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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

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(530) 895-6144

Park Hours

The Visitor Center is open Saturday - Monday 11 AM to 5 PM (Closed Tuesday-Friday).

Driving Directions to Bidwell Mansion SHP

From Highway 99: Take East First Avenue and go left onto The Esplanade, the Mansion is on your right(west).
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 The Esplanade. The Visitor Center is open Wed. - Fri. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 10-5, tours on the hour. The last tour is at 4:00 pm.

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Online reservations are not available for this park.

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Upcoming Park Events

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Bidwell Mansion Evening Holiday Tours

Guests of Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park will be able to free-tour all three floors of the holiday decorated mansion on December 19, 20 and 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tours will begin in the Visitor Center at 525 Esplanade.

Staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes and available to answer questions or provide insight into the history of this special home. Visitors will be able to view the home at their own pace while listening to live music played on Annie Bidwell’s beautiful grand piano.

Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 years to 17 and under. Tickets sell out quickly each year. To make a reservation, call (530) 895-6144. 


Bidwell Mansion Holiday Photos

Family holiday photos may be taken in Bidwell Mansion from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning beginning Nov. 30 through Dec. 22, with reservations and payment of $20 required in advance.

Photos may be taken in front of the Christmas tree, Annie's piano or on the main hall stairs. Guests must provide their own cameras and take their own pictures. No flash allowed.

Reservations will be taken for 15-minute time slots 10-11 a.m. on the available mornings. Spots are limited.


About Bidwell Mansion

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 Bidwell's 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 Bidwell's 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.

Accessibility

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.


Available Activities and Facilities at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
RV Access
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available