What You'll Get
The best American inventions include art, the museum, and eyes. Celebrate the spirit of ingenuity with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two tickets to a Sip and Stroll tour of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens operated by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. You'll enjoy a self-guided tour of the first floor of the historic house, florid gardens, and woodland trails, along with hors d'oeuvres and wine (a $20 total value). This deal is valid for a single night's admission to any of the three-hour events, offered on March 3, 10, 17, and 24 and starting at 5 p.m., with last admission taking place at 7:00 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 in 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 of the Civil War.
After nibbling on a treat and touring the gardens, you'll be brought inside for a self-guided tour of the newly renovated first floor. Flash back to a more glamorous era in Texas history when women were gentlemen and men fed their horses hamburger buns soaked in bourbon with today's deal.
The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens was included in The Handbook of Texas Online. Twelve Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars, and three TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, naming it #16 out of 91 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 Online
- 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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 24, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for 1 night admission. Valid only on 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, or 3/24. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the former estate of philanthropist and art collector Miss Ima Hogg, was completed in 1928 according to classical designs by renowned Houstonian architect John F. Staub. The elegant mansion houses the Early American decorative arts and paintings collection of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, a congregation of nearly 2,600 furnishings, paintings, and ceramics that populates 28 period rooms in the carefully renovated house. The objects date back as far as 1620, letting the viewer observe the evolution of American taste from the Colonial to Victorian eras. Bayou Bend’s eye-widening assemblage of still lifes, armchairs, and silver was labeled a “treasure-trove” of Americana by Frommer’s, as well as a “must-see” for antiques collectors and gardeners.
The mansion at Bayou Bend is flanked by 14 acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands. Hogg designed the formal gardens as outdoor rooms for hobnobbing and decorated them with statues of a goddess and two muses, inspiring the northern blooms to write sonnets about honeybees. Today, organic gardening methods maintain the flourishing magnolias and crape myrtles.