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.

Lectures & Discussions

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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Gallery Talks
Learn more about the works of art in the Rienzi Collection. On selected Thursdays, Gallery Talks offer an insider’s look at a particular object or a special theme. Speakers include curators, conservators, educators, and librarians. Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations encouraged: rienzi@mfah.org or 713.639.7800.

Studio Saturday

Selected Saturdays
10 a.m. to 12 noon

Enjoy Rienzi’s galleries and gardens while you learn art fundamentals! Try your hand at drawing, composition, watercolor, and more. Discover new techniques to strengthen your skills. Studio Saturday features a different topic every time. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations ​encouraged: rienzi@mfah.org or 713.639.7800.

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Music at Rienzi: HGO Studio

Rienzi partners with Houston Grand Opera Studio (HGO Studio) for a series of recitals reverent of 18th-century art and culture. Amidst Rienzi’s gorgeous galleries and ballroom, enjoy a vibrantly aesthetic acoustic experience. Visit mfah.org/calendar for more information.

About HGO Studio at Rienzi
Experience the exceptional talents of up-and-coming Houston Grand Opera Studio artists. Each themed performance features a repertoire of works by renowned composers and surprise talents, selected for your enjoyment by HGO Studio members.

Focus Tours


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 encouragedrienzi@mfah.org or 713.639.7800

► Check the calendar for dates, times & topics

Exhibitions at Rienzi

Rienzi’s exhibitions, presented twice a year, 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.

► Learn more about Rienzi exhibitions past and present

Azalea Trail

2020 Schedule
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.

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