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Rienzi Mansion

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Neighbourhood: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Address: 1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
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+1 713-639-7800
13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of...

The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of European decorative arts. Stroll the formal and Texas woodland garden. The mansion is in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood.

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Wonderful docent tour

Wonderful docent led tour of this house museum. Led into 1950s sitting area and told only place in house could sit or touch anything. Photography is allowed without flash. I was... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2016
Petersburg, Virginia
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Petersburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Wonderful docent led tour of this house museum. Led into 1950s sitting area and told only place in house could sit or touch anything. Photography is allowed without flash. I was on first tour of the day which happened to be just me and the docent Pat. The owners,the Mastersons, collected a lot of porcelain. The house is part of... More 

Thank scampi745
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

A house museum in a residential neighborhood. Peaceful garden that you can wander. Beautiful house built in the style of 18th century English mansion. Only timed docent-led tour is offered. The tour is very includes the history of the house and stories about the art works in the house. A small room with changing exhibit is available for perusal before... More 

Thank 48Traveling
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

This is a great place to go a couple times a year or more. They also have events there (check their website). A great tour and beautiful grounds right in the heart of Houston.

Thank Yvonne T
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Rienzi was a real home, though not one like you and I probably live in. The magnificent European antiques give a glimpse of another period in time as well as a look at how you might live if money were no object. Paintings, silver, an amazing collection of English china, decorative items beautiful beyond imagination!

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Reviewed 18 January 2016

This tour lasts about an hour after check-in. We had an excellent guide. She was knowledgable and interesting. She stayed in each room as long as the group was interested or had questions. This mansion is a statement when it comes to extravagant paint finishes, floor treatments, china, porcelain, and sculptures. The grounds are worth it on a good day... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

I went with Groupon, and it was a fascinating tour. Very neat place in the River Oaks area. Check it out before you get married; they do events.

1 Thank gdarr
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Hard to visit. Garden is free and open but inside is by docent tour only. You have to call and schedule a tour. It's not expensive but I would find it overrated. It's a nice mansion in an exquisite area of Houston. The house itself has nothing special from the architectural point of view. And the docent was trying to... More 

Thank Aburel
Galveston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

Donated by the Masterson family, Rienze is one of the most beautiful homes in Houston. The gardens are quite beautiful and unique. If you love architecture and beautiful gardens then this should be on your list of places to visit.

Thank CriticalChris
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

A thing of Beauty to Behold! Harris and Carol Masterson, patrons to The Arts, and members of one of the oldest family in Houston, loved traveling and collecting exquisite things. To tour this beautiful home and the gardens, is somehow like seeing one of the smaller museums in Europe.

Thank 56003David_S
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The museum site touted the free photography in the surrounding garden day as a setting for a stroll. It is a very small area, due to the numerous signs blocking the paths and what looked to be interestig walks down to a creek area. The way it is set up tho is simply a short loop around the home/ museum... More 

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