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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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Neighborhood: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Address: 1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7750
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Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American...

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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Beautiful surprise

This was my first trip Houston and I enjoy gardens and interiors so this former residence of Ima Hogg was a great choice. Although the gardens are not in bloom in January you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
mjm723
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first trip Houston and I enjoy gardens and interiors so this former residence of Ima Hogg was a great choice. Although the gardens are not in bloom in January you could still get a sense of the property and the garden design. The house was very interesting with each room set in a different period of American... More 

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Franklin Square, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed this, we took a tour of the house, each room is different and traces the evolution in American style. The house belonged to philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg, family made their money in oil. You are free to roam the grounds on your own and they are very beautiful and very well maintained.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away off Memorial Drive, in the Memorial Park area, Bayou Bend is just a lovely old mansion along Buffalo Bayou. It was given to the people of Houston by Miss Ima Hogg, who originally owned the home. The house, furnished in period furniture, is open at specific times for docent-lead tours. It's quite interesting. Other times, the house and... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't wait to visit the garden in spring, but still nice to walk around in the winter. The house and collection were great, but choose the printed material if you are on a self tour- it was distracting to try to use your cell phone, and you still have to reference a paper for the appropriate numbers- and if you... More 

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Sidney, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I greatly enjoyed my visit to Bayou Bend over the winter holidays. The house and garden were decked out for the season which added charm to the views even during the day; the lights would have been fun to see in the evening. The holiday displays were apparently new for this year. After enjoying introductory videos about the collection and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went for the fist time last spring. Azaleas were blooming so the gardens looked spectacular! We took a relaxing and long walk throughout the property. Definitely recommend

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I went for the 4th of July event that was being hosted at the "big house" - there was even free cake, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and individuals in period clothing that made the experience excellent. The property was stunning, as well as the gardens. I definitely recommend going! The only down side is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice mansion, well kept and displayed, located in one of the most beautiful residential area of Houston. The gardens are beautiful and exquisitely manicured, even in winter. The house itself is elegant and well preserved. The only minus was they kept closed two nice rooms to redecorate after Christmas. Is this not supposed to happen outside the visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there after Christmas, but they still had Christmas displays. They had interactive light and sound effect in every room, to make it interesting. We enjoyed our visit with our 9-year-old son. Had wonderful time.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Although they provide a nice setting for pictures with Santa, I would not recommend this for children. This was a very strange tour. I guess they were trying for something edgy museum style, but it was just strange. The lights are ok, but they are just as nice outside the gates of the museum. This was a HUGE disappointment. Maybe... More 

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