Rienzi is dedicated to making art available to everyone with a curiosity to learn.
To inquire about school tours, call Rienzi’s education office during business hours at 713.639.7800.
Tours of Rienzi encourage students (pre-K through grade 12) to develop a lifelong love of learning through art. Thematic tours connect with established curricula, encouraging students to engage in topics such as European history, world cultures, geography, and language arts. Specially trained gallery educators lead interactive tours, which emphasize close observation of objects and facilitate the development of essential visual and critical-analysis skills.
Are you a homeschool family looking for a variety of options? Visit mfah.org/homeschool for information about programs and resources for homeschool educators and students.
Before Your Tour
As you prepare to visit Rienzi, you can do a few things as a classroom to get ready:
• Visit mfah.org/rienzi to view photos of art objects in the Rienzi Collection and to read about the history of the home and gardens.
• Practice looking at art with these handy tips designed by MFAH staff members.
Further your experience at Rienzi through the world of books! Learn more about the time period and themes highlighted in Rienzi’s collection.
Storybooks for Young Children (ages 3–7)
Bill in a China Shop, by Katie McAllaster
A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams
The Empty Pot, by Demi
King Midas and the Golden Touch, by Charlotte Craft
Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen
Madame La Grande and Her So High to the Sky, Uproarioius Pompadour, by Candace Fleming
Madeline in London, by Ludwig Bemelman
Katie Meets a Spanish Princess, by James Mayhew
The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch
Chapter Books for Youth and Teens (ages 8–14)
Meet Caroline: An American Girl, by Kathleen Ernst
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Koingsburg
Fever 1796, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sea Cutter / Book 1:The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe, by Timothy C. Davis
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Trial, by Jen Bryant
Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia, England, 1829, by Anna Kirwan (Royal Diaries Series)
Books for Adult Readers
The Age of Comfort, by Joan DeJean
At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie
Tea: The Drink that Changed the World, by Laura C. Martin
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, by Caroline Weber
Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England, by Carrolly Erikson
Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant, by Jeremy Musson