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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Address: 1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007 (Afton Oaks/ River Oaks)
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7750
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Ranked #7 of 133 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This place is great! When we almost got in, there wasn't any parking left but the front guy told us to park near the softball field. There was a shuttle that took us to the nature center. Also they had a tree planting demonstration there and lots of arts and crafts for children. we had a wonderful time there. The... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

As a Houstonian for many years, this is a place I go back to visit at least once a year. Its especially gorgeous in late March and early April when azaleas, bridal wreath and wisteria are blooming in the gardens. The gardens are lovely all year but especially at that time. The house can be toured and has many lovely... More 

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NJ
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We visited the gardens this past weekend and were impressed. I bet they are ten times better in spring/summer/fall. Didn't get into the house we only had a bit of time so can't comment. Was shocked at the bridge we had to cross I thought it was kind of fun but others may not.

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Jamaica, New York
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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Hogg Mansion was a lovely visit. There's a great collection of furniture and other household items from different periods of American history. There are tours by volunteer docents who are knowledgeable and friendly. A worthwhile visit.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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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18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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