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Explore Galveston History at Moody Mansion

Touring Moody Mansion is among the most popular things to do in Galveston, a restored historic home listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior since 1994 and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark since 1967.

This restored Galveston house museum is open to the public daily for tours. Guests are welcome to tour the two main floors of the historic Moody Mansion, furnished in a variety of styles ranging from French Rococo to Classical Revival. All furnishings are original to the Moody family.

“BUILDING A BROADWAY BEAUTY” is our new exhibit focused on the innovative architecture, interior decor and 19th Century construction of the mansion, celebrating 125 years since the building was completed. There is a main exhibit on the 2nd floor, and interpretive panels in most rooms describing unique design details. The exhibit will be on display throughout 2020, Moody Mansion’s 125th anniversary year.

The exhibit pays homage to British architect William H. Tyndall, who built the mansion, and the world-famous interior design firm of Pottier & Stymus, which created the interior decor.

“FASHION FOLLOWS FUNCTION” in Mary’s Gallery: A remarkable exhibit showing photos of Mary Moody Northen at various stages of her life, displayed alongside the actual clothing she wore in those photos! There’s a picture of Mrs. Northen with John Wayne, for example, and then you’ll see the very hat she wore in that photo nearby.

The exhibit demonstrates how Mary Moody Northen’s wardrobe changed over the years, as she grew from a shy and delicate debutante to a Galveston socialite to a nationally prominent business executive, philanthropist and adventurer.

Gather a group: Moody Mansion offers discounts for groups. Call for details.

In addition to our normal self-guided audio tours, behind-the-scenes all-access tours with a knowledgeable guide are also available, with advance reservations.

These tours include access to areas of the house not normally open to visitors, and the number of people admitted for each tour is limited. Book online for schedule, details, and reservations. 

The Galveston Children’s Museum on the ground floor of Moody Mansion has a wealth of hands-on activities for children. A separate fee is charged for admission.

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