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Address: 1010 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2334
Phone Number:
+1 512-305-8524
14:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Fri 14:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Governor's Mansion, the most historic house in Texas, sits on a...

The Governor's Mansion, the most historic house in Texas, sits on a beautifully landscaped city block in Austin near the Capitol building. Built in 1856, it is the oldest continuously occupied executive residence west of the Mississippi. The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Free guided tours of the Texas Governor's Mansion are available Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays, from 2:00 p.M. To 4:00 p.M. Tours last 30 minutes and are subject to availability. Reservations are required for tours and must be made at least one week in advance. There are no walk-up tours.

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Realatively short and unexciting tour unless you are a Texan.

Not much to see hear. basically you get to tour four downstairs rooms in the mansion. A little bit of history in the artwork, but the sitting Governor can change the décor. No... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Raymond L
Batavia, Ohio
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Frisco, Texas
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely afternoon concluded with a tour and tea with the First Lady of Texas, Cecelia Abbott. The house is amazing, and every time I visit I am overwhelmed by the sense of history and calm that permeate every room. You are met by docents who welcome you to "the people's house". I love that!

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Batavia, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much to see hear. basically you get to tour four downstairs rooms in the mansion. A little bit of history in the artwork, but the sitting Governor can change the décor. No viewing of the grounds, except thru the windows. Serious, no, very serious security team watching the small tour groups constantly. Passing thru gate to mansion equivalent to... More 

Thank Raymond L
Orlando, Florida
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I took a day trip here and had fun. My favorite part was seeing the personal things each governor left in the China hutch. The security is tight, you must pass a background check a couple weeks in advance to be given a tour time. We toured with just one other couple. The other highlight was getting... More 

Thank Salsa4eva
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 August 2016

Be sure it email in advance since you need to have a background check before you are able to visit. We were only able to visit the front rooms on the lower level since the Governor was having a meeting in a back room on the lower level but it was still nice to be able to learn about the... More 

Thank Lia D
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

5 elementary friends gathered for a girls retreat in Austin, our home town from 60 years ago and on our To Do list was the Governor's Mansion. Surprise...you need security clearance to tour this grand building. Our very knowledgeable guide was certainly up on Texas history as well as the occupants and the furnishings. So glad it's open again for... More 

Thank Carole S
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

Was able to walk by the Texas governors mansion, but touring the house requires an application two weeks in advance. Disappointed to not be able to tour it.

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Multiple Cities, USA
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2014

The Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin, TX is literally "risen from the ashes" -- having survived an arsonist's fire bomb thrown at the front door in 2008. For approximately 5 years, fundraising efforts and the hiring of artisans from all over the world to re-create 19th century architectural elements, the Mansion finally re-opened for public touring -- under the supervision... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

If you email them and ask to take a tour at least 2 weeks before your trip you can go inside. They will ask for your DL info and do security check on you. If approved they will email details about a week before you visit. The tour is free but that said I still didn't think it was worth... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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168 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2014

This is right next to the capital, so if you are there you might as well stop by. The road is closed off so it is quiet and when I was there, I was the only person around. I took a few pictures, but it is gated and you can't go in.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2013

I was in the first group to tour the Governor's house after the fire renovation. It was nice to see, but you only got to see very limited areas. The historical aspect is very nice mainly because of the age and uniqueness of the home, but taking the tour is not something I would go out of my way to... More 

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