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Rienzi Mansion

1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019 (Afton Oaks/ River Oaks)
+1 713-639-7800
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As featured in 3 days in Houston
Ranked #47 of 165 attractions in Houston
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Houston, TX
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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14 attraction reviews
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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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27 attraction reviews
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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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36 attraction reviews
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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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Portland, Maine
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238 attraction reviews
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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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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I have been going to Rienzi all of my life. I first went there when it was still the Masterson's home. Rienzi is one of our great treasures and one that we as Houstonians and Texans are proud to show to visitors from near and far. Please do yourself a favor and take a tour. If you can do it... More

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

this is the best house museum I have ever been to. The artwork and the porcelain collection are fantastic and when there are not many people there, you can a private tour with the docent (which are all excellent guides.)

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Leawood, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Now, I enjoy museums, history and art as much, if not much more than the average person, but this stop in Houston didn't do much for me. Perhaps if I was a porcelain collector (?). The tour was limited to a handful of rooms which was a bit of a disappointment. Furthermore, I find it odd that pieces are voted... More

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