The galleries of the MFAH main campus, Rienzi & Bayou Bend are open regular hours. Advance timed tickets are recommended. We welcome all visitors at any time. Learn more & get tickets 

Spring Discovery Days at Bayou Bend


Bayou Bend Butterfly Garden

Possibly James Graham, Side Chair (detail), c. 1755–75, mahogany, soft maple, and red oak, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bayou Bend Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Theta Charity Antiques Show and the Lora Jean Kilroy Accession Endowment.

 

March 15–April 30, 2021

Self-guided springtime fun awaits families at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

Explore activities for all ages! To add to the experience, bring a smartphone or tablet, or ask for a single-use paper handout. See visiting protocols and get advance tickets.

 Kid Curators: Facts and Conclusions
A curator is a person who works at a museum and makes decisions about the art you see. Pretend to be a curator on this hunt through the Bayou Bend Collection, and use your sleuthing skills to identify important information about the objects on display. (for ages 9–13)

Photo Challenge: Capture the Blooms
Try your hand (and eye) at photography challenges prompted by the spring blooms in the gardens. Upload your photos to the viewing gallery so you can share your experience with other visitors. Get inspired by their ideas, and add your own! (for ages 9–18)

Origami Art Station
Pick up a single-use piece of paper from the outdoor art station and create a work of nature-inspired origami art to take home as a memento of your visit. (for ages 5 and up)

Tree Inspector
Investigate challenges relating to six different species of trees found on the Bayou Bend property. (for ages 5–12)

♦ Animal Art Safari
Go hunting in the house for art inspired by our friends in the animal kingdom. How many different kinds of critters can you find? (for ages 5–10)

Spring Story Stroll
What do gardens look like from the perspective of a bunny rabbit? Explore an illustrated story that you follow by visiting special sites along your stroll. (for ages 5–10)

Garden Yoga
Pick a sunny spot in the gardens and follow provided yoga prompts. Pretend to be a frog, a flower, and more! (for ages 3 and up)

Flowers: Color Hunt
Look for different colors of blooming flowers in the gardens. (for ages 3–7)

Self-Guided Hours
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.