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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007 (Afton Oaks/ River Oaks)
+1 713-639-7750
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Ranked #9 of 126 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
Owner description: Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American decorative arts and...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.

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Houston, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This is such a beautiful home and is made even more special by the amazing grounds. My ladies organization went as a group and sauntered through the beeathtakingly beautiful grounds for several hours. Highly recommend this as a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Houston

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Suburb of Houston
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89 reviews 89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

From the security guards to the ticket seller to the docent, the entire staff seemed unpleasant and unwelcoming. The docent kept us within arms reach every minute of the one hour tour, so when one or the other of us needed a break from her monotonous, loss-for-words style of describing things, we were chastened to stay in the room with... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It is worth going to as a destination because it is so pretty but beware of a few things before you go. Currently the bridge to get to the gardens is closed so you have to stop at the visitors center first for your tickets and then drive around to the temporary entrance. Then the entrance fee to the gardens,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This family mansion was converted to a museum where each room represents a different historical period. That is cool but I feel it doesn't paint a true picture of a family home. That being said, it was the owner who thought up the idea of arranging the home in this manner before officially converting it to a museum. The gardens... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visited the gardens only, which cost $5/person. There are multiple gardens at the Hogg residence. The gardens, walkways, and a few sculptures were nice, but there were few blooms in November. You enter the property on Westcott Street. I believe there is usually a walkway from the Westcott Building to the Hogg residence. Unfortunately, the walkway was closed. After... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

One of the underappreciated cultural gems of the American South, this museum pays tribute to one of America's greatest collectors of Colonial period furniture and decorative arts. The highlights of the collection rival those of Winterthur in national importance.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the rooms from different periods in American history. The rooms decorated for Christmas were very interesting.

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Danville
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19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a remarkable estate to visit. We loved walking the beautiful gardens and grounds. One of the nicest things to do in Houston.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This house is really worth a visit. Although only built in the 1920s it houses the collection of the Hogg family and in particular tells the wonderful story relating to Miss Hogg who, having died at the age of 93 collected throughout her life a wide selection of objects and in particular American furniture. She was an extremely discerning collector.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Historic Houston home filled with an unusual collection of American antiques. The gardens are beautiful. The best time to see the gardens is in early spring when the azaleas are at their peak. This is also the time of the annual Azalea Trail, though, and there will be crowds on the weekends. Stop in the visitor center and watch the... More 

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