Extended Tours of Bishop’s Palace
. “You have to be able to wear a pair of comfortable shoes; [it’s] 96 steps to the top,” says Denise Alexander, chief of museums and external relations. The Nicholas Clayton-designed house was well-built, coming through the Great Storm of 1900 virtually unscathed. “When I go up there, it really shows the precarious nature of where the house is. You can see the water, the harbor; it’s so close to the Gulf. On a beautiful day, it’s breathtaking.” 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through September 28. Continuing 11 a.m. September 4 and 11, October 9 and 23, November 13 and 20. 1402 Broadway, Galveston. For information, call 409-762-2475 or visit galvestonhistory.org
. $15 to $20.
Legend has it that when Josephine Gresham needed a break from changing nappies and keeping her nine children in line, she turned to gardening and painting. They must have been a handful, because this Victorian-era military wife painted several murals in Bishop’s Palace, including one on the ceiling. But when she really needed an escape, she retreated to her third floor painting studio, with panoramic views of Galveston and the ocean. Though this area isn’t shown during the Galveston Historical Foundation’s daily or audio tours, access does come with the