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 Five 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 two tickets to the holiday twilight tour on Wednesday, December 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value)
- $20 for two tickets to Early Music Southwest's holiday concert on Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. (a $40 value)
- $20 for two tickets to Early Music Southwest's holiday concert on Sunday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (a $40 value)
On the twilight tour, guests can explore the museum and its gardens, fully decked out for the holidays, as the day melts into night. Docents man their stations throughout the galleries, greeting visitors and providing interpretations of the collections. Strains of seasonal music and nibbles of light hors d'oeuvres add a festive air to the evening. On December 2, Early Music Southwest's ensemble of baroque-music professionals will perform traditional chamber music of the 17th and 19th centuries, including Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto.
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.