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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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Description: 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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A Great Lesson in Early American History and Art

A few days ago,I visited this small,but splendid house art museum.Guided tours at this art museum are mandatory on weekdays and I recommend making a reservation.At this home,I saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Coconut Creek, Florida
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Coconut Creek, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A few days ago,I visited this small,but splendid house art museum.Guided tours at this art museum are mandatory on weekdays and I recommend making a reservation.At this home,I saw fine portraits by the giants of Early American Art such as;Robert Feke,John Smibert,Gilbert Stuart,John Copley,and Charles Wilson Peale.I saw how upper income people lived in Colonial times and the early days... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Our children and I visit at least once per year. Our favourite time is in the early Spring when the azaleas are out. They ask for the scavenger hunt maps at the visitor center and this helps to keep them engaged and to move us through the gardens. We do visit inside as well, but the gardens are our highlight.... More 

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Kingwood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A feast for your eyes. Vegetation, gardens, home and furnishings are a delight to view. A nice way to spend a morning or afternoon on a beautiful day.

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Needville, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Pros The gardens are pretty during the correct time of the year This is a slice of Texas Heritage The items in the house date from 1620 to the present day An opportunity to do a little birding within the city limits Close to restaurants and hotels There is a nice fountain Cons You must purchase tickets in a separate... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There are many activities they offer here, unfortunately, we were not able to attend when they were available. Our visit occurred the day after the Christmas exhibit was closed, we were given admittance, but not allowed to see the downstairs rooms. The staff were zealous in this. We felt a bit deflated. You may have better luck than we, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I have seen museums from countries around the world, but I found this museum to be one of the most compelling and fascinating out there. The grounds and sculptures are gorgeous and the house is massive with a fantastic array of furniture, art, china, and pottery from different American time periods. I highly recommend this attraction.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This was a fascinating museum because each room had been turned into an example of American craftsmanship thru the use of furniture, portraits, china, pottery, textiles, etc. Each room depicted a different era of "made in America" excellence. A docent took us thru the house. She was fantastic!; very knowledgeable about the history of the house, its contents, Miss Hogg... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

a charming1920s home turned museum by a very well known houston philanthropist, ms ima hogg, bayou bend is for the serious antique admirer. from 1630-1870, the objects housed here deserve more than a glance. leave the children to the often planned children's activities or days enjoyed on the grounds.

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Reidsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Bayou Bend is the home of and displays a small fraction of the collection of the late Miss Ima Hogg. Miss Hogg's furnishings, art, and gardens are not to be missed. Many of Miss Hogg's collection is also displayed in the Houston Fine Arts Museum

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visited during spring break & was very pleasantly surprised. Lots of parking, activities & really holds your interest. While the gardens are beautiful & dreamy the best part is the house. Lovely to walk through & really nice that there is a guide in each room to give you a little history & perspective. Did not disappoint & I was... More 

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