For the safety of our visitors and staff, the MFAH continues to require face masks/coverings. Advance timed tickets are recommended.


Visiting Updates
• March 1–9
Please note that the house is closed to visitors beginning March 1, reopening with regular hours March 10. The gardens remain open.
• March 26 The galleries are closed 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, 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.

Because of the unique and intimate nature of Rienzi, visits to the house and art collection are by advance ticket purchase only. Cell-phone audio tours and maps are available. Visits to Rienzi are currently self-guided only. Learn More

See new MFAH visiting protocols, including requirements for face masks

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Street Address
1406 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77019
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Mailing Address
Rienzi P.O. Box 6826 Houston, TX 77265-6826
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