Host Your Next Event at the MFAH


The MFAH campus offers a variety of unique and elegant spaces for private events. When selecting the MFAH as your next venue, you are supporting the museum’s exhibitions, programs and community outreach. Entertainment at the MFAH is a benefit for Corporate Partners and supporters of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

For more information please call 713.639.7754 or e-mail

Caroline Wiess Law Building

1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Maximum Capacity
• Reception: 1,000
• Seated dinner: 400

Designed by Bauhaus master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in two phases (1958 and 1974), the Law Building’s elegant Modernist pavilion opens onto Bissonnet, now the Law Building’s front entrance. The rear of the building, a neoclassical structure designed by William Ward Watkin in the early 1920s to serve as the first MFAH building, has gallery spaces that are more intimate.

Audrey Jones Beck Building

5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Maximum Capacity
• Reception: 1,000
• Seated dinner: 150

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo and opened in 2000, the Beck Building—which houses the Museum’s collection of antiquities, Old Masters, Impressionism, American art, and Modern and contemporary art—offers a variety of spaces for entertaining.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

1 Westcott Street
Houston, TX 77007

Maximum Capacity
• Reception: 350
• Seated dinner: 350

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of American paintings, furniture, and decorative arts. Situated on 14 acres of formal and wooded gardens, Bayou Bend was designed by architect John F. Staub for Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg and completed in 1928. Eight formal gardens are set among the woods and ravines bordering the estate. Although the house itself is available only for self-guided tours of the first floor, the gardens and north lawn, adjacent to the Diana Fountain, as well as the historic cottage and its outdoor courtyard, are available for entertaining.

► Bayou Bend also includes the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, and, during the holiday season, the dazzling Spiegeltent.

Spiegeltent at Bayou Bend

Available during the holiday season

Maximum Capacity
• Reception: 250
• Seated Dinner: 175

During Bayou Bend’s Christmas Village festivities, an elaborate Spiegeltent—a Belgian “tent of mirrors” comprising more than 1,200 separate pieces—is available for holiday rentals. The Cristal Palace Spiegeltent, with its russet-colored mahogany, faceted mirrors, and stained glass, provides a nostalgic, Old World setting in the middle of Bayou Bend’s Diana Garden.

House lights (adequate for lighting buffet stations, stage, and ambient lighting)
• Built-in alcove seating for 70
• Two 10-foot wooden bars
• Cocktail tables
  *additional seating available for 50
• Café seating tables
• Mahogany chiavari chairs with cushions

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1406 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77019

Maximum Capacity
• Indoor: 99
• Indoor/Outdoor: 175

Rienzi is the center for European furniture and decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The former residence of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by famed architect John F. Staub in 1952. In 1972 the Mastersons neighbor, architect Hugo V. Neuhaus, added a ballroom to the residence. This addition allowed the owners to expand their social activities and gave Harris Masterson more room for his growing collection of European ceramics, which today form the core of the Rienzi Collection.

Brown Auditorium

1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Maximum Capacity
• 350 fixed lecture-style seats

As part of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1954 master plan for the Law Building expansion, the Brown Auditorium Theater provides excellent sight lines to the stage from all 350 of its fixed seats and offers sophisticated audio-visual capabilities.