This Valentine’s Day, find out how you and your beloved measure up to some of the most enduring love stories in history. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting a special Twilight Tour of Rienzi, their opulent River Oaks house museum dedicated to fine and decorative European art. The theme of the tour is “Great Love Stories”; it will acquaint guests with some of the greatest couples (and ex-couples) in history and mythology whose stories are on display in the museum’s collection.
There are few holiday celebrations more European than Boxing Day, a vestige of aristocratic England wherein gifts were given from master to servant. So it makes sense that the best place to celebrate Boxing Day in Texas is Rienzi, a grand Houston home operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and dedicated to European decorative arts, paintings, and furniture.
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.