We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rienzi Mansion

Open Now: 13:00 - 17:00
Open today: 13:00 - 17:00
Review Highlights
Lovely place, interesting tour

How fun to walk through this home and see the gorgeous furnishings everywhere! The staff were all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeannie H
how a museum begins

Modern interpretation of a neo-classical house that grew into a museum for a private collection... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
Catonsville, Maryland
Read all 66 reviews
All photos (11)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
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.
Open Now
Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1406 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019-1412
Afton Oaks/ River Oaks
+1 713-639-7800
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Houston
from US$24.95
More Info
from US$79.95
More Info
Houston CityPASS
51 Reviews
from US$59.00
More Info
from US$13.75
More Info
Reviews (66)
Filter reviews
64 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews decorative arts european paintings house tour guided tour on display porcelain oaks river docent azaleas lifestyle glimpse collector museum century kirby architecture
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 64 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How fun to walk through this home and see the gorgeous furnishings everywhere! The staff were all very gracious. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeannie H
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Modern interpretation of a neo-classical house that grew into a museum for a private collection. Interesting to me to see how these collections grow over time and the interest of the collectors displayed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank robpb
Reviewed 19 May 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!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank oimbinjamin
Reviewed 30 April 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

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank tleeEvans
Reviewed 24 April 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

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Carol D
Reviewed 1 April 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank kristipost
Reviewed 23 January 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.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Mikey88
Reviewed 28 December 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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank catrina37
Reviewed 24 December 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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank pnkgirl27
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Linda C
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 534 nearby hotels
Scottish Inns Westcott Street
10 reviews
2.39 km away
Modern B&B
215 reviews
2.48 km away
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Houston Downtown
125 reviews
2.51 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Houston I-10/Central
575 reviews
2.59 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 9,105 nearby restaurants
Backstreet Cafe
427 reviews
.82 km away
308 reviews
.74 km away
Brenner's on the Bayou
268 reviews
.41 km away
Black Walnut Cafe - Memorial
106 reviews
.53 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 957 nearby attractions
Buffalo Bayou Park
269 reviews
1.47 km away
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
409 reviews
.37 km away
Beer Can House
258 reviews
.77 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Rienzi Mansion staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines