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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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Neighborhood: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Address: 1 Westcott St, Houston, TX 77007-7009
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7750
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Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for American...

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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Just a walk around the grounds.

Nice shady walk in the heat of August. We enjoyed the grounds and the beautiful magnolias. This is a grownup place for people seeking something less strenuous. Especially nice if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cheri E
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Enid, Oklahoma
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Victoria, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The collection was excellent and very well maintained. You could take a audio tour using your cell phone or you could take the tour with the printed materials provided. We went with the printed materials and had no problems. It took us just about 2 hours to make it through the whole house. It would probably take others a shorter... More 

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Enid, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice shady walk in the heat of August. We enjoyed the grounds and the beautiful magnolias. This is a grownup place for people seeking something less strenuous. Especially nice if you enjoy gardens. Not really for kids.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bayou Bend houses the collection of a Texaco heiress. Although the building was built as a private home, the building has been converted into a museum. Each room displays a well-edited collection of American era furniture beginning with colonial times and ending with the Victorian era. One can choose from an 'overview' or a 'study' tour - and the docents... More 

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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is part of the Museum of Fine Arts and an entirely different collection of art objects. Located in the heart of River Oaks, one of the nicest and wealthiest residential neighborhoods in Houston, the former residence of Ms. Ima Hogg if in the middle of a huge and well kept garden. A spectacular place during the Azalea Trial, it... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is in River Oaks near downtown Houston. The mansion was built by Ima Hogg and her brother in 1927. She was the daughter of the first Texas governor. In 1966 she turned the house into a museum, and each room is decorated in a different American Era, dating from the pilgrims thought the post Civil... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

As soon as you walk inside the house, you feel like if you have traveled to the past. Wonderful collection! I enjoyed paying attention to every detail on the furniture, the ornaments and everything. It was my first time going there, and I'll be going back soon!

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

If you are interesting in American decorative and fine art this the place to come. Nothing really exciting but a wonderful collection. The gardens are lovely and the entire visit only took a couple of hours. The benefactor bio as interesting and a big part of the museum.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

It was about $7-$7.50 to just see the gardens and I think around $12 for the gardens and the house. I would recommend to go when the weather is cooler because, well this is Houston. It reminded me of the Villa del Balbianello in Italy. It was gorgeous and well kept. I definitely want to go again especially in the... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful even when it is not in bloom. I would highly suggest visiting in March. The house is interesting and there are monthly events.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

It's a relatively small house and garden but I loved the way the rooms have been themed to illustrate living conditions during different periods. Colours are intense and furniture/objets d'art are fascinating, especially as there is no machine-made furniture - it's all hand-made. Even the original fabrics have a story to tell. The beauty of this house is that the... More 

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