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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

1 Westcott St, Houston, TX 77007-7009
+1 713-639-7750
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Absolutely Fabulous Mansion and Gardens

Ima Hogg gave her huge, fabulous mansion filled with over 2,500 rare and historic Colonial American... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Linda C
Moorpark, California
nice place

The gardens are nice but really enjoyed the inside collections. Lots of stuff inside and the tour... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2017
Guthrie, Oklahoma
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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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1 Westcott St, Houston, TX 77007-7009
Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
+1 713-639-7750
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ima Hogg gave her huge, fabulous mansion filled with over 2,500 rare and historic Colonial American artifacts to Texas in 1957. The mansion is surrounded by beautiful trees and southern garden plantings. All is carefully and lovingly maintained by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston....More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed August 8, 2017

The gardens are nice but really enjoyed the inside collections. Lots of stuff inside and the tour guide was very good.

Thank verdun2
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We reserved a 90 minute guided tour of the house. We were met by a lovely docent, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and the Hoggs family. Each room was decorated in the time period, with beautiful furniture. We were very...More

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed July 5, 2017

The house at Bayou Bend in Houston includes an unbelievably vast collection of art, furniture, china and other miscellaneous artifacts, all beautiful. The tour of the many rooms in the house is interesting, informative and was very well done. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly,...More

Thank kzsull01
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We toured both the house and the gardens and both were lovely. I wish we had come in the spring because there were tons of azaleas that had already bloomed, but it was still nice, if a little hot. Inside the house we had a...More

Thank LuziAnne68
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Bayou Bend, the home and gardens of philanthropist Ima Hogg, is a lovely mini-outing in Houston. The gardens are very lush, tranquil, and walkable. The house is filled with early American antiques. The gift shop is also nicely done. It is relaxing, half-day trip and...More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed May 27, 2017

A nice quick guided tour is available. The house furnishings are very nice -- mostly antique American made items. The gardens were quite beautiful. This is not on the scale of the massive Guilded Age homes of e.g., Newport Beach, Rhode Island, but I enjoyed...More

Thank poirot8345
Reviewed May 12, 2017

Great collection of historical furniture and art, a must see place with awesome gardens and short walk trails.

Thank Omar A
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour of the house and gardens. My husband doesn't usually like tours but this had so many charming details that we all had a good time.

Thank lovestotravel376
Reviewed May 5, 2017

Very interesting museum. It covers furniture and artwork from different eras of US history. We opted for the longer tour and it was worth the slightly higher cost. The gardens were very nice.

1  Thank johnhilton2017
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Sarah W
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
Like most museums, you can use their facilities for a fee. If you go to the web site, there is contact information where you can get pricing for such photography sessions. This is not a public park where you can show up and... More
December 16, 2016|
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Response from MFAH | Property representative |
Hello a_dragonfly, Most areas at Bayou Bend are accessible for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility, but we encourage calling ahead (713.639.7750) to inform the staff about any issues so arrangements can be planned... More