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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

The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection...

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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A beautiful jewel we are so lucky to have

Donated by the Masterson family, Rienze is one of the most beautiful homes in Houston. The gardens are quite beautiful and unique. If you love architecture and beautiful gardens... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Galveston, Texas

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Galveston, Texas
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Donated by the Masterson family, Rienze is one of the most beautiful homes in Houston. The gardens are quite beautiful and unique. If you love architecture and beautiful gardens then this should be on your list of places to visit.

Thank CriticalChris
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A thing of Beauty to Behold! Harris and Carol Masterson, patrons to The Arts, and members of one of the oldest family in Houston, loved traveling and collecting exquisite things. To tour this beautiful home and the gardens, is somehow like seeing one of the smaller museums in Europe.

Thank 56003David_S
Los Angeles, California
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353 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum site touted the free photography in the surrounding garden day as a setting for a stroll. It is a very small area, due to the numerous signs blocking the paths and what looked to be interestig walks down to a creek area. The way it is set up tho is simply a short loop around the home/ museum... More 

Thank Wdee2013
Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you like fine china and period furniture you will love the exquisite pieces. If not so much, it is still worth a visit if you can go while they have an intimate concert or a museum cocktail party. The grounds are lovely.

Thank houbusygirl
Houston, Texas
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60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is a fabulous place to visit, with an excellent collection of ceramics. These are plentiful and of the highest quality, I was extremely impressed. Do not miss the Gainsborough landscape, the Murillo in the Mexican room and the amazing grand ballroom. What a delight! Absolutely recommended. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because it is only... More 

Thank Charlottecb
Sugar Land, Texas
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a lovely home and the art collection is extensive. Our tour guide was very pleasant and informative. The grounds are also enjoyable to spend time in and explore.

1 Thank Aoihbeal
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101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is such a gem to have in Houston, I never new it was here. Had a tour inside it was beautiful, there was only four of us on the tour which was so nice because we got to ask a lot of questions. The Masterson's created a wonderful collection of European furnishings and paintings. I liked all of the... More 

Thank Travlerlee
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191 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Unfortunately, we didn't actually get to go inside because some of our other plans fell through and we decided to come here and the last minute... And didn't look to see what days it was open! As we walked up to the front door and woman opened it and kindly informed us that the house wasn't open today but took... More 

Thank Rachel N
Houston, Texas
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291 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We did not go in the museum for the tour but we did get to walk the grounds which were beautiful tranquil peaceful and amazing would definitely go back.

Thank survivor5804
Houston, Texas
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83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We called several times to make reservations for a docent led tour and no one ever answered the phone on the site. We even left messages. So we decided to show up on a Saturday late in the day and we were escorted immediately to a tour and it was a lovely, affordable, charming tour that I very much recommend!... More 

Thank lovetotravel2012_13

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