During Spring Break, March 12–19, 2017, the Museum offers a variety of activities, tours, and creative programs for all ages! Learn more about our hours and 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.
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.
► Sunday Family Zone
Sundays, March 12 & 19, 1–4 p.m.
► Spring Break at the Museum
March 13–17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
► Family Art-Making Activity for Members
Wednesday, March 15, 1–4 p.m.
► Still Life Sketching • For all ages!
Thursday, March 16, 3–7 p.m.
► Sunday Family Studio
Sunday, March 19, 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 18 & younger receive free admission during Spring Break! Adults may purchase general admission in advance online.
These activities and programs are free with Bayou Bend admission, Monday–Friday, March 13–17:
• Focus on the Flowers (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) A bingo-style, self-guided activity sheet gives children a game to play as they look at and appreciate the blooming flowers. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.
• Self-Guided Garden Tours (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Discover the blooming flowers and natural beauty of Bayou Bend during springtime. Recommended for all ages.
• Spring Story Zone (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Stop by the library at the Kilroy Visitor Center and select a book that focuses on springtime. Recommended for ages 3 & up.
• First-Floor Open House Tours (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) Recommended for all ages.
• Nature Inside & Out (10 a.m.–4 p.m.) This Detective Days scavenger hunt reveals ways that nature can influence art and design. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.
• Arts & Crafts (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) In the gardens and at the Kilroy Visitor Center, take part in family art activities inspired by the flowers and trees at Bayou Bend. Recommended for ages 3 & up.
• Colonial Campsite (1–4 p.m.) Have some old-fashioned fun in the gardens with Bayou Bend’s collection of reproduction toys, like jump rope, Jacob’s ladder, and cat’s cradle—or try out colonial chores, including laundry and food preparation. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Spring Break at Bayou Bend is generously underwritten by William J. Hill.
Spring Break Activities 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.
• Storytime Tours
Monday & Tuesday, March 13 & 14, 10–11 a.m.
• Spring Break Art-Making
Wednesday–Friday, March 15–17, 10 a.m.–12 noon
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.
• 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.
• Focus Tour at Rienzi
Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m.
• Gallery Talk at Rienzi “Torch Bearers”
Thursday, March 16, 1 p.m.
• Happy Hour Thursday at the MFAH
Thursday, March 16, 5–8 p.m.
• Artist’s Talk at the MFAH “Color Fields: A Conversation about Ikat, Tapestry, and Contemporary Art”
Thursday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.
Visit the Galleries
Visit special exhibitions and our permanent galleries to see art from all around the world! Exhibitions on view include:
• Ron Mueck
• Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950
• Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats
• Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection
• Vignettes: Masterworks on Paper 1520 to 1870
• And more: See all exhibitions on view
► Enhance your gallery experience! Drop in to a docent-led gallery tour, always free with admission. See the calendar for topics and times.
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:
- Fanny’s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny) Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m.
- Presenting Princess Shaw Sunday, March 12, 3 p.m.
- A Raisin in the Sun Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. • Presented by Mayor Sylvester Turner
- The Dumb Girl of Portici Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. & Sunday, March 19, 5 p.m.
Harry Benson: Shoot First Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m.
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 Thursdays, 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
Free parking is available in the street-level lot directly across from the Law Building at 1001 Bissonnet Street. Additional parking is available in the MFAH Parking Garage at 5600 Fannin Street. Learn more.
► 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