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Rienzi Mansion

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Neighbourhood: 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 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 February 2016
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 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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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Hard to visit. Garden is free and open but inside is by docent tour only. You have to call and schedule a tour. It's not expensive but I would find it overrated. It's a nice mansion in an exquisite area of Houston. The house itself has nothing special from the architectural point of view. And the docent was trying to... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Donated by the Masterson family, Rienze is one of the most beautiful homes in Houston. The gardens are quite beautiful and unique. If you love architecture and beautiful gardens then this should be on your list of places to visit.

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Thank CriticalChris
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

A thing of Beauty to Behold! Harris and Carol Masterson, patrons to The Arts, and members of one of the oldest family in Houston, loved traveling and collecting exquisite things. To tour this beautiful home and the gardens, is somehow like seeing one of the smaller museums in Europe.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The museum site touted the free photography in the surrounding garden day as a setting for a stroll. It is a very small area, due to the numerous signs blocking the paths and what looked to be interestig walks down to a creek area. The way it is set up tho is simply a short loop around the home/ museum... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

If you like fine china and period furniture you will love the exquisite pieces. If not so much, it is still worth a visit if you can go while they have an intimate concert or a museum cocktail party. The grounds are lovely.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

This is a fabulous place to visit, with an excellent collection of ceramics. These are plentiful and of the highest quality, I was extremely impressed. Do not miss the Gainsborough landscape, the Murillo in the Mexican room and the amazing grand ballroom. What a delight! Absolutely recommended. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because it is only... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is a lovely home and the art collection is extensive. Our tour guide was very pleasant and informative. The grounds are also enjoyable to spend time in and explore.

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