Bayou Bend is open year-round with programs and events for adults, children, and families. In addition to the highlights below, Bayou Bend offers a wide variety of special activities. For more information, contact Joey Milillo, programs manager, at or 713.639.7759.

Are you interested in the docent program? Bayou Bend docents are nationally recognized volunteers who provide outstanding tours and education to visitors.




Father’s Day

Father’s Day at Bayou Bend
Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens on Father’s Day! Admission is free for fathers and grandfathers on their special day, with regular ticket prices for the rest of the family. Enjoy the spacious gardens, and stroll through the collection of American art. Exclusively for today’s visitors, themed audio-tour stops exploring fatherhood in early America are available. Advance tickets recommended for all except dads and granddads.

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For more information, call 713.639.7750.

Father’s Day at Bayou Bend is generously supported by Polly and Murry Bowden and Nancy and James Gordon.

Camp at Bayou Bend

Summer 2020

Become a history detective this summer at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens! Children ages 9 to 12 are invited to sign up for a week of adventures building the kinds of keen observation skills that help historians, gardeners, artists—and detectives—succeed.

Through engaging games and activities, campers investigate history’s mysteries, have fun, and learn together in a safe and welcoming setting. Explore art styles by playing games of bingo; assemble furniture components into a historically accurate design; learn to identify plants by their distinctive features; and work with clay, wood, and textiles to discover how interacting with materials leads to deeper understanding.

Camp Weeks (choose 1) 
July 6–10 | July 13–17 | July 20–24 | July 27–31

Camp Times
9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. session, Monday–Friday
1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. session, Monday–Friday
Children may enroll in a morning session, an afternoon session, or both sessions.
Different activities are planned for the morning and afternoon sessions, but each week offers the same program.

$165 per 5-class session ($148.50 for MFAH members)
Mornings and afternoons are charged separately.

To ask questions or request an enrollment form, email the Bayou Bend programs manager, Joey Milillo:

Camp at Bayou Bend receives generous funding from Houston Junior Woman’s Club.

Detective Days

There’s mystery afoot at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for sleuths ages 6 and older. Detective Days are self-guided activity sheets that provide a focused activity, challenging a child’s observational skills and critical thinking.

Detective Days are available during self-guided tour hours for both the house and the gardens.

Detective Days at Bayou Bend are generously supported by Denise Monteleone.

Family Days

Bayou Bend Family Days, offered free of charge, feature music, games, crafts, and a host of other activities that are fun for both children and adults. Families with young children are invited to take guided tours, led by volunteers from the Houston Junior Woman’s Club, of specially chosen rooms in the house.

► Schedule
Family Days usually take place on the third Sunday of the month, September through April. Check the calendar for specific days.

Presenting Sponsor:

Tilman Fertitta Family

History Book Club

Rienzi and Bayou Bend host a history book discussion series about life in America and Europe in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Meeting alternately at Rienzi and Bayou Bend, this book club offers free discussions on a regular basis.

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Speakers Bureau

Bayou Bend’s Speakers Bureau offers informative talks and lectures—illustrated with colorful slides—for groups and organizations interested in learning about antiques, history, holiday decorating, or the lifestyles of Americans in the past.

Staffed by Bayou Bend docents, Speakers Bureau presentations to educational institutions (teacher groups, colleges, etc.) are free of charge. Other groups pay an honorarium of $75 that is used to support the educational activities of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Contact for more information.

Azalea Trail

2020 Schedule
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | March 6, 7 & 8
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bayou Bend participates in the annual Azalea Trail, presented by the River Oaks Garden Club. Azalea Trail showcases the colorful azaleas at Bayou Bend, Rienzi, private homes, and the garden club’s Forum of Civics. Proceeds support local organizations, including Bayou Bend and Rienzi.

► For tickets and more information, contact the River Oaks Garden Club.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Sharon G. Dies; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mr. William J. Hill; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; Ann and John Bookout; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; and additional generous donors.

The education programs also receive endowment income from funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard and Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate.

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