The best American inventions include art, the museum, and eyes. Celebrate the spirit of ingenuity with today's Groupon. For $6, you get a Sip and See twilight tour of the Museum of Fine Arts' magnificent Bayou Bend house, florid gardens, and woodland trails, along with hors d'oeuvres and wine (a $10 total value). This deal is valid for a single night's admission to any of the two-hour tours, available every Thursday in March (4, 11, 18, and 25) starting at 5 p.m.
The 14-acre Bayou Bend estate, the former abode of philanthropist and informal First Lady of Texas Ima Hogg, was finished in 1928 and donated to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts by 1957. Hogg then transformed her mansion into a de facto museum, accumulating one of the largest collections of American decorative art in the world. The nearly 5,000 masterly pieces range from furniture to ceramics, and in age from Colonial America all the way to the end the Civil War.
Toast the warm winds of the onrushing spring with floral vintage while admiring the early blooms of the eight lavish gardens, such as demure cream camellias and mauve-tinged azaleas. After nibbling on a treat and touring the gardens, you'll be brought inside for a tour of the house. Flash back to a more glamorous era in Texas history when women were gentlemen and men fed their horses hamburger buns soaked in bourbon.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens was included in The Handbook of Texas. Eight Yelpers give 4.5 stars, and three TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes and made it one of the top four attractions in Houston:
- The Bayou Bend Collection of American decorative arts and paintings is one of the finest such collections in the United States. It comprises works produced from the 1660s to the 1860s and is displayed in twenty-four settings within the house. Also included is a small collection of decorative arts that pertain to the Mexican War… – Stephen Fox, The Handbook of Texas
- Even though the property is one of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston locations, it is truly a hidden gem in the midst of the River Oaks neighborhood…The furnishings are fine examples of different periods of American style, and the gardens include a large variety of plants, including many azaleas, in the formal and informal areas. – HotSpringsNative, TripAdvisor
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