Looking for something to do this holiday season? The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has activities and exhibitions for all ages, from special holiday experiences to programs in the galleries.

See & Do Something New Every Day!
In addition to the ideas below, check the online calendar for a look at all the possibilities. See the special holiday hours, too.

Calendar

Explore the Galleries

Discover new favorites in the Museum's art collections, and enjoy the variety of special exhibitions, including:

The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta
• HOME—So Different, So Appealing
• Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands
• David Levinthal: Photographs 1972–2016

 ► See all exhibitions on view

Fun with the Family

Enjoy everything the Museum has to offer with these programs and activities for families!

Special Family Programs for the Holidays

Monthly Family Programs

Christmas at Bayou Bend


December 15–January 6
Sunday–Thursday: 5:30–9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 5:30–10 p.m.

except December 24, 25 & 31

A spectacular Christmas tradition returns to Houston with merry decorations, dazzling lights, and performances throughout the 14 acres of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens! Enjoy evenings of music, treats, and photos with Santa.

Learn more & get tickets

Holidays at Rienzi


Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts and paintings, comes to life with holiday cheer and decorations every December. Get to know Rienzi's beautiful home and gardens.

Programs for Adults

Escape your hectic holiday schedule with events designed especially for adults!

Highlights

Full schedule of programs for adults

Film


See a movie on the big screen! The Museum presents the best in cinema year-round, and Brown Auditorium Theater is Houston's best place to discover new and classic cinema.

► Film schedules & tickets

Shopping


Stop by the MFA Shop and the Shop at Bayou Bend for special holiday events and offers. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Special Operating Hours for the Holiday Break

Below are the hours of operation during winter break, December 24–January 7. Check regular hours and admissions for information about different dates.

  • Sunday, December 24: All locations closed
  • Monday, December 25: All locations closed
  • Tuesday, December 26: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28: Main campus open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31: Main campus open 12:15 p.m.–5 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 1–5 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 2: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 3: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 4: Main campus open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 5: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 6: Main campus open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 7: Main campus open 12:15 p.m.–7 p.m. • Bayou Bend & Rienzi open 1–5 p.m.