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 17 & 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.

• 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 interactive house activity reveals ways that nature can influence art and design. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

• Arts & Crafts (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) Take part in family art activities in the gardens inspired by Bayou Bend’s native trees and Texas art collection. Recommended for ages 3 & up.

• Animals of the Bayou Puppet Play Zone (11 a.m. –4 p.m.) Explore your imagination in the puppet play area, featuring birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals that can be found around the gardens of Bayou Bend. Recommended for ages 2 to 8.

• 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.

• 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 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.

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.

• Self-Guided Tour: #InstaTourMFAH
Grab a copy of the #InstaTourMFAH guide (or download at home or on your phone) and discover the MFAH through some of our most photographed works of art! 

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.

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.

More ways to enjoy the MFAH for free

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.

► Rienzi
Limited free parking is available; please reserve a space when making tour reservations.

Parking for Houston’s Spring Break 2017 destinations
The City of Houston has partnered with the area’s biggest attractions to offer tips for arriving and parking easily! Check the map for parking and public transportation information for downtown, the Museum District, Hermann Park, and more.

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