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  1. Support & Volunteer

    In addition to giving tours, docents support public programming at Rienzi. What do I need to know about the docent program? No prior art history knowledge is required. Consider becoming a docent at Rienzi! The docent program was established in 1999, the year Rienzi opened to the public. Rienzi seeks to build and maintain a volunteer corps that reflects the rich diversity of the community. Docents give two tours a month and have the option of staffing programs. Docents must be able to tour for 60 minutes without a break. Individuals must be 21 years old to apply.

  2. Gallery Tours

    Gallery Tours at Bayou Bend & Rienzi Bayou Bend and Rienzi, the two MFAH house museums nestled in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, offer docent-led tours of the collections. Learn more about Bayou Bend's guided tours. Rienzi Take a docent-led tour of Rienzi's European decorative arts and paintings, or visit for special-topic talks offered throughout the year. Learn more about Rienzi's house tours.

  3. Rienzi

    Docent-Led Tours and Self-Guided VisitsBecause of the unique setting of Rienzi, visits to the house and art collection are by advance ticket purchase. Small groups and individuals are welcome. Docent-led tours, included with general admission, are offered:Wednesday at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.Sunday at 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.  Rienzi welcomes visitors for tours, family programs, lectures, music performances, and a variety of special events.

  4. Group Visits and Tours

    Discounts for self-guided group visits and docent-guided group tours are available by reservation with the purchase of 10 or more tickets through the group sales office at the email address below. For a deeper dive into the galleries, request a docent-guided tour. Policy The Museum offers tours and packages to groups of 10 or more for the Museum’s collections and selected exhibitions. A minimum of one week advance notice is needed for self-guided visits and two weeks for docent-guided tours. Reservations are confirmed with an order number and finalized by advance payment.

  5. Guided Tours: Pre-K to 12th Grade

    The Museum is unable to provide docent-guided tours to non-district partner groups. Docent-guided tours make cross-curricular connections to develop skills for looking at art, describing art, thinking deeply, and connecting with works of art. These tours are dedicated to the Museum’s four district partners, who bring their entire group of 3rd-grade and 4th-grade students across each district.

  6. Rienzi Docent Program

    In addition to leading Rienzi tours, docents partake in monthly trainings, and many attend the lectures and gallery talks at the MFAH. • Consider joining the Rienzi docent program! Thank you for your interest in the Rienzi docent program! Please contact for more information. Rienzi’s docent program was established in 1999, the year Rienzi opened to the public. All visitors to Rienzi are personally welcomed and guided through the collection by volunteer docents.

  7. MFAH Book Club Tours

    Email What to Expect on an MFAH Book Club Tour When tours resume, here is some helpful information.• MFAH Book Club tours are free for MFAH members and free with general Museum admission for nonmembers.• Tours Each book: Is featured for a four-month period Culminates with a docent-led tour at the Museum, scheduled in advance > for those in book clubs Is featured on the MFAH Goodreads group. Follow along and add to the discussion!     • The primary organizer’s name, telephone number, and email address   • The preferred date and time for your tour 4) Look for a confirmation email, within 5 business days, with information about when and where to meet the docent

  8. Guided Tours: Colleges and Universities

    Colleges and universities are invited to make the MFAH a part of the classroom with docent-guided and self-guided tours. Book your tour now! Reservations for groups are needed at least four weeks in advance. Learn more about self-guided tours. Questions? Contact or 713.800.5363 To review availability and schedule your tour, contact Guided tours of the Museum last one hour. In order to book a group tour, you need at least 10 students in your group.

  9. Bayou Bend Docents

    Docents share the Bayou Bend historic house and collection with visitors with a commitment to give guided tours to the public on a weekly basis. Provisional docent classes take place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What are Bayou Bend docents like? If you are interested in applying to become a Bayou Bend docent, complete and return this Information and Application form.  Questions?Contact or 713.353.1508.

  10. Volunteers

    Take a closer look at the MFAH Docent Program Find out about the Bayou Bend Docent Organization Learn about the Rienzi Docent Program Options include: Leading tours of the Museum galleries Helping in the MFA Shop Assisting with clerical duties Greeting guests Facilitating children’s art projects Who Can Volunteer MFAH volunteers are a diverse group of people The docent training program encompasses art history as well as touring methods and techniques, so each docent is fully prepared to facilitate enriching gallery experiences.