Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts and paintings, is situated on four acres of wooded gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, about five miles from the main MFAH campus and about two miles from Bayou Bend, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.
Formerly the home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by prominent Houston architect John Staub in 1952. Opened to the public in 1999, Rienzi houses a substantial collection of European decorative arts, paintings, furnishings, porcelain, and miniatures. Rienzi welcomes visitors for tours, family programs, lectures, music performances, and a variety of special events.
Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
Visits are by docent-led tour only.
See tour and reservation info.
Rienzi is closed August 1–September 1, reopening on September 2. During this time, the gardens remain open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265-6826