- Family Fun at the Museum
- Spring Break at Bayou Bend
- Events for Teens & Adults
- Exhibitions on View
- Visiting for Free
- Directions & Parking
During Spring Break, March 17–23, the Museum offers a variety of activities, tours, and creative programs for all ages!
Family Fun at the Museum
The MFAH is a hub of Spring Break fun, with lots of ways for families to explore the Museum together. In addition to the programs below, see the calendar for a day-by-day list of activities.
These activities and programs are free with Museum admission:
► Family Resources
Stop by the KFEC (Kinder Foundation Education Center) for helpful tips from the friendly staff on making the most of your visit. For fun in the galleries, borrow one of the many different Family Packs; pick up a guide to cell-phone stops; and ask about the storybook checkout program.
► Daily Family Activities
Monday–Friday, March 17–21, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Open Studio 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Sketching in the galleries 12 noon–3 p.m.
- Storytime Begins at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
► Family Films
- Best of New York International Children's Film Festival: Kid Flix Mix | Tuesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 20, 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3–6
- Best of New York International Children’s Film Festival: Party Mix | Monday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 19, 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 8+
► Sunday Family Zone + Studio “Wet Paint! Exploring the Watercolors of John Singer Sargent”
Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
► Voila! Sketching with Sunlight
Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Spring Break at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings, offers a wide range of child-friendly activities in the gardens, the mansions, and the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center. Kids 18 & under receive free admission all week!
These activities and programs are free every day, March 18–22, with Bayou Bend admission:
► Nature Inside and Out This Detective Days scavenger hunt reveals ways that nature can influence art and design. Available from 1 to 4 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 to 12
► Art Activities Take part in family art activities in the gardens inspired by the flowers at Bayou Bend, including Handprint Azaleas and Origami Butterflies. Available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3+
► Historic Toys and Games Have some old-fashioned fun in the gardens with Bayou Bend’s collection of historic reproduction toys, like jump rope, Jacob’s ladder, cat’s cradle and more. Available 2–4 p.m.
► Spring Story Zone Stop by the library at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center and select a book that focuses on springtime. Available 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Recommended for ages 3+
► Preschool Story Hour Visitors are invited to hear Armadillo Rodeo read aloud by an educator, then enjoy a related age-appropriate activity. Begins at 10 a.m. daily. Recommended for children ages 3 to 6
Events for Teens & Adults
There's something for everyone at the MFAH! Check the highlights below, and go to the daily calendar for details, updates, and more events.
► Lectures & Programs
- Sketching in the Galleries Wednesday, March 19, 1:30–4:30 p.m. at Rienzi
- Rienzi Gallery Talk “Covered Vase” Thursday, March 20, 1 p.m. at Rienzi
- Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture “Made for Magazines” Friday, March 21, 1:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 22, 4 p.m. at the MFAH
- Tip Top Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m. & Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m. Recommended for mature audiences
- La fille du 14 Juillet Thursday, March 20, 8:15 p.m. & Sunday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
- Populaire Friday, March 21, 6 p.m. & Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m.
- Amour et turbulences Friday, March 21, 8:15 p.m. & Sunday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
- La grande boucle Saturday, March 22, 6 p.m. & Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m.
- Bonus funny French film! Sept ans de malheur, Sunday, March 23, 4 p.m.
► Tours for Teens "Looking Labs"
Thursday, March 20 & Friday, March 21, 2–3 p.m., at the MFAH. Recommended for ages 13 to 18
► Daily Gallery Talks
Guided tours of the MFAH collections are available through the day, every day. Check the calendar for topics.
Exhibitions on View
Explore the galleries to see art from all around the world!
• Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
• John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors
• Georges Braque: A Retrospective
• Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th-Century Photgraphs
• Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection
• Jan Banning: Bureaucratics
• Pattern Repeat: Wallpaper Then and Now
• Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography
• Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Fuel your Museum outing at Cafe Express. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the café is the perfect place to enjoy freshly prepared food in an artistic setting.
Present your lunch receipt from Cafe Express or a participating food truck at any Museum admissions desk and receive free same-day general admission on weekdays from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (except for ticketed exhibitions). Enter the Museum during those hours, and stay as long as you wish, until closing time.Top
Visiting for Free
Admission is always free to Cullen Sculpture Garden, open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
On Thursdays, museum general admission is free for everyone, courtesy of Shell. Plus, the Museum is open late, until 9 p.m. See more information about hours and admissions.Top
Directions & Parking
► Ride the Rail
METRORail offers stops throughout the Museum District, including on Fannin Street next to the Museum's Beck Building. See a Museum District map with METRORail stops and parking throughout the area.
► MFAH Parking
Museum parking options include a free surface lot on Bissonnet and our paid parking garage at 5600 Fannin. See mfah.org/parking for more information.
► Suggested Driving Directions
Physical address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas, 77005. Map
Traveling from TX-288 S Exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west
Traveling from TX-288 N Exit Binz St. / Calumet St. and take Binz west
Traveling from I-610 E Merge onto TX-288 N and exit Binz St. / Calumet St. and take Binz west
Traveling from US-59 N Exit Main St. and proceed south / merge onto TX-288 S and exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west
Traveling from US-59 S Exit Fannin St. and proceed south / merge onto TX-288 S and exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west
► Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Free parking is available.
Limited free parking is available; please reserve a space when making tour reservations.