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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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Tue - Sat 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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Journey to the past

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Stop first at the visitor center to get an overview of the house and gardens. The cell phone tour for the house is informative. The gardens around the house are not marked...so make sure that you have the map of the gardens. The visit to this site requires a good deal of walking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful grounds. Plan to return when it is cooler! Docent said the house and grounds are beautiful at Christmas. They have two tours of the home, 60 and 90 minutes. We did the 90. It was $15. Money well spent! Lasted lasted closer to 2 hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Great time with beautiful garden with historical place. Really had great time with friends and amazed to see the things preserved there.

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Pinehurst, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I'm fortunate to have a friend who conducts tours here, so I got to have the tour and then go to lunch with the tour guide! Take a step back in time to historical luxury. You won't regret it.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

The house and garden are lovely. We did go on a free admission day but would have paid to go in. We had a relaxing stroll and learned a bit about the Hogg family.

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