The Moody Mansion, also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion, is a historic residential building in Galveston, Texas located at 2618 Broadway Street. The thirty-one room Romanesque mansion was completed in 1895. The home is named for William Lewis Moody, Jr., an American financier and entrepreneur in the cotton business who bought the home from Galveston socialite Narcissa Willis. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 13, 1994. Tours are offered, and the facilities can be rented out for weddings and other events.
The mansion was commissioned by Galveston socialite Narcissa Willis in 1893. Throughout her life, Willis had asked her husband, entrepreneur and cotton broker Richard S. Willis, to build a grand home. Willis demurred as he preferred to keep his assets liquid to be distributed among his ten children on his death. After Richard Willis' died in 1892, Narcissa had the home she and her husband shared torn down and began plans to build a more opulent home on the site. For this act, Willis was estranged from her family until her death in 1899. Her children never visited the opulent mansion designed to bring them back to Galveston. Willis lived alone in the house with a single housekeeper who was paid $1,000 a year, three times the wages domestics earned at the time.
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Dorsey Rushing | Feb 27, 2018
A terrific tour with audio guide that was most informative and interesting. The history of the building and the Moody Mansion family was as good as any tour of historical places we have visited. I would certainly recommend this place for a visit to anyone!
Steven McRae | Feb 13, 2018
Beautiful. I only got to experience the outside. What a house, can you imagine the impression it had on people back then like it does now? Just incredible.
Saree Anderson | Oct 27, 2017
LOVED the different tours you can take. One is narrated by a young Mary Moody and we found it delightful to follow. There was one docent that was not very friendly and honestly quite rude. The other docents were fantastic and informative! We want to come back when we can take our time and really listen and read everything as we were with a larger group that was in a rush.
Daniela Gaudino | Jan 30, 2018
From The Outside : it looks like a nice place. It is historical and well mainteined. The details of the statues are really interesting. Unfortunately it was closed when I got there
Olamide Ogunnika | Nov 21, 2017
At the Moody Mansions, I took a step back in time and it was fun. Made me appreciate the conveniences we have now yet allowed me to peek into the conveniences of the wealthy back then. The staff were friendly and wanted you to have a nice time there hence most people did. Free parking and they have a children's museum too.
Margaret Nikel | Mar 28, 2018
If you like Mansions this is one. Staff very keen on Galveston History. Ask questions you will learn something. The old hurricane is a fascinating and sad story. Children's Museum well worn, but kids love it. It has some cute areas especially the fishing boat and make a parachute.
Don Staples | Apr 15, 2018
It has a small children's museum. Nothing fancy, but I think that actually makes it better! Sometimes you feel lost or overwhelmed inside big, extravagant children museums. Imagine you have a really clever and inventive friend, and they have converted the main floor of their mansion into a kids dream play room. Tool benches, science stations, puppets, stage and costumes, paint, play restaurant, and since it is an island...a big fishing boat! That would be your kids favorite place to hang out. Big windows let in lots of light and views of the gardens. Plenty of places for adults to sit, or lots of ways for adults to join in the fun with the kids. A very pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Tammy Zavala | May 6, 2018
A great place to visit! Sooooo much history there and its like stepping in a time machine. Great story behind this impressive stained window.
Pit Vins | Apr 9, 2018
This place is, like the Bishop's Palace, a must-see when you are in Galveston. The inside of this mansion is absolutely stunning. The admission includes a self-guided tour and is well worth the price.
Rod Morris | May 15, 2018
Well-maintained and restored mansion from the Moody family of Galveston. Interesting history of the house and the family. Audio tour is self-guided and very informative. A nice break during the middle of the day to escape the heat and sun. Plan on 1-2 hours for a full tour.
Linda Schlunsen | May 30, 2018
Found this very interesting the history of the mansion. Was giving a lot of information with the self guided tour. Will go back again some day. If you enjoy learning the history of our country you will like this mansion.
Scott Anderson | May 28, 2018
Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace are both old mansions you can visit in Galveston and we ended up seeing both. Both are overpriced for what they are. You only need to see one. Bishop's Palace is nicer on the outside, but the outward appearance (and its free gift shop) is its best feature. Moody Mansion is actually nicer inside. It's the better value of the two mansions, and unless you are just a glutton for antiques, you do not need to see both. We were disappointed with Bishop' s Palace after having already seen Moody's Mansion. The Moodys are interesting. They got into cotton and then banking. Their house has a garage with 3 nice old cars. Their mansion has central air conditioning, which Bishop's Palace sorely lacks. Now, there is also a children's museum in the building and grounds, but for an extra charge. Twelve dollars a ticket is just two much for what you get, however (you get even less for the money at Bishop's), and that price doesn't even get you into all of it. They close off the top floor and the basement for the exclusive "premier" tour at an even higher price. Included on the 12 dollar tour is audio, but it's a little tedious to use it room by room, as, let's be honest, this isn't the Vatican. Worth a visit if you have time, but keep in mind it means time away from the beach and arguably better exhibits, like the tall ship Elissa or the oil rig museum. If old, not really that big, mansions interest you, see this one and just drive by Bishop's and maybe visit the very nice gift shop there. I'm glad I saw Moody's, once anyway.
Cristy Wags | Jul 10, 2018
Very cool we little piece of Galveston history here. My kids even enjoyed it and there is a separate children's museum for an extra cost downstairs. My husband and I will likely go back without the kiddos too so we can really take it in. This Mansion is beautiful to tour!
Sarah Evans | Jun 30, 2018
If you like historic places, this one is informative and interesting. Take the self guided tour. $12 vs. $30 for the guided tour. You'll take a small hand held device to listen to the information pertaining to rooms in the house. Very lovely mansion that's been preserved well.😊
John Perry | Jun 17, 2018
Very interesting historical part of Galveston. They have preserved everything nicely, and a great use of technology to inform the listener about every room. Dialog tempo could be a bit faster, and the third floor would be very interesting to visit. At least a layout and photos would help me feel I got the full tour for the $12 ea.
Phil Bossart | Jul 10, 2018
Went to the kids museum in the bottom and it was great. My daughter loved it, didnt want to leave. She played for hours. So many hands on things for her to do. Would recommend to anyone looking for a break from the beach.
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