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Bidwell Mansion Tours
Jul 11, 2014 - Sep 15, 2014 
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Bidwell Mansion Tours Now Available on Fridays


Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park will be open on Fridays starting on July 11, 2014. Summer Visitor Center hours will now be Friday through Monday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM from July 11, 2014 through September 15, 2014. Bidwell Mansion tours will be available on all four days with tours scheduled every hour beginning at 11:00 AM with the last tour at 4:00 PM. Tours will begin in the Bidwell Mansion SHP Visitor Center at 525 Esplanade, Chico.


Fees for the tours are $6.00 per adult, $3.00 for children 5 – 17 years of age and free to children 4 years of age or younger. Only cash and checks are accepted for the tours. There is no cost to view the Visitor Center, exhibits or the grounds. 


Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park has a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, was the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official. She married John on April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C.


When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa, an informal, warmly romantic style. The building's exterior is finished with a pink tinted plaster. The Mansion today is still one of Chico’s most important historical landmarks.


For more information call the Bidwell Mansion SHP Visitor Center at (530) 895-6144 or view


Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park


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