Mother's Day Weekend

Friday, Saturday, Sunday | May 911, 2013
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.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Bring the special women in your life for an afternoon of nature, beauty, and art at beautiful Bayou Bend. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, mothers and grandmothers receive free admission and a gift from the Shop at Bayou Bend. All accompanying adult guests receive discounted $10 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. Learn more.

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. Be sure to check out the special exhibition Celebrating Spring: Porcelain in Bloom in the Rienzi Collection during your visit!

For more information about Rienzi, visit or call 713.639.7800.

Gifts for Mom

The Perfect Present
Stop by The MFAH Shop on the main campus as well as The Shop at Bayou Bend for unique gifts sure to please. Plus, Museum members enjoy Double-Discount Days from May 6 to 11.

Jewelry Trunk Show
If you're visiting the Museum on Friday or Saturday, May 10 or 11, stop by the Jewelry Trunk Show! This exclusive event takes place at The MFAH Shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Learn more.

Dining Options

Cafe Express
The café opens for breakfast at 8 a.m. each day and stays open until the Museum closes. Treat Mom to a meal, coffee, dessert, or a glass of wine. More information

Fine Art + Food Trucks
Cullen Sculpture Garden offers a curated selection of Houston's finest food trucks every day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information