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Rienzi Mansion

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Great little paradise

I go here with my girlfriend sometimes to get out of the claustrophobic city feel. The art statues... read more

Reviewed May 19, 2018
Dallas, Texas
Beautiful home

Enjoyed the tour of the home, but the gardens are very small and parts remain off limits due to... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2018
Houston, Texas
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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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1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
+1 713-639-7800
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

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!

1  Thank oimbinjamin
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Enjoyed the tour of the home, but the gardens are very small and parts remain off limits due to damage from the flood. Would recommend for older children, or teenagers, as it is a guided tour, so moving at your on pace is not allowed,...More

3  Thank tleeEvans
Reviewed April 24, 2018

This once private Home just off Kirby in River Oaks is a unique museum experience in Houston. Seeing some of the incredible items collected by the Mastersons in their travels and learning about their enjoyment of their collections and their lifestyle was fascinating. I went...More

2  Thank Carol D
Reviewed March 31, 2018

Beautiful museum/mansion in a very dramatic setting backing up to the Buffalo Bayou in Rive Oaks. Full of beautiful treasures.

1  Thank kristipost
Reviewed January 23, 2018

The house is relatively modern but filled with antiques. The tour is good and there are some interesting pieces. I enjoyed it but understand the comments I have read - will appeal to some but not all. It's free so you have nothing to lose.

3  Thank Mikey88
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

We were basically unimpressed with this museum. We didn't find the house itself interesting architecturally, nor were the grounds impressive to us. While there were a few items that were attractive or interesting, mostly the whole thing left us totally underwhelmed. Since the couple who...More

1  Thank catrina37
Reviewed December 24, 2017

We took the home tour and was in awe with how beautiful the inside of this home is! The family had impeccable taste for antiques and for the way they entertained guests. For the tour you are required to leave your purse in a locker....More

1  Thank pnkgirl27
Reviewed August 24, 2017

A beautiful mansion built in 1952 in the exclusive River Oaks area on a lovely huge property is filled with 17-19th century European paintings and gorgeous decorative arts. On display are paintings by such greats as Reni, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Romney, etc. Lots of wonderful...More

1  Thank Linda C
Reviewed June 18, 2017

The Rienzi does not have a home (or gardens) as large as Bayou Bend but it is definitely worth visiting. Unlike Bayou Bend, however, this home turned museum still has the furniture and art that was enjoyed by its residents while they lived in the...More

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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a special place! If you like intimate, relaxed, personal museum experiences, the Rienzi is for you. We arrived early and walked the grounds, those open in the winter. We were early for the tour so we were directed to an exhibit about the...More

3  Thank ReddogTechmom
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