Moody Mansion – What You Need To Know BEFORE You Visit

(Last Updated On: May 10, 2023)

The Moody Mansion, also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion, is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture situated in Galveston, Texas.

Completed in 1895 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 13th, 1994, this three-story building has 31 rooms and five bathrooms.

Built with incredible attention to detail, the mansion features a one-passenger elevator, a dumbwaiter, speaking tubes in the pantry for easy communication between floors, heated drying racks in the laundry room to facilitate quicker drying times for clothing and linens, and lighting fixtures that operate both by gas and electricity. With an impressive 40 thousand square feet of living space, it also includes its own rainwater cistern to provide potable water to residents.

Tours are available throughout the week while events such as weddings can be held at its facilities. Its aesthetic charm combined with its rich historical background make it a unique landmark in Galveston that can offer visitors a unique glimpse into an era gone by.

Moody Mansion History

moody mansion interior

Moody Mansion was built in 1893 by Narcissa Willis after the passing of her husband.

The mansion was designed by William H. Tyndall, an English architect, and the interiors were completed by Pottier & Stymus, a prestigious New York firm.

In 1894, the home was sold to William Lewis Moody Jr., for $20,000. Moody and his family resided there until 1986 when it was made into a museum for public viewing.

The mansion stands proudly as an iconic symbol of grandeur and lavish lifestyle of the 19th century.

Unfortunately parts of this majestic property were destroyed during Hurricane Ike in 2008 flooding its basement but thanks to restoration efforts lead by homeowners it has since been reopened to public in 2014 as Galveston Children’s Museum taking visitors back in time to experience history first hand through interactive activities suitable for all ages groups.

Moody Mansion Information

Opening Times

Monday 10AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM


2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550, United States


Phone: (409) 762-7668


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