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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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Great way to spend an hour!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Sugar Land, Texas

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Sugar Land, Texas
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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.

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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 

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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 

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Houston, Texas
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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.

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Houston, Texas
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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 

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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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Address: 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7800
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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