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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 Street, Houston, TX 77007
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+1 713-639-7750
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Beautiful gardens and interesting home

I toured this home at the annual Houston Garden Tour. It is beautiful. The grounds are spectacular. Standing on the front porch and looking out is breath taking. The shop to buy... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I toured this home at the annual Houston Garden Tour. It is beautiful. The grounds are spectacular. Standing on the front porch and looking out is breath taking. The shop to buy items is also very good. This is a great outing for families or couples.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were fortunate to have a personal tour of the home with rooms authentically decorated according to various periods and styles of early American history. We most enjoyed the time strolling the gardens, where the azaleas and camellias were just beginning their spring shows. Also lovely gift shop and free parking.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is nice to spend a few hours with family. Grounds are very clean. The staff are nice. Free parking.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were so excited to see an article about a whisky tasting in Houston and were thrilled to see it was at the Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens. I highly suggest going to one of their activities and arriving early to see the gardens themselves.

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the times I've been here I've NEVER seen the upper floor. This is because the hours of operation seem to be a mere suggestion here. They prize private events over public visitations so you may well show up and find yourself turned away at the door. Other times, they'll tell you that the upper floors are simply closed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bayou Bend is unexpected. A beautiful house with lovely gardens in the middle of Houston. In January, the gardens were not as beautiful as they would be in other times of the year but they had some azaleas and incredible magnolias trees in full bloom. The house is not very big and the visit is quite fast. You can read... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This venue is part of the museum of fine arts, but it's more unique to Houston than the main buildings (and has nice gardens). It's at its prettiest around March, when the azalea's bloom. Home tour is interesting (and especially nice when decorated for the holidays). A must-do for those interested in antiques; still very interesting for those who are... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Miss Hogg (she never liked the name Ima) collected American furniture, art pieces, and china from the late 1600s to the late 1800s. She and her brothers purchased 14 acres of land on the bend of Buffalo Bayou and had Bayou Bend built. Miss Hogg was the primary occupant due to the early deaths of her brothers. She lived there... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love gong here. Been going since i was a child and have taken my children here as well. It is especially beautiful in the Spring when the garden is at it's most lovely but the house and antiques always delight.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

What would you see in a person's home in America during the colonial period or the revolutionary period or during the industrial revolution or before and right after the civil war? Visit Bayou Bend to see the house and the decorative arts inside and also take the time to walk the grounds and see an oasis of green and color... More 

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