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Rienzi Mansion

Neighborhood: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Address: 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7800
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of...
The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of European decorative arts. Stroll the formal and Texas woodland garden. The mansion is in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood.
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So much art in a mansion!

If you can't afford to buy a nice mansion in the River Oaks neighborhood, you can at least experience one by visiting this mansion museum that is decked out with European... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you can't afford to buy a nice mansion in the River Oaks neighborhood, you can at least experience one by visiting this mansion museum that is decked out with European artworks! Welcome to the Rienzi, a MFAH house museum that was a former mansion owned by the prominent Masterson family. Donated by the Mastersons, the Rienzi mansion now houses... More 

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Houston, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston houses their decorative arts collection in this lovely family home. Visits are by appointment as they keep the groups small and you can only view the collection with a docent leading the tour. That's good because you learn a lot more that way. They also host parties -- we attended one in the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had a pleasant time exploring the grounds and the house. They offer guided tours, which are entertaining and informative. The collection is not big but has a couple very good pieces. I would recommend this place for a visit to those who are in Houston for more than a couple of days. It is nice for a relaxing walk... More 

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I have had this place on my to do list for a long time. I am glad I went but a one time adventure for sure . The gardens are pretty but there was construct going on so messed with the peacefulness.

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The security guard that greeted us was very rude. The guide was very hard to understand because of foreign accent. Museum looked dirty. Floors were scratched and unpolished. Guide could not answer any questions about the family. We were rushed through tour and practically pushed out door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

2 adults, 1 teenager, 1 under 10. We toured the grounds first when we arrived on a Sunday and it was immaculate and beautiful. Some of the paths were closed off but we spent around 25 to 30 mins since we arrived during lunch hour. We took pictures and our youngest was interested with the paths. The tour of the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Incredible collection of fine porcelain, silver and other items circa 1700-1800's. Very interesting tour. The grounds are beautiful as well.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

I had two hours between meetings and was in the neighborhood and was thoroughly surprised. The Rienzi Museum is hidden between other large mansions on Kirby Drive, so I drove by it twice, before I located it. When you approach it, you feel like you are visiting the Masterson family's home, not a city museum. Luckily, I found there were... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

If you enjoy exploring mansions of the American elite like the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island or San Simeon in California, this is something comparable but on a more human scale. It's perhaps more similar to the Vizcaya Estate in Miami although the unbelievable gardens and ocean views at Vizcaya are in something of a different league. If you can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We toured the Rienzi Mansion as part of the year's Azalea Trail tour. Entry was $5/person. The mansion's grounds were well-tended. Its flowerbeds were in full bloom. Its statuary was peculiar — two devil's heads to one side of the drive, a pensive nude beside a reflecting pool out back. Tour hosts were cordial. Security was alert. Indoor photography was... More 

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