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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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Beautiful gardens and home

Have been there several times, especially during Azalea season. Many Azalea's in beautiful blooms. Nice house as well. Part of Ima Hogg treasures. Highly recommend a tour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Have been there several times, especially during Azalea season. Many Azalea's in beautiful blooms. Nice house as well. Part of Ima Hogg treasures. Highly recommend a tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Bayou Bend is a tranquil, beautiful place. I would recommend it more to adults than children. The collection is inspiring and the grounds are lush. Great place for art and history buffs.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Miss Ima Hogg bestowed a priceless gift to Houston. Her impeccable taste extended to architecture, furnishings, and landscape. Bayou Bend is, essentially, a MASTER CLASS in gracious living. After numerous visits over 5 decades, I still remain inspired and awed by her vision and philanthropy. She was a treasure.

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Houston, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you like European surroundings and feeling, Bayou is the place you should head out to. After visiting the nearly dead concrete downtown of Houston, this is a sigh of breathe and savior of the city.

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

I paid $5 to your the grounds and absolutely loved every minute of it! The best part was the sweet surprise of the pathway bridge. What a great to cross! The gardens are very well maintained and photographed beautifully.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We went on a Sunday to see the house, and barely had enough time before it closed. We purchased our tickets at the shop and drove down. We walked across the suspension bridge and went directly to the house. We left our bags in the car so that we did not have to lock them in the locker which is... More 

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

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

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

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
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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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