A lovely jewel tastefully displayed in the heart of the Bluff View Arts District, this destination is well worth discovering. ... More
The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
A lovely jewel tastefully displayed in the heart of the Bluff View Arts District, this destination is well worth discovering. Considered to be quite a significant collection of antique collectible glass works, furniture, music boxes, coverlets, china and other items of the 1700s and 1800s, this beautiful collection has been hailed by national authorities as one of the greatest in the world. Featuring such universally known names as Steuben and Tiffany, the collection is amazing. Yet only so amazing when compared to the collector who amassed the artwork throughout her colorful life, Anna Safley Houston (a.k.a. "Antique Annie"). Admission: $3.50-$7 Anna Safley Houston
Reviews for The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts: 3
Unforgettable Antique Experience
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 3/18/09
We loved going through this museum and as an antique dealer, I have already displayed its brochure in my shop as a "must see" for collectors traveling south on I-75. The person of "Antique Annie" was quite the story to learn about. Bought the book at the museum and learned even more. I doubt my eyes will ever see again the incredible glass pitchers that were on display. Would have loved to seen, however, a listing along side each area of antiques as to what each piece is formerly called. The staff was very helpful and answered all questions. I am concerned though as to the availability of an elevator for those that can't climb the stairs of this small mansion to see the items upstairs. And you don't want to miss what is upstairs!!! Again, we highly recommend this museum. We were in and out in a couple hours easy.
This is one of the most fascinating and extrodinary stories I've ever heard. Anna Houston had such passion for life and nothing stood in her way when it came to those passions.Without her eccentricities and zeal for collecting, these fabulous objects would never have been amassed for all to enjoy. I, for one, am very glad Ms. Houston marched to the beat of a different drummer. This small museum is a "must see" on any visit to Chattanooga.
Did this tour with my boyfriend that is a collector and dealer of antique glass. We both found it interesting as well as informative. Would recommend it to to anyone going to Chattanooga that loves to look at beautiful as well as rare pieces of art and history.
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