Visiting Rienzi

Tips for Visiting

  • Please wait outside the entry doors. Security personnel will welcome you inside.
  • Face masks are expected.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Capacity is limited for each time slot, and late arrivals will result in forfeiture of an entry time.
  • All bags are to be left inside of vehicles, unless medically required equipment is needed.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Non-flash photography is allowed.
  • Audio guides for the house and garden are available at 281.968.4377.

See the latest visitor protocols here.

Tours & Admissions


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 for exploring the house and gardens. Limited tours are available for individual guests and small groups. No additional ticket is needed. Docent-guided tours are offered at the times below.

10 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 1 p.m.

1 p.m.

• Time slots fill up quickly, so go to to purchase tickets in advance.

• Guests and docents are expected to wear masks while participating in docent-guided tours. 

• Rienzi’s gardens are open for self-guided visits every day of the week: Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the gardens is free.

• Group tours are currently suspended.

• Questions? Contact 713.639.7800 or



$10 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+); $5 for college students and youth (13–18); $5 for MFAH members; free for children 12 and younger.

Free for active members of the U.S. military & reserves with valid ID and for military families with dependent cards.

Participants in the Texas Lone Star Card Program
Receive free admission for up to 6 people when you present your Texas Lone Star Card and photo ID. Please call in advance to reserve your spot in a tour: 713.639.7800.


The galleries at Rienzi are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the front entrance for visitors to check out free of charge. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. An elevator is available for access to the lower level of the house. Upon request, chairs are provided for guests to use in the galleries. Please note that the gardens at the back of the house are not wheelchair accessible and feature difficult terrain and stairs. Rienzi is open for self-guided tours with a smartphone audio guide. Large printed maps are available.  


Rienzi is located in River Oaks, on Kirby Drive between Lazy Lane and Shadder Way. There is a small sign on the lawn in front of the gates. Limited free parking is available.

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Rienzi: European Decorative Arts and Paintings
Katherine S. Howe, Edgar Peters Bowron, Christine Gervais, Cindi Strauss, Stephen Fox, Suzanne Turner, Marjorie E. Wieseman
This beautiful publication is the first to document Rienzi, its collection, and the collectors. Featuring contributions from seven experts in their fields, the book presents an illustrated biography of the Mastersons and their roles in Houston and as collectors, followed by essays on Rienzi's architectural history and gardens. Entries about collection highlights will interest general readers, as well as scholars and collectors. For information about this book, contact the MFA Shop.

Antiquity Revived: Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century
Guillaume Faroult, Christophe Leribault, Guilhem Scherf, et al.
Learn more about the exhibition Antiquity Revived: Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century, organized by the MFAH in association with the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Featuring 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and works of decorative art—including objects from the Rienzi Collection—Antiquity Revived explores, from various points of view, how the renewal of classical taste found its roots in ancient sources. For information about this catalogue, contact the MFA Shop.

Entertaining at Rienzi

Are you interested in hosting an event at Rienzi? Please contact 713.639.7754 or with any questions.

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