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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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One of my favorite museums

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Needville, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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89 reviews 89 reviews
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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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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I've been about 3 times and always liked it. Best time to visit is during Spring. The house, the wooden bridge, the garden, the museum & library will amaze you like anything. i recommend to watch the 5 minutes documentary videos available in the library before going into the garden house. camera equipment, food from outside are not allowed.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Walking through the lush azaleas, tulips and Crepe Myrtle after a winter of snow piles up to my waist was well worth the $10 entrance fee. Pathways wind through gardens of daffodils, tulips and varieties of azaleas. Most plants and trees are marked for the curious. Ima Hogg's house is filled with collections of Colonial and early 1800’s furniture. For... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Several different types of gardens over a large estate. Would plan a guided tour of the home if at all possible.

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