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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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Enjoyed our tour!

My husband and I enjoyed the tour of this house with fine art, furniture and porcelain collections. We were the only ones there for the 10 am tour on a Friday so we had a private... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Beaumont, Texas
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Beaumont, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the tour of this house with fine art, furniture and porcelain collections. We were the only ones there for the 10 am tour on a Friday so we had a private tour. The house and grounds are very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Highly recommend!

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

I didn't have a reservation for a house tour but did walk around the front of the grounds. They are well kept with some sculptures nestled amongst the paths. Great photo opportunity.

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Surf Side, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Masterfamily left a wonderful treasure to Houstonians--- Try the monthly book reviews by the MFA book club. Very lively, nice diverse group of people.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We really really wanted to see this house and I called many times for a reservation but could not get anyone on the phone. So we took a chance and drove there for the last tour, and thankfully there was availability. We had a great time with the other guests and the docent was AMAZING. It was a beautiful place... 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 the former home of Harris Masterson and his family in the exclusive River Oaks section of Houston.I appreciated the fine tour of this home's Old Master paintings,Worcester porcelain,and furniture given by guide,Laura Dobbins.At this house museum,I saw fine Old Master European paintings by Bartolome Murillo,Michele Parasio,Guido Reni,Michele Marieschi("View of Piazza from Mola,Venice"),Angelica Kaufmann("Kidnapping of Ariadne"),Joseph... More 

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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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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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