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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

525 Esplanade

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.


Joe Dix

Friday, June 29, 2018
The mansion tour was a great activity on a very hot day, it has AC! Paid $6 each plus young kids free. Very interesting tour given by very knowledgeable park staff. You can take pictures but no touching anything including the library books.

Steven Chow

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Such a great experience! Went to school here and never went to visit. 20 years later I finally go see it and can't believe all the history.

Phillip Roberts

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Just amazing. Absolutely beautiful. My 7 year old daughter loved it.

Heather McCasland

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Wonderful way to step back in time. The annual farm festival held at the museum is the best free event for families in Chico in my oppinion.

Kelly Grago

Thursday, March 15, 2018
My favorite house in Chico! Home of the founders of Chico, John and Annie Bidwell, this beautiful Victorian has been beautifully restored and preserved so that visitors may experience the home much as a guest would have when the original owners still reaided here. Whether you live in Chico or are just passing through, a tour of this house, and the visitor center/museum, is definitely worth your time!

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