Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,278 contributions
Mar 2022
Touring a private home of a player as significant as Ima Hogg (1882-1975)* is an opportunity not to be missed. She was a famous antique collector, a Houston civic leader and philanthropist. Her (and, the emphasis is on HER, because she competed with the biggest of the big collectors and museums all over the world and won more high profile auctions than she lost!) sense of taste, genuine love of the works, and ability to research pieces of merit made her a legend in the antique world. She was also a relentless and tough negotiator when buying pieces directly for individuals and collectors. The American collection is undoubtedly one of the best you will ever see--many major museums would love to have her pieces. The condition of the collection is pristine! From what I have heard from people who knew her, she would NEVER buy junk or "fixer uppers." To her, original condition was EVERYTHING.

We really like the furniture, but the curators have on display her silver and ceramics, which are stunning.

Houston has a lot of fine museums, but is you are limited on time, put this one high on your list! You will be glad you did.

*NOTE: Her father was the governor of the state of Texas and independently wealthy (very, by all accounts). He thought giving his girls strange names was funny! Ima inherited a significant amount of money and used it to build her incredible collection, the house and the gardens.
Written March 2, 2022
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aspiringtraveler2013
United States187 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Tickets are purchased at the visitor center located on Memorial Road. Then you can walk (about a quarter mile) or drive to the pedestrian bridge over the bayou leading to the grounds. After being admitted at the bridge, finding the entrance to the museum on the large grounds was a little difficult despite signs; it would be helpful if a volunteer or employee were posted to help guide people. If you like grand old homes, this is enjoyable. The facade is impressive. I'm not interested in colonial art and furnishings, so it likely won't be a repeat performance for me. Some rooms are roped off, leaving a tiny area at the door from which to view them. This made it crowded and uncomfortable. I enjoyed the beautiful dining room with chinois wallpaper, where President Bush hosted PM Thatcher and other diplomats on one occasion. I wish the museum had interpretive signs to read since I don't like recorded audio tours. Perhaps if I had more history or context, I would have enjoyed it more. I'm not sure if it was because of COVID or the layout of the home, but after visiting the second floor, we had to exit the home and walk to the other entrance to see the first floor. There is a small gift shop. No refreshments on the entire property except for room-temperature water bottles available at the gift shop. The lush, forested grounds made it feel like an oasis in the city. I do not recommend this attraction for young children.
Written May 2, 2021
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MariaaB
London, UK16 contributions
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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Torlus
Port Talbot, UK418 contributions
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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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA4,052 contributions
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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Kelsey O
4 contributions
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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Nancy A
95 contributions
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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Steve C
Rio Rancho, NM221 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
My friend and I decided to explore this place. For about $13, we were given access for a self guided tour of the house and gardens. There is a lot to explore and you need maybe 3 hours to explore the majority of it if you walk at a decent pace. On the third Sunday of every month, it's free admission. Enjoy!
Written February 23, 2020
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Jon W
Nederland, TX46 contributions
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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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
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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