For Educators and Students

Rienzi is dedicated to making art available to everyone with a curiosity to learn.  


School Tours

School tours of Rienzi encourage students (pre-K through grade 12) to develop a lifelong love of learning through art. Thematic tours connect with established curricula, encouraging students to engage in topics such as European history, world cultures, geography, and language arts. Specially trained gallery educators lead interactive tours, which emphasize close observation of objects and facilitate the development of essential visual and critical-analysis skills.

Rienzi offers free school tours three days a week: at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tours for upper-school students are typically two hours long and include a presentation, house museum tour, and self-guided tour of the gardens. Early Childhood tours (pre-K through grade 3) are available in a choice of two formats: storytime and scavenger hunt. Tours can be customized to complement classroom curricula. To schedule a school tour, contact Rienzi's education office four weeks in advance. The minimum size for group tours is 10 people; maximum 60 people. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.

To reserve your tour, call 713.639.7800 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, complete the registration form and e-mail it to rienzi@mfah.org or fax it to 713.639.7810.

Rienzi School Tours: FAQs

Homeschool family looking for more fun? Visit mfah.org/homeschool for additional information about the Museum's programs and resources for homeschool educators and students.


Before Your Tour

As you prepare to visit Rienzi, you can do a few things as a classroom to get ready:

• Visit mfah.org/rienzi to view photos of art objects in the Rienzi Collection and to read about the history of the home and gardens.
• Download the “I Spy” Rienzi Gardens scavenger hunt to discover what you might find outside the home.
• Practice looking at art with these handy tips designed by MFAH staff members.


Homeschool Day

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

At Rienzi homeschool families are invited to learn about the culture of 18th-century Europe by closely examining the objects and art created during the time period. Participate in an interactive tour or scavenger hunt, and visit learning stations for an in-depth look at the science and materials used to make decorative arts. Families are welcome to bring brown-bag lunches and eat in Rienzi’s gardens before or after the tour.