Street Address
525 The Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
Mailing Address
525 The Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
phone: 530-895-6144
web: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=460
Hours
Sunday, Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
Monday12 PM - 4 PM
Tours are on-the-hour
Admissions
Paid for with cash or check (no credit cards)
Adults: $6
Youth (5-17): $3
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Amber Drake, Guide Supervisor
phone: 530-895-6144

Description

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park showcases the life and home of CA pioneer, farmer and statesman, John Bidwell. The park includes his restored and fully-furnished 26-room Victorian mansion, as well as a modern Visitor Center which houses an Exhibit Hall and a Museum Store.

History

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 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.

Bidwell Mansion has been a State Historic Park since 1964. It includes a restored house museum, the home of CA pioneer and Chico founder, John Bidwell.

Educational Programs

Staff conducts free educational tours to third and fourth grade classes. Scheduled in advance.

Governance

We are a CA State Park, owned and operated by the State of California.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Tours

Tours are on-the-hour

Museum Store, Exhibit Hall, Theater

The Visitor Center includes a Museum Store, Exhibit Hall and a Theater.

Indoor and Park Rental

The Theater and Grounds can be rented for Special Events.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours