During Spring Break week, March 10–18, 2018, the Museum offers a variety of activities, tours, and creative programs for all ages! Learn more about our hours & admissions.
► The Museum, Bayou Bend, and Rienzi are open all week, including Monday and Tuesday, when some locations are usually closed. Cullen Sculpture Garden is open every day, year-round.
Visit the Galleries
Spring Break Special!
Three Exhibitions: One Price
Save when you see all three ticketed special exhibitions—available only during the week of Spring Break! A three-exhibition combo pack includes admission to see the Museum’s art collections, plus access to:
• The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta | Final week to see this smash-hit exhibition!
• Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
• Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples
► Learn more about combo packs & get yours today
Plus, visit our other special exhibitions and galleries to see art from all around the world:
• Check out all the exhibitions on view.
• Enhance your experience! Drop in to a gallery tour, always free with admission. See the calendar for topics & times.
Family Fun at the Museum
The MFAH is a hub of Spring Break fun, with lots of ways for families to explore the Museum together. In addition to the programs below, see the calendar for a day-by-day list.
Family activities & programs at the main Museum campus:
► Family Resources
Stop by the KFEC (Kinder Foundation Education Center) for helpful tips from the friendly staff on making the most of your visit. For fun in the galleries, borrow one of the many different Family Packs; and ask about the storybook checkout program.
► Our Youngest Artists
Saturday, March 10, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
► Sunday Family Zone
Sundays, March 11 & 18, 1–4 p.m.
► Spring Break at the Museum
March 12–16, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
► Family Art-Making Activity for Members
Wednesday, March 14, 1–4 p.m
► Teen Workshop: En Plein Air
Friday, March 16, 1 p.m.
► Sunday Family Studio
Sunday, March 18, 1 & 2:30 p.m.
Spring Break at Bayou Bend
Just a few minutes away from the Museum campus in the heart of the historic River Oaks neighborhood, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings, offers a wide range of child-friendly activities in the gardens, the mansions, and the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center. Ages 17 & younger receive free admission to Bayou Bend during Spring Break! Adults may purchase Bayou Bend general admission in advance online.
Spring Break at Bayou Bend
March 12–16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
• Self-Guided Garden Tours (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) Discover the blooming flowers and natural beauty of Bayou Bend during springtime. Along the way, you’ll find art-making activities, guest experts, and exploration stations related to history, nature, and springtime.
• First-Floor Open House Tours (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Young visitors receive a special guide to the house with a focus on nature in art. Docents are stationed throughout the house until 3 p.m. each day, too!
• Historical Game Zone in the Diana Garden (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) Enjoy spring weather as you play popular outdoor games in early America, such as quoits, graces, jump rope, and shuttlecock.
• Art-Making: Colors of Nature on the South Lawn (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Stop by this station to color a sheet, found in your Spring Break passport, inspired by the blooms and creatures on the mansion’s Dining Room wall coverings.
• Colonial Campsite (1–4 p.m.) Get hands-on with some reproduction objects that help young minds imagine how daily life has changed from America’s earliest days to the present. Reproduction examples of cookware, toys, writing instruments, clothing, and more can be touched and handled here!
• Special Daily Event Check the calendar for the day you want to visit and find out about a fun, interactive activity that changes every day!
Spring Break at Bayou Bend is generously underwritten by William J. Hill.
Spring Break at Rienzi
Enjoy family-friendly fun at Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts and paintings. Located in River Oaks near Bayou Bend, Rienzi offers activities perfect for both adults and kids! Children 12 & younger receive free admission.
Spring Break at Rienzi
March 12–16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Sketching in the Gardens: March 12–16, 10 a.m. to 12 noon Visit the Rienzi gardens and sketch colorful flowers, lush green spaces, interesting architectural details, and eclectic mix of statues. Paper, clipboards, and pencils are provided!
- Storytime Tour: Wednesday–Friday, March 14–16, 10–11 a.m. Introduce children to the magic of art and literature in an intimate setting. This program is fun and interactive, featuring stories related to themes highlighted in the Rienzi Collection.
- Gallery Talk at Rienzi: Thursday, March 15, 1 p.m. Join a discussion with MFAH conservator Jane Gilles on the Allegorical Figure known as Lady Gandes Coade stone statue in the Rienzi gardens.
Activities for Adults
There's something for everyone at the MFAH! Check the highlights below, and go to the daily calendar for details, updates, and more events.
• Opening-Day Lecture: Michelangelo the “Divine One” and the Rise of Drawing as an Art Form
Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.
• Kinder Institute for Urban Research Forum Lecture: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m.
• Gallery Talk at Rienzi “Lady Gandes in the Gardens”
Thursday, March 15, 1 p.m.
• Focus Tour at Rienzi
Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m.
• Daily Gallery Talks at the MFAH
Guided tours of the Museum’s collections are available through the day, every day. Check the calendar for topics.
Take in a movie on the big screen! MFAH Films presents the best in cinema year-round, from classic films to the latest new releases. On tap during Spring Break:
Visiting for Free
Kids 12 & younger always get in free to the MFAH and Rienzi! Ages 18 & younger are admitted to Bayou Bend for free during Spring Break.
Admission is always free to Cullen Sculpture Garden, open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
On Thursday, Museum general admission is free for everyone, courtesy of Shell. Plus, the Museum is open late, until 9 p.m. See more information about hours and admissions.
Directions and Parking Tips
Located in the heart of the Houston Museum District, the MFAH is one of Houston’s most popular Spring Break destinations! To make your visit more enjoyable, plan ahead and allow plenty of time for parking.
► MFAH Main Campus Parking Options
Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd. Learn more.
• Valet parking during Spring Break: Valet parking is available in the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, at 5601 Main Street, during regular hours on March 10 through 18 only. Please note that valet spots are limited.
• To guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.
► Ride the Rail
METRORail offers convenient, frequent stops throughout the Museum District, including on Fannin Street next to the Museum's Beck Building. Show your Metro Q® Fare Card and received $5 off the price of each admission ticket to the Museum!
► Additional Travel Options
From bikes to buses, the MFAH is convenient to all types of transportation. Visit Parking & Transportation Options to learn more.
► Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Free parking is available.
Limited free parking is available; please reserve a space when making tour reservations.
Suggested Driving Directions to the Museum District:
- Traveling from TX-288 S – Exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west
- Traveling from TX-288 N – Exit Binz St. / Calumet St. and take Binz west
- Traveling from I-610 E – Merge onto TX-288 N and exit Binz St. / Calumet St. and take Binz west
- Traveling from US-59 N – Exit Main St. and proceed south / merge onto TX-288 S and exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west
- Traveling from US-59 S – Exit Fannin St. and proceed south / merge onto TX-288 S and exit Southmore St. / Calumet St. / Binz St. and take Southmore or Binz west