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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, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the collection and gardens while our family was in town. The attraction is nestled between memorial park and Allen parkway. The house has been preserved beautifully. It took us around 30 minutes to tour the house which is open to the public on the 1st floor. Our visit to the house could have been enhanced by more details... More 

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Houston, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit! Lovely gardens and interiors that will catch your imagination and bring history to life. What a fantastic collection of American Decorative Arts. Very interesting tours available.There is a great visitor center too. Does require walking. Closed on Mondays.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

We were here as part of a road trip from Austin to New Orleans. It's a beautiful garden and well worth a visit. We didn't see the house and got tickets only for the garden ($5). The garden would obviously be at its best at spring time. But we still enjoyed walking around the place. There were two picnic benches... More 

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

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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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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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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12 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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