Visit for Two or Four or Tour for Two on December 11 or 18 at Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Up to Half Off)

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General admission grants access to collection of European decorative arts and garden; tour includes holiday music and hors d'oeuvres

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Expires Dec 18th, 2013. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation recommended for tours. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for date purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Old masters rewarded observant art critics by hiding things in their paintings, such as discreet self-portraits and lewd caricatures of the queen. Redeem art history with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $8 for general museum admission for two (up to a $16 value)
  • $16 for general museum admission for four (up to a $32 value)
  • $20 for admission for two to the Holiday Home tour on December 11 (a $40 value)
  • $20 for admission for two to the Holiday Home tour on December 18 (a $40 value)

Guests get into the spirit of the season during the Holiday Home tours as they view the home decorated in its festive finest while enjoying live seasonal music and a reception featuring an array of holiday goodies.

Student, senior, and military discounted tickets are available for general admission only, but this Groupon still offers the best deal available. Children 9 and under are free for general admission.

Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The story begins, in a way, with Ima Hogg. It was her land on which Carroll Sterling Masterson and her husband Harris Masterson III planned to build their home after they purchased it in 1952. The Mastersons, working with renowned architect John Staub, erected a sprawling home they named Rienzi, whose layout blended contemporary elements with homages to Palladian and 18th-century English design. Having dedicated their lives to the arts, the philanthropists gave their home to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 1991, and the building was opened to the public in 1999.

Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts Houston now houses the Masterson’s eclectic collection of European decorative arts that they assembled over the course of 40 years, ranging from paintings, furnishings, and miniatures made from the 17th through the mid-19th centuries. Giving visitors of all ages a chance to understand the collection’s nuances, Rienzi staff hosts educational programs and events throughout the year, engaging guests in activities such as sketching sessions, art workshops, and lectures. Along with their dedication to visual arts, the museum celebrates the music of the 17th–19th centuries via live performances of chamber music, opera, and selections from Beethoven’s spoken-word album.

Rienzi also features gardens designed in the 1950s by landscape architect Ralph Ellis Gunn. Having created a visually stunning green space that embraced the 4.4-acre property’s natural topography, Gunn’s garden remains a tranquil haven of lush plants and scenic trails.

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