Entertaining


Host Your Next Event at the MFAH

Rienzi

The MFAH campus offers a variety of unique and elegant spaces for private events. When you select the MFAH as your next venue, you are supporting the Museum’s exhibitions, programs, and community outreach. Discounted rental fees are available for members of the Corporate Partners program and the Leadership Circle.

For more information, please contact specialevents@mfah.org or 713.639.7754.

Caroline Wiess Law Building

1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Maximum Capacity
• Reception: 750
• Seated Dinner: 350

The Caroline Wiess Law Building is home to the largest entertaining space at the Museum. Cullinan Hall is perfect for large corporate dinners, holiday parties, and wedding receptions.

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: 350
• Seated Dinner: 150

The Audrey Jones Beck Building has a wide variety of entertaining galleries, perfect for cocktail parties or intimate dinners. This building is the also the ideal setting for hosting both wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 150 guests.

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

Glassell School of Art

5101 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Maximum Capacity
• Standing Reception: 200
• Seated Dinner: 120

The Glassell School of Art is ideally suited for cocktail parties and receptions. Weather permitting, limited elements may take place on the BBVA Roof Garden.

Designed by Steven Holl Architects and opened in 2018, the L-shaped building is constructed from nearly 200 sandblasted, precast concrete panels, alternating with panes of glass, in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles. The Glassell School of Art is the teaching institute of the MFAH, offering classes and workshops for all ages at the Studio School and Junior School; and the Core Residency Program for postgraduate artists and critics.

Rienzi

1406 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77019

Maximum Capacity
• Standing Reception: 99

Rienzi is the perfect location to host intimate cocktail receptions for lovers of European decorative arts

Rienzi is the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts. The former residence of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi was designed by 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 forms the core of the Rienzi Collection.

Brown Auditorium Theater

1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Maximum Capacity
• 350 fixed lecture-style seats

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

Happy Hour

A semi-private space for social groups is available during Happy Hour Thursday in the porte cochere of the Beck Building. This location is great for alumni organizations, professional networking groups, and others.

On Thursday, all MFAH visitors enjoy free general admission from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and free garage parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact 713.639.7754 or specialevents@mfah.org for more information about bringing your group for happy hour. 

 

Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor & Education Center at Bayou Bend

6003 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Bayou Bend’s award-winning Kilroy Visitor Center is a popular setting for receptions, meetings, and parties. The sleek glass-and-steel architecture offers light-filled spaces, a two-story lobby, and beautiful views. At night, exterior lighting provides a surrounding glow. Added features include exhibitions and a media wall.

The Visitor Center serves as a modern gateway to historic Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Designed by Houston architect Leslie K. Elkins and opened in 2010, the Visitor Center is just four miles from downtown or the Galleria, easily reached via Memorial Drive, Allen Parkway, Loop 610, or I-10. Political, commercial, fundraising, and religious events (including wedding ceremonies) are not permitted.

Learn more about capacity and amenities. For information about booking the Visitor Center, contact Lavinia Ignat, 713.639.7758.