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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington Ave./ Memorial Park)
+1 713-639-7750
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Ranked #8 of 171 attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Pearland, TX
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Bayou Bend Gardens (Ima Hogg House) is a beautiful way to step back in time. Unbelievable that this untouched treasure is hidden right in the middle of the bustling city. As soon as you cross the walking bridge high over the tree-lined bayou, you enter peaceful gardens. Take your camera and take the tour. My first trip there I was... More

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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

The gardens are the highlight to this place. You can your the home as well for $15 per person, the tour guides are very knowledgable so it was interesting and learned a lot about different periods in American art/history. But the gardens are just beautiful. 14 acres of lush garden. We went on a cooler rainy day and it was... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited on 4th of July, so there were plenty of people and festivities. Music, reading of the Declaration of Independence, costumed characters with historical stories, and birthday cake(s). The entire home/museum was not open on this free-admission holiday, but each open room was staffed with knowledgeable & friendly docents. We'll definitely go back another time to see the rest... More

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Metairie, Louisiana, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You can choose a study tour which is longer and more detailed, or the highlights tour which is only an hour. We signed up for the second, but because they were running behind, put us on the first, which was great. I like that they only have 6 people per tour so you can see everything and ask questions. The... More

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Houston, Texas
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82 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Such a beautiful and serene place to spend a couple of hours. Its so close to downtown its hard to believe that this place when it was still a residence was considered the "suburbs"

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

WOnderful magical location in the middle of the most prestigious neirborhood in the houston serene and calm grat place to go and stroll arould to just relax and unwind

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Excellent of early Houston and Southern living. Boring for children and not particularly friendly to limited mobility visitors.

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East Coast
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We spent a week in Houston and actually went to this garden and house tour attraction twice. Each time we took the 1 1/2 hour house tour, each time with a different docent and it was as if we were seeing a different house each time. The tours, done by volunteers, were excellent and we learned so much about the... More

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UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Loved the gardens - the azaleas and camellias were in bloom in all shades of pink and white. The house was inspiring - wonderful artwork and furniture. Well worth the visit.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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67 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We went to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens today. The house tour was amazing. We saw some incredible antiques and art works from early American times. Our docent was fantastic, a real sweetheart with tons of information and a desire to show us everything we wanted to see and answer all of our questions. Unlike many historic houses, they allow... More

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