The Rienzi House Museum

In the heart of the historic River Oaks neighborhood, down a long, wooded drive, sits a single-story 1950s home on a 4-acre property. Rienzi was designed in 1952 by John Staub, who is considered one of Houston’s most impactful residential architects. The house was opened to the public in 1999 and serves as a museum of European decorative arts, with a collection that spans from noteworthy paintings to rare porcelain and lush furnishings.

Visitors enjoy docent-guided tours, the perfect way to soak up the history of the home. Originally owned by philanthropist couple Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, there’s plenty of family history to admire alongside the period contributions from the MFAH collection. After the house tour, take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful wooded gardens and admire the exterior’s period architecture.

Whether you’re a history buff, porcelain aficionado, art appreciator, or simply curious, a visit to Rienzi is a wonderful way to pass the afternoon. To learn more and plan your visit, please visit the MFAH website.

Note: Rienzi is closed during August, so hurry over before the summer-month shutter!

(713) 639 – 7800  //  1406 Kirby Drive  //  mfah.org/visit/rienzi/

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Mary Cate is a writer, performer, and marketer, recently back in her native Houston after a few years in Austin and New York City. When she isn't buried behind a book, you can find her making marketing magic with the independent and local Blue Willow Bookshop, creating new ice cream recipes with her husband, and exploring Houston's unique cultural spheres.

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