Rienzi Mansion

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Rienzi Mansion
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of European decorative arts. Stroll the formal and Texas woodland garden. The mansion is in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood.
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2-3 hours
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Magan Y
Houston, TX105 contributions
Solo
The Rienzi is a beautiful home (circa 1950’s?), very much in style with other elegant homes of that era. While the home is elegant, it also feels quite comfortable, livable. Be sure to tour the grounds outside in addition to the inside of the home. The museum personnel are very helpful. Allow 45 minutes. Not recommended for children. Audio is available via cell phone.
Written October 15, 2021
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aspiringtraveler2013
United States198 contributions
Friends
Beautiful house and grounds. I'm giving five stars even though I'm not a fan of European decorative arts. I do wish they had more interpretive signs as I didn't want to do the audio tour. The grounds featured lush greenery and was peaceful but there weren't contiguous walking paths so part of the time we were on grass or road. Not a museum for young children. About 45 minutes to tour the inside.
Written May 2, 2021
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD594 contributions
Pretty house and grounds that opens up once you get inside. Done in an over the top style, this very much reflects the taste and preferences of the family who lived there and assembled the collection. It's all done for a purpose, though if once had the money, one might have chosen a different style. Still, very interesting and the recorded tour is probably a better solution than docents (those there were little more than guards and completely uninterested in the visitors). You are able to wander freely and get quite close to numerous objects for photos, though the largest space is mostly cordoned off (but with good sightlines). ticket process during covid is confusing; you must use an app and in theory purchase in advance - though not actually busy and they will probably let you in on an immediate purchase.
Written June 20, 2020
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prh_intl
Houston, TX25 contributions
Rienzi is a beautiful Manse in Houston with an extensive collection of antiques from around the world collected by the owner over many years. Tours are available in several different languages. Well worth the trip
Written February 12, 2020
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
We visited here in early December following a tour of nearby Bayou Bend (reviewed separately); these two sites made a great pairing of American and European decorative arts. Rienzi Mansion’s rather plain exterior design belies the sumptuous interiors. The rooms are filled with beautiful items from Europe, some centuries old. We enjoyed a leisurely and interesting tour of just over one hour given by Lorrie.

The gardens were not in bloom during our visit, but the grounds are certainly lovely. So glad we caught this site, which warrants many more glowing visitor reviews at TripAdvisor IMO!
Written January 12, 2020
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
Solo
I enjoyed the tour of the mansion and viewing the various pieces on display. They have everything from paintings to furniture to "china" dishware. The gardens are also exquisite. It is only $10 for the tour with free parking on site.
Written July 10, 2019
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Shirley L
Houston, TX71 contributions
Family
This house museum belonged to a family that loved beautiful things....rugs, paintings, porcelain. It has some of the family's personal history, too. For instance, there are photos of several generations of the family wearing the same wedding dress!

There are also lovely gardens which you are free to roam....take the map though. They are large and you could get lost!
Written February 18, 2019
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Jeannie H
Dallas35 contributions
Friends
How fun to walk through this home and see the gorgeous furnishings everywhere! The staff were all very gracious. Highly recommended.
Written January 5, 2019
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Rob B
Catonsville, MD71 contributions
Couples
Modern interpretation of a neo-classical house that grew into a museum for a private collection. Interesting to me to see how these collections grow over time and the interest of the collectors displayed.
Written December 9, 2018
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oimbinjamin
Dallas, TX14 contributions
Couples
I go here with my girlfriend sometimes to get out of the claustrophobic city feel. The art statues and gardens are great for a peaceful vibe. We like to Instapark a spot nearby so we can explore all day!
Written May 19, 2018
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Rienzi Mansion is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM