General Info

Contact Info


Phone 713.639.7800


To accommodate special events, Rienzi is closed for tours on the following days: April 25; April 26; April 27 after 2 p.m.; May 3; May 17 after 2 p.m.; and May 31. Please call 713.639.7800 to arrange a tour.

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 docent-led tour only. Learn more.