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Bayou Bend Virtual Family Day “Compartments, Chambers, and Clues”

Bayou Bend Family Day

Free Fun for All Ages
Discover how secret doors, drawers, and nooks have been used throughout history! Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts, invites you to this free, livestreamed Family Day event. Enjoy performances, art-making activities, games, and more.

Sign up now for the fun-filled roster of activities!
► Register here for the free 1 p.m. event.
► Register here for the free 3 p.m. event.


  • A virtual tour of furniture in the Bayou Bend Collection with secret compartments and drawers.
  • Art-making activity instructions for making a secret message using white art paper, white crayon, watercolor paints, and brushes.
  • A musical performance, discussion, and Q&A session with harpist Hope Cowan.
  • Take-away activities including instructions for an origami compartment box and a virtual choose-your-own-adventure escape game in Bayou Bend’s house.

Presenting Sponsor:
Tilman Fertitta Family