The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Back of the House and Beyond

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 – Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

01:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Twice yearly, Bayou Bend presents a remarkable opportunity to hear renowned scholars speak about interesting and important aspects of American decorative and fine arts.

Becoming an expert on historic objects means learning to see. Curators, conservators, and historians view museum collections through different eyes than the casual viewer. Get a peek into their world with the spring installment of Bayou Bend’s Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series.

Get a look behind closed doors at both of the MFAH house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, and see rooms and spaces rarely on view to the public. Limited passes also available for a seminar with Maggie Lidz, former estate historian at Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

Complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the two house museums. Visitors are encouraged to park at Bayou Bend, located at 6003 Memorial Drive.

This program is free, but reservations are strongly recommended for those who wish to participate in the seminar. Two time slots are offered for the talk—1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.—depending upon space available. To make a free reservation, e-mail bayoubend@mfah.org or call 713.639.7750.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77007

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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