Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother's Day Weekend | May 7–8, 2016
Create a family memory this Mother's Day with art, activities, and special offers throughout the MFAH campus. Enjoy exhibitions and programs at the Museum, Bayou Bend, and Rienzi all weekend.

Fun for All Ages

Before you head into the galleries, stop by the Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) for tips on making your visit more enjoyable. The KFEC offers family packs, sketching materials, computer stations, books, and free Wi-Fi. Friendly staff members are on hand to help visitors explore the art collections and exhibitions in new ways, through digital content, artist videos, and more.


Guided Tours
Gallery talks and tours, led by Museum educators, share connections between different works of art, cultures, and time periods. No reservations required! See all topics available.

MFAH Films
Take Mom to the movies! The MFAH presents the best in contemporary, classic, independent, and international films year-round. See what's playing.

Family Programs
Share art-making and gallery-exploring as a family with an afternoon of Sunday Family Zone + Studio, free with admission!

Pilates Day at the MFAH
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.
Start Mother's Day weekend off with a relaxing morning of pilates. Free! Learn more.

Deeply Mozart
Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
Pianist Francesco Attesti introduces a screening of musical excerpts from a film of Mozart performances, and participants can enjoy docent-led tours of High Society afterwards. Learn more and get tickets.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bring the special women in your life for an afternoon of nature, beauty, and art at beautiful Bayou Bend.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, mothers and grandmothers receive free admission and a gift from the Shop at Bayou Bend. All accompanying guests receive discounted admission, and children 9 and younger are admitted free. Bayou Bend’s gorgeous gardens and both floors of the house are open for audio tours.

For more information about Bayou Bend, visit or call 713.639.7750.


Celebrate Mother’s Day with an outing at Rienzi. The lovely estate is situated on four acres of wooded gardens. On Sunday, May 8, Moms enjoy complimentary admission and a fresh flower to take home!

• Enjoy special Mother's Day Tours of Rienzi on the half hour.

• Shutterbugs and nature lovers may take advantage of Sunday Garden Photography. Admission to Rienzi's gardens is always free!

• Houston Grand Opera Studio presents a gallery recital at 5 p.m. Learn more and get tickets.

For more information about Rienzi, visit or call 713.639.7800.

Mother's Day Brunch at the MFA Café

Share a meal with Mom at the MFA Café before heading into the galleries! The café, which features sophisticated, Northern Italian–inspired fare, has special Mother's Day menus for brunch and afternoon tea.

• E-mail to make your reservation in advance, and get a free Bellini or mimosa for Mom!

• The MFA Café is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Gifts for Mom

The Gift of Art
Give Mom a year of art with a Museum membership. She’ll enjoy blockbuster exhibitions, free general admission and discounts at the MFA Shop and the MFA Café all year long. Memberships start at just $60. Learn more.

The Perfect Present at the MFA Shop
Stop by the MFA Shop on the main campus as well as the Shop at Bayou Bend for unique gifts sure to please, from scarves, jewelry, and home decor to prints, art books, and more.

Mother's Day Special: Jess Panza Jewelry
April 18–May 8
Buy any two pieces of jewelry by designer Jess Panza and receive a complimentary coquille bowl (a value of $75! Please note that limited colors and quantities apply). Learn more.

Jewelry Trunk Show
April 28–30, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Stop by the Mother's Day Jewelry Trunk Show and nab designs from Lynn Smith and Laura Castriotta. Learn more.

Members Double Discount Days
May 3–8
MFAH members receive a 20% discount at the MFA Shop and Shop at Bayou Bend during Double Discount Days. Save on gifts during this special promotion! Learn more.