Bidwell Mansion is a three story, 26-room Italian Villa that served as home for one of California’s most prominent couples, John and Annie Bidwell. The house museum is open by guided tour only. Tours are held on the Mondays, 12 pm to 4 pm and weekends, 11 am to 4 pm. Tours leave on the hour and take approximately 50 minutes with the last tour leaving at 4pm. Tours are first come, first served. The park is located at 525 Esplanade in Chico and is closed Tuesday through Friday. Phone (530) 895-6144 for more information.
Visitor Center: Tour sign-ups and ticket purchases are at the Visitor Center, which is accessible. The exhibit hall, which highlights the Bidwell’s influence, is generally accessible. Assistance in the store is available, if needed. A captioned introductory video about the Bidwells is available. A captioned video of the upper floors of Bidwell Mansion is also available for tour guests who can not climb the stairs to view the second and third floors.
Bidwell Mansion: A gently sloped ramp enables wheelchair users to enter and tour the first floor of the Mansion. A captioned video of the upper floors is also available in the Visitor Center for those who cannot climb the stairs to view the second and third floors.
The Carriage House is behind the Mansion and offers displays that are generally accessible.
Restrooms, parking and routes: Restrooms are in the visitor center and are accessible for most people. Parking for the Mansion includes two accessible spaces with one being a van space. Routes of travel between all facilities are paved, level and generally accessible.