Bidwell Mansion SHP
State Historic Park
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is 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, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious, and committed to a number of moral and social causes. Annie was very active in the suffrage and prohibition movements.
The Bidwells were married April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C. with then President Andrew Johnson and future President Ulysses S. Grant among the guests. Upon arrival in Chico, the Bidwells used the Mansion extensively for entertainment of friends. Some of the guests that visited Bidwell Mansion were President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William T. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, Governor Stanford, John Muir, and Asa Gray.
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.
Location - Directions
From Highway 99: Take East First Avenue exit and head west. Turn Left on Esplanade. The park is located on the right hand side of the road at Memorial Way and Esplanade.
From Highway 5: Take Highway 32 exit at Orland east 20 miles to West Sacramento Avenue. Turn left (east) onto West Sacramento Avenue to The Esplanade where you turn right (south).
The Mansion is located at 525 Esplanade. The Visitor Center is open Friday through Monday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Tours are generally held every hour, with the last group leaving at 4:00pm. Please call ahead to confirm daily tour schedule
Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised. The mansion it temperature controlled.
Tours consist of three floors of Bidwell Mansion, including approximately 50 stairs. The first floor of Bidwell Mansion is accessible via an exterior ramp. The two upper levels are only accessible by stairs. For visitors unable to climb stairs, an open-captioned video of the 2nd and 3rd floors may be viewed in the Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center is completely accessible. It includes restrooms, water fountain, a lobby, a museum store, an exhibit hall and a theater.
- Hours of Operation:
Visitor Center Friday through Monday
11 AM to 5 PM
Closed Tuesday through Thursday.
- Park Office Telephone:
- Purchase Annual Passes
Visitor Center -
Friday through Monday 11 AM to 5 PM
Closed Tuesday through Thursday.
Tour Schedule -
Tours leave on the hour and take approximately 50 minutes with the last tour leaving at 4 PM.
Tours are held Friday through Monday from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Tours are first come, first served each day. Those interested in a group tour should call ahead for reservations. Large tours (20 or more) may be able to schedule tours for weekdays. Call for scheduling opportunities.
Adult 18 and over: $6.00
Youth 5-17: $3.00
Children 4 and under: Free