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.

Studio Saturday: Sketching & Photography

Selected Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Enjoy Rienzi’s galleries and gardens while you learn art fundamentals! Try your hand at drawing and composition, or learn more about photography. Discover new techniques and exercises to strengthen your skills with a different topic every time. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Free with Rienzi admission. Reservations are encouraged: or 713.639.7800.

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Yoga in the Gardens

Sunday, April 7, 2018, 9 a.m.

Enjoy the energy of the outdoors with yoga! In this free program cohosted with the Breakfast Yoga Club, yogis are invited to bring their mats and celebrate the season amidst the wooded landscape of Rienzi’s gardens. Following class, guests may tour the house and gardens.

Call 281.968.4377 to begin your audio guided tour of the gardens. Light refreshments are available.

Drop in! Admission is free. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Programs for Children & Families

Family Days

Enjoy family-friendly performances, art workshops, gallery games, and a garden scavenger hunt on the grounds of Rienzi. 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!

  • 20th Anniversary: Behind the Scenes
    Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1 p.m.–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.

2019 HGO Studio Performance Schedule
More details at For tickets, call the HGO box office at 1.800.626.7372.
• Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, May 5, 5 p.m.

From Peasant to Artisan: The Rise of Mezcal and Oaxacan Cuisine

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

Noted Houston chef Hugo Ortega and sommelier Sean Beck present a historically inspired dinner celebrating the complex flavors of Oaxaca, built around the world’s most complex spirit: mezcal. Ortega brings his modern vision of this cuisine to Rienzi, along with Beck’s mezcal and mezcal-cocktail pairings.

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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 or 713.639.7800

Check the calendar for dates, times, and topics.

Lectures & Discussions

Gallery Talks
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.

History Book Club at Rienzi and Bayou Bend
Enjoy great conversations about good books. The two MFAH house museums host a history-book 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. Info & schedule

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. Free with Rienzi admission.

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Azalea Trail

2019 Schedule
Friday, Saturday & Sunday | March 1, 2 & 3
11 a.m to 5 p.m.

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. For tickets and information, contact the River Oaks Garden Club.