The custom of raising a glass and drinking to the prosperity, happiness, luck, or good health of another dates back at least to antiquity. In Rome, drinking to another's health became so important that the senate decreed all diners must drink to Emperor Augustus at every meal.

Dionysus—son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Semele—was renowned throughout the ancient world for having discovered the grapevine, and for teaching humans how to cultivate the vine and make wine from the grapes. On this tour, explore some of the spectacular depictions of Dionysus in the Museum’s collections. Then raise a glass at Happy Hour Thursday, and "Let’s drink to that!"

Art Bite tours are a series of 20-minute gallery tours that feature one or two specific art objects. These “bite”-size gallery experiences are quite a treat!


Shell Free Thursdays are supported by a grant from Shell Oil Company.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; ExxonMobil;
the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; The Crain Foundation;
Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Mr. William J. Hill;
The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Aggie and Joe Foster; Cameron International Corporation;
the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.