Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
4.5
Historic SitesGardensArt Museums
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.
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  • Cheerio7777
    Houston, Texas220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous collection of American furniture, China, Silver, pottery art and more
    Gorgeous grounds. Loved crossing the bridge across the Bayou and the view. Friendly staff. Lots of history and antiques. Beautiful, pottery, silver, china, artwork. Each room in the home is a snapshot of a different period in time. A great collection of American furniture, paitings and so much more.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 3, 2024
  • volcanogirl
    Houston, Texas16,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Oasis in the Middle of the City
    We love visiting the gardens at Bayou Bend. We usually do the tour as part of the Azalea Trail, but it can get crowded, so this year we came a couple of weeks later and practically had this beautiful place to ourselves. We bought our tickets for $7.50 each at the building on Memorial Drive and then drove down the driveway to the gardens. You enter the property by crossing a large swinging bridge over the muddy bayou. Parking is free. March is the perfect time to visit; everything was a gorgeous shade of green, and the azaleas in many different colors were in bloom. I love how there are classically designed symmetrical gardens, as well as more natural pathways covered by trees. There's a very pretty landscaped area that has azaleas in the shape of a butterfly, a beautiful huge green lawn with cascading steps, small ravines, pretty fountains, Greek statues - it seems that around every corner there's another delightful surprise. This place is really a hidden oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Houston. We've toured the Hogg mansion previously so didn't do that on this visit, but if you've never been before it's worth seeing and full of traditional American art and antique furniture. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy nature and want a beautiful little escape from the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • maggiet0813
    Katy, Texas3,136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history tour
    Beautiful gardens. The house is magnificent with all the different collections. There are 2 types of tours: 60 minutes or 90 minutes. We took the 60 minutes and paid (seniors) $11. You can take your phone on the tour but not your purses. They have lockers available.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 10, 2024
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MariaaB
Spring, TX26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
It was an exciting discovery, a Houston jewel. We learnt why furniture was such a statement for American Colonist: it was the only thing they were allowed to manufacture! Lisa was a joy to be with, my husband and I learnt from her insightful stories for 90 minutes, and we wanted to hear more. Lisa brought Ms Ima Hogg’s challenges and opportunities to life, an American descendant of Scottish immigrants, who used her wealth to preserve the distinctive mark of immigrants to the US. We saw how effective propaganda attracted German immigrants to Texas. The house, the furniture, the gardens are all beautiful and interesting. The stories that Lisa told us were such a bonus. She is a brilliant docent and a lively and well versed person.
Written February 19, 2022
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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA5,198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Our friends brought us to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens when we visited Houston recently. It was everyone's first time (including our friends).

We explored both the garden grounds and the mansion. There was no tour guide, but we downloaded the audio guide to inform and educate us about every room in the house. Highly recommend that you do the same if you are interested in history.

The gardens were not blooming during our visit, but we still had a very good time. We all thought that it was worth the price of admission to visit Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.
Written June 8, 2021
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,425 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had two days to visit Houston and purchased tickets in advance for every museum and house we wanted to see except for Bayou Bend, which does not have advance purchase available. The website specifically states no reservations are needed, so we carefully planned our schedule around that assumption. But beware: if there is a school tour, as there was when we arrived, you won’t be able to tour the home and art. We arrived at 10 and were told we couldn’t visit until after 12 o’clock. We already had tickets for two other museums in the afternoon. The gentleman at the desk allowed us to walk down, and called to the docents ahead, but the eight or so docents were thoroughly confused when we showed up five minutes later. I felt very unwelcome and totally in the way. The “audio” tour didn’t work, so we gave up on that. We tried to stay ahead of the kids, but the school groups were split up into about 7-8 groups and they were in every room. I’m not complaining about the school groups; I applaud school kids taking an interest in seeing historic homes and art. But other visitors shouldn’t be shunted aside either. Not everyone has unlimited time when visiting the city.
Written March 25, 2024
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Torlus
Port Talbot, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Pleasant way to sepnd a few hours.
Buy your ticket at the top and then walk or drive down to the Bayou. Cross the very bouncy, swinging wooden bridge for the house and Gardens.
You get to see most of the house (no kitchen or bathrooms) and in comparison to similar houses in Europe you get to really go into each room, not just stand in the door. Nice gardens, green but not much flowers yet (Apr). Still really nice.
Peaceful and quiet.
Written April 16, 2022
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX16,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We love visiting the gardens at Bayou Bend. We usually do the tour as part of the Azalea Trail, but it can get crowded, so this year we came a couple of weeks later and practically had this beautiful place to ourselves. We bought our tickets for $7.50 each at the building on Memorial Drive and then drove down the driveway to the gardens. You enter the property by crossing a large swinging bridge over the muddy bayou. Parking is free. March is the perfect time to visit; everything was a gorgeous shade of green, and the azaleas in many different colors were in bloom. I love how there are classically designed symmetrical gardens, as well as more natural pathways covered by trees. There's a very pretty landscaped area that has azaleas in the shape of a butterfly, a beautiful huge green lawn with cascading steps, small ravines, pretty fountains, Greek statues - it seems that around every corner there's another delightful surprise. This place is really a hidden oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Houston. We've toured the Hogg mansion previously so didn't do that on this visit, but if you've never been before it's worth seeing and full of traditional American art and antique furniture. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy nature and want a beautiful little escape from the city.
Written April 11, 2024
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited here during our recent trip exploring the Houston, TX, area. First we stopped at their Visitor’s Center the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to view the 3 short orientation videos and tour the small gallery at that location (all interesting). Upon moving our car down closer to the house, we learned that the guided tours were being suspended that day so staff could do holiday decorating. Fortunately, we were able to return a few days later, when we enjoyed a one-hour tour (nicely led by Julie) of about a dozen rooms in this former residence of Ms. Ima Hogg. As fans of grand houses and historic furnishings, we really enjoyed the displays of American furniture and decorative arts collections here. I am so glad that Ms. Hogg left this legacy for us to enjoy! She certainly applied exquisite taste and expertise in her room designs.

The gardens were not in bloom during our visit, but the grounds certainly are inviting. We also just missed catching their Christmas Village event (wish they started that a little earlier in December), but our visit was still enjoyable.

From here we drove a short distance to tour Rienzi (reviewed separately), a perfect complement to this site.
Written January 12, 2020
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Jon W
Nederland, TX51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
I’m sure the freeze a couple of months ago is mostly to blame but shocked & disappointed to find ZERO blooms. Admission fee should be reduced until blooming resumes. Impressive grounds & home. Masks requirement in outside a bit much & hot! Suggest visitors delay coming until 2022.
Written April 13, 2021
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Nancy A
289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
There's really not much I can add to the previous reviews, Bayou Bend is just amazing. The collection includes masterpieces of American furniture, paintings, silver, and ceramics and Texas decorative arts. The gardens feature native woodland paths, ravines, water features and southern plantings. I would consider it a must do in Houston.
Written April 10, 2022
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Kelsey O
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
The guided house tour by Lisa was great, got to visit multiple rooms and see antique furnishings and artwork. The rooms were set up as they had been used by Ima Hogg over the years. Learned some new things that I hadn’t seen in other home tours.

Gardens were nice, the azaleas weren’t blooming as they bloomed earlier in the year but can imagine how beautiful they would be. It made for a nice stroll viewing some of the statues and fountains.
Written May 30, 2022
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Cheerio7777
Houston, TX220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Gorgeous grounds. Loved crossing the bridge across the Bayou and the view. Friendly staff. Lots of history and antiques. Beautiful, pottery, silver, china, artwork. Each room in the home is a snapshot of a different period in time. A great collection of American furniture, paitings and so much more.
Written March 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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