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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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My friend Mary Wilson treated me to the Christmas Tour last December. It was magical. There was a group singing outside, tasty treats, and the tour was so memorable. The guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My friend Mary Wilson treated me to the Christmas Tour last December. It was magical. There was a group singing outside, tasty treats, and the tour was so memorable. The guide brought up so many historical & fascinating facts about Christmas "in the day". Everything was beautifully decorated. I especially enjoyed the children's area with toys strewn about the room!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The best time to come is in the early spring when the azaleas are in bloom. It is truly a magical place and the flowers are spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is such a sophisticated place for an afternoon date or for a family day outdoors. It is decked out differently for every season, and is worth a stop during the month of December for some Christmas cheer and in April for an azalea extravaganza.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I went to Bayou Bend with my mom and aunt a few years ago. It's a large old house with antiques. A few stories of where a chair was purchased etc. A little history of Houston. The gardens are lovely. The best part was imagining living a life in that house with the name of Ima Hogg .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is often overlooked when it comes to Houston museums because of location but it should be on your list of places to visit. The grounds are nice to wonder through. It's a great place for a family photo (no pro photogs allowed though.) The house itself is pretty and the furnishings inside are extraordinary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a beautiful house with even more beautiful gardens surrounding it on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Miss Ima Hogg and her brothers developed the very ritzy River Oaks area, and this house sits on acres of formal and informal gardens. See it in the spring (March, April) when the azaleas are in bloom. The house & gardens are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Beautiful oasis of large garden lovingly maintained by volunteers of the river oaks garden club with a variety of theme gardens a destination for weddings or a lovely stroll or photography.The john staub house with lovingly collected furniture by miss ima Hogg can be viewed by appointment. Suspension bridge entry over the bayou is enchanting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Fantastic place to spend a few hours and take some photos , tripods are not permitted., not sure about mono pods. The sculptures and water features are very assessable and very good examples

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Bayou Bend is a treasure in many ways, but my favorite is that each room entered represented a different period in history. Each room told a story and included art and design for the period it represented. Definitely well worth the visit including the gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great place to visit in Spring. Also gas theme events around the Holidays especially geared to children.

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