For the safety of our visitors and staff, the MFAH continues to require face masks/coverings. Advance timed tickets are recommended.

Programs & Events at Bayou Bend


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 jmilillo@mfah.org 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.

History Book Club

Bayou Bend and Rienzi host a book club inspired by life in America and Europe in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Presented alternately by each house museum, the History Book Club offers free discussions on a regular basis.

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Detective Days

There’s mystery afoot at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens for sleuths ages 6 and older. Detective Days feature self-guided activity sheets that challenge children’s observational skills and critical thinking.

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

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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 bbdospeakersbureau@gmail.com for more information.

Education programs at Bayou Bend receive generous funding from Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; Bobbie Nau; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks 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.