion. What made it especially nice were all of the personal touches in other various rooms. All of the furniture was original from when the family lived there, and there was a lot of family history attached to everything. I would highly recommend spending a few hours here. The Moodys were quite a family!
Written 19 April 2024
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Vernon K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We love to visit old homes across the country. We were very impressed with this home. We really enjoyed the visit. It is worth the cost.
Written 12 March 2024
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is an outstanding example of the opulent style of lifestyle that the upper class of the time lived. It is a very well preserved and restored mansion, and is nicely organized for a very interesting tour throughout most of the house. There are several options for touring the premises and we chose to just wander through on our own and read the information as we went. In addition to the main house and family history, there several vehicles on display in the “garage” behind the main house. Very well done - interesting and informative.
Written 2 March 2024
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Tonilyn L
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
it was ok. try to find something to do before or Cruise. it was cheap but is a very short tour. wouldn't do it again wish we had found something else to entertain us
Written 12 February 2024
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sandpshkr2014
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We called months in advance to find out if the house was wheelchair friendly. They assured us that they would be able to easily accommodate a wheelchair and a scooter as they had an elevator that could accommodate our needs. When we first arrived, my 90-year-old mother was in a wheelchair, and my 78-year-old wife was on a small scooter. The first words out of their mouths were that there was no way she could bring her scooter into the house because it would not fit into the elevator. They were able to provide a wheelchair for my wife with a staff member to push her.

Within minutes of the beginning of the tour, we saw the "elevator" that they intended to use to bring my mother and wife up to each of the four floors. This elevator was an absolute joke. It was used in the very early 20th century to transport coal and laundry. It was about three feet by two feet. The wheelchair had to be turned sideways once inside the elevator. The woman pusher savagely crammed my 90-year-old mother into this box nearly breaking both of her knees in the process. Then she told my mother not to touch anything so as to not damage the interior of the elevator because she had to put her hands out to avoid having her knees smashed. This woman had no idea what she was doing. Then it was my wife's turn, and the same thing happened.

Once each of them was on the next floor, by the time we caught up to the guide it was time to move to the next floor. It was unbelievable and this woman was nothing but nasty. As we went up in the elevator each time, she got worse. Each room had a raised threshold and this nitwit’s idea of getting a wheelchair over it was to get a running start and push as hard as she could. She nearly dumped each of them forward and out of the chair multiple times. Desperately wanting my mom and wife to survive and for their safety, I finally took over wheelchair duty. This was one of the scariest experiences ever. Needless to say, due to having to take care of them, I never saw or heard a single thing about the house.

Once downstairs and relieved it was over, the woman took over pushing my wife again as I simply could no longer manage both of them. She opened a door, and a wheelchair ramp was inside. She pushed my wife through the door, and she was sent careening down the ramp with no one holding on to her. Thank God I was there to catch her before she hit the brick wall at the bottom.

This house run by this group of people is nothing but dangerous, and I mean seriously dangerous. They should lose their ADA compliance certification and I intend on pursuing that very thing. A copy of this review and a complaint is being filed with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the Galveston County Daily News.

The takeaway is this: My mother and wife were scared to death in that elevator. If that house had caught fire, they would not have been able to rescue either of them. If you are at all claustrophobic, then definitely forget it. If you are in a wheelchair or on a scooter, for your own safety do not go there. You may not survive.

After reading all the "Poor" and "Terrible" reviews I will be happy to let the cat out of the bag. The name of the elderly woman that is so often referred to is VIOLET. She is nothing but a nasty, mean, old hag.
Written 28 December 2023
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to the Moody Mansion today. Adult entry was $15 per person and included a small car collection.

You could tell that a few generations of the same family really loved this house.

One downside….the audio tour is available by clicking on a QR code. Sadly a few senior people didn’t quite understand that they should keep the volume on their phones low. A hand held, wand type of audio guide would have made the self guided tour more pleasant. The audio guide was very good and often narrated by a living relative of the Moody family.

We stayed just over an hour.
Written 14 November 2023
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Amy L
Houston30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit ! Amazing history. This is a fantastic place to rent for any event. I highly recommend it to anyone having a family event.
Written 1 October 2023
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BensMom2
Fort Worth, TX210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour at this beautiful home.Beginning with 3 of the family cars in pristine condition. The tour was so professionally put together, along with a guided tour. But our favorite part was the info we received from Bobbi, a volunteer docent. You could tell she was so proud of the home and gave us so much extra information! It has a lot of the original furniture, and I loved seeing the fashion from the ladies of the home. Very well done!
Written 24 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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