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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fall is not the best time to visit the gardens but we had the house tour to ourselves with two docents. Wonderful gift shop - spent too much! We plane to return in the spring to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fall is not the best time to visit the gardens but we had the house tour to ourselves with two docents. Wonderful gift shop - spent too much! We plane to return in the spring to tour the gardens.

Thank V. Karl B
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

PRO's: This jewel of a museum draws visitors from around the world but is not on many Houstonian's radar. This is the house museum of Houston philanthropist, Ima Hogg, who left her estate and collection of early American furniture and accessories to the city of Houston. Visiting the house museum is by small group daily tour and requires advance reservations.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today I spent the day being a tourist in my hometown exploring one of #Houston's many treasures - Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. I had a really great time exploring these beautiful gardens all by myself.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breathtaking and historic, be prepared to be transported....if you go during the holidays, you can enjoy some wassail and caroling, too!

Thank Sleopard41
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I LOVE these gardens with my camera during daylight. I have toured the home and volunteered to teach children bracelet making at Christmas time. Check the web for details for events which makes it more fun for the kids.

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New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens and grounds are beautiful, and offer places for quiet contemplation and escaping the heat. The interiors are kept in historically accurate conditions, which means there are lots of lamps, valuable decorative items and antiques. Best to keep little kids outside, in my opinion. As was common in 18th century houses, the rooms are tiny and the stairs are... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 August 22, 2016

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 August 16, 2016

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 August 12, 2016

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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