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“Riot of color” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Ranked #21 of 281 things to do in Houston
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Owner description: 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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“Riot of color”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Springtime is a perfect for a visit . The weather is right and beautiful blooms make it a fun trip. Dont forget your camera

Visited April 2012
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“Gorgeous and great care.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

This is a holy shrine to those who care for and maintain the place. They consider it their version of the Vatican it is cared for with such reverence. It's a mansion belonging to a historic Texas personality whose father was a one time during the 1800's or early 1900's. Ima Hogg. Truly, Ima Hogg. Their arte watchful guards peppered all around the place, in the mansion and on the grounds. For a glimpse of true Texas elegance this venue in Houston, Texas is certainly worth your time. There are often special events occurring there such as special concerts.

Visited October 2011
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taylor lake village, tx
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Get a lot of history while looking at some of the best antiques as in a museum. Great family programs.

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“Well worth visiting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

Here's a note from their website:
"Bayou Bend is a collection of American fine and decorative arts in the former home of noted philanthropist and Houstonian Ima Hogg located in River Oaks. The home is surrounded by large formal, organically maintained gardens."

It's absolutely lovely, and the manner in which the home is decorated (with different rooms done in different time periods from colonial through the late 1800s) is very interesting. I was fortunate enough to visit with someone who knew Miss Hogg, and learned that she was a major force in creating the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Without her efforts, I believe that Houston would likely be another Gulf Coast city.

The gardens are extensive and pretty, and great for little ones to run around and enjoy. If you should have the opportunity to enjoy a docent-led tour, it's very informative.

Visited February 2012
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Spring, Tx, USA
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“Ima Hogg's Home and Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Ima Hogg owned and cultivated this home and its gardens then donated it to the Houston MFA and they allow the public to visit. Lets get this straight, Ima Hogg's brothers were WIlliam and Michael. There was no Ura Hegg or Heeza Hogg, so just stop it!
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is a wonderful place to spend a beautiful Houston afternoon seeing how the other half used to live. Tour the home and the grounds and marvel at the care it took to create this oasis in the city.

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