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Rienzi Mansion

1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
+1 713-639-7800
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Very impressed!

A beautiful mansion built in 1952 in the exclusive River Oaks area on a lovely huge property is... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Linda C
Moorpark, California
A hidden gem in the middle of the city

The Rienzi does not have a home (or gardens) as large as Bayou Bend but it is definitely worth... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Humble, 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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good38%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
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Reviewed 24 August 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

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 18 June 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

Thank The_G_Family
Reviewed 31 December 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
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We have visited the Houston area fairly often in the past couple of years and have had the chance to see many of its highlights. We had never even heard of the Rienzi however until our latest trip. It is a jewel of a museum:...More

1  Thank mrgoodrich
Reviewed 27 December 2016

My company hosted a client event at the Rienzi. As apart of the MFAH, the docents are very knowledgeable about the family and the house. This was a great venue as it is one of the few hidden gems in Houston.

Thank Abbey Q
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Located in River Oaks residential neighborhood. Mostly timed, guided tours. Extensive porcelain collection. Beautiful house and grounds.

Thank Tyler2004
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Lovely treat -- most decorative or historical homes are older. This one is more modern, yet classic.

1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 9 October 2016

An unhurried guided tour around this beautiful mansion. It certainly has museum quality interiors, furniture and porcelain, it also has personal effects from the time of the original owners. The docent was knowledgable and personable. A lovely walk through the gardens rounded off a charming...More

1  Thank sallynursesally
Reviewed 17 July 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...More

1  Thank Nicolas C
Reviewed 19 June 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.

Thank thenomadtravelet
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