Programs & Gallery Activities at Rienzi
Educational programs at Rienzi seek to inspire all audiences to engage with the collection through a variety of events and activities. Adult learners have the opportunity to attend lectures and gallery talks given by MFAH curators and visiting academics. Docent-led tours and special themed tours provide a more in-depth understanding of the collection and encourage close study of the art objects on view.
Music lovers enjoy opera recitals and period music performed in Rienzi’s intimate galleries. Interactive family programs such as storytime, family days, and art workshops create an engaging learning experience for the youngest visitors. Art students and aspiring artists are invited to Rienzi for periodic sketching. Rienzi’s high-quality educational programs will enlighten and delight every visitor.
Labor Day at Rienzi
Monday, September 2
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy your day off relaxing at beautiful Rienzi! The Labor Day theme is “How Does Your Garden Grow?” with programs for the whole family, both indoors and outdoors: art-making activities, talks, tours, story time, and more.
Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, September 15
Enjoy the energy of the outdoors with yoga! In this free program cohosted with the Breakfast Yoga Club, you are invited to bring your yoga mat and celebrate the season amidst the wooded landscape of Rienzi’s gardens.
After the yoga session, enjoy touring the house and gardens. Light refreshments are available. To begin your audio-guided tour of the gardens, call 281.968.4377.
Drop in! Admission is free. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lectures & Discussions
Rienzi Fall Lecture
Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m.
“Raised on a Blue Note: Margaret Bonds and the Untapped History of Black Women’s Intellectual Culture”
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
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History Book Club at Rienzi & Bayou Bend
Enjoy great conversations about good books. The two MFAH house museums host a discussion series about life in America and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book club meets alternately at Rienzi and Bayou Bend. Admission is free.
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One Thursday a month, September through May, Rienzi highlights a great work of art in the collection. Speakers include curators, conservators, educators, and librarians. Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations encouraged: Call 713.639.7800.
Friday, September 27
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Amateur and student artists alike are invited to practice their artistic skills at Rienzi’s first Drawing Salon.
Some of the best views of Rienzi interiors are at night, when the galleries are at their most dramatically lit. Prepare to be inspired! A teaching artist is on hand, and art supplies are included.
Studio Saturday: Sketching
Selected Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Enjoy Rienzi’s galleries and gardens while you learn art fundamentals! Try your hand at drawing and composition, and discover new techniques to strengthen your skills with a different topic every time. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations encouraged: firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7800.
Programs for Children & Families
Enjoy family-friendly performances, art workshops, gallery games, and more in the house and gardens. These events, presented jointly with Family Days at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, feature complimentary transportation between the two house museums. Admission is free on Family Days—drop in!
Sunday, October 20
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Music at Rienzi
Rienzi partners with Houston Grand Opera Studio (HGO Studio) to host a series of magnificent recitals reverent of 18th-century art and culture. Amidst the gorgeous surroundings of Rienzi's fine art gallery and ballroom, music patrons enjoy a vibrantly aesthetic acoustic experience. A docent-guided walkthrough tour and reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres are included with admission.
Houston Grand Opera Studio
Audiences are invited to experience the exceptional talents of up-and-coming artists from Houston Grand Opera Studio. Developed thematically, each performance features a repertoire of works by renowned composers and surprise talents, selected for your enjoyment by HGO Studio members.
HGO Studio Performance Schedule
More details at mfah.org/calendar. For tickets, call the HGO box office at 1.800.626.7372.
• Friday and Sunday, December 6 & 8
• Thursday and Sunday, May 7 & 10
Enjoy an in-depth look at an intriguing aspect of the Rienzi Collection! Focus Tour topics vary—check the date you’d like to attend. These small, personal tours are limited to 10 people. Reservations encouraged: email@example.com or 713.639.7800
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Exhibitions at Rienzi
Rienzi’s exhibitions, presented biannually, explore elements of the house museum and 18th- and 19th-century European decorative arts in depth, actively engaging visitors in a dialogue with the Rienzi Collection.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | March 6, 7 & 8
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note that Rienzi is closed on Thursday, March 5, for Azalea Trail preparations.
Rienzi has been a featured stop on the River Oaks Garden Club’s Azalea Trail since 1999. The house and 4.4 acres of beautiful gardens are open to all ages. Proceeds support local organizations, including Bayou Bend and Rienzi.
► For tickets and more information, contact the River Oaks Garden Club.