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Rienzi Mansion

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Neighborhood: Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Address: 1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7800
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Rienzi, an offshoot of the Museum of Fine Arts, houses a collection of...

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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A Masterpiece!

Stop at the visitor's center to watch the orientation video. Then walk through the gardens surrounding the house either before, or after, the house tour. Our house tour docent was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
thenomadtravelet
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Make sure to book for the Rienzi Mansion in advance: groups are small and there are only a certain number of tours every day. The docent we got was a funny lady who could have been better informed about the art she was describing. Also know that it is far from being a 'mansion': big house with beautiful garden in... More 

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Stop at the visitor's center to watch the orientation video. Then walk through the gardens surrounding the house either before, or after, the house tour. Our house tour docent was very thorough and knowledgeable. The collection of art and furniture is very impressive.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

I did enjoy my tour. I don't know a lot about Texas history since I'm originally from Louisiana so these tours allow me to study up. There are a few nice pieces of art in this particular tour.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This home belonged to the Mastersons and still has many of their personal effects, including family photos. The art ranges from okay to excellent, but there aren't a lot of major pieces. Can only be visited via a docent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and her presentation was, for the most part, interesting.

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Petersburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Wonderful docent led tour of this house museum. Led into 1950s sitting area and told only place in house could sit or touch anything. Photography is allowed without flash. I was on first tour of the day which happened to be just me and the docent Pat. The owners,the Mastersons, collected a lot of porcelain. The house is part of... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

A house museum in a residential neighborhood. Peaceful garden that you can wander. Beautiful house built in the style of 18th century English mansion. Only timed docent-led tour is offered. The tour is very includes the history of the house and stories about the art works in the house. A small room with changing exhibit is available for perusal before... More 

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Thank 48Traveling
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This is a great place to go a couple times a year or more. They also have events there (check their website). A great tour and beautiful grounds right in the heart of Houston.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Rienzi was a real home, though not one like you and I probably live in. The magnificent European antiques give a glimpse of another period in time as well as a look at how you might live if money were no object. Paintings, silver, an amazing collection of English china, decorative items beautiful beyond imagination!

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

This tour lasts about an hour after check-in. We had an excellent guide. She was knowledgable and interesting. She stayed in each room as long as the group was interested or had questions. This mansion is a statement when it comes to extravagant paint finishes, floor treatments, china, porcelain, and sculptures. The grounds are worth it on a good day... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I went with Groupon, and it was a fascinating tour. Very neat place in the River Oaks area. Check it out before you get married; they do events.

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