The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Bayou Bend Fall 2015 Programs for Adults

Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015 – Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Bayou Bend, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, house museum for early American decorative arts and paintings, presents a variety of learning experiences geared towards adults this fall.

Guests can enjoy the beauty of Bayou Bend’s 14-acre grounds during photography workshops and gardening seminars, and learn about life and culture in the 1700s and 1800s during book clubs held every other month.

About the Exhibition

Book Club
Discover good books and enjoy great conversations by participating in the Museum’s book club inspired by history. Every other month, MFAH house museums Rienzi and Bayou Bend host free discussions, focusing on books about life and culture in America and Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. Meetings alternate between Bayou Bend and Rienzi.

Shutterbugs: Wildlife Photography at Bayou Bend Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 10 am to 12 pm
Bayou Bend’s 14 acres of bayou woodlands and formal gardens, home to a wide variety of birds, insects, and a few other surprises, provide a unique setting for amateur photographers. Led by an instructor Elicia Garcia from the Houston Center for Photography, this workshop shares tips and tools for capturing wildlife on film in a natural setting. Admission is $35 for the general public and $30 for MFAH members, and includes vouchers for two return visits to the gardens.

TreeWise: Growing Healthy Trees in Houston
Saturday, November 9, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm
Bart Brechter, Curator of Bayou Bend’s gardens, is joined by leading horticultural experts for a seminar on the best tree-raising practices in Southeast Texas. Select species, with an emphasis on natives, will be singled out for their aesthetic qualities,as well as their ability to thrive in the local climate. New research will suggest the best practices for utilizing trees in gardens and home landscapes. Following the presentations, Mr.Brechter will provide a guided look at significant trees in the gardens of Bayou Bend. Admission is $35 for the general public and $30 for MFAH members, and includes a light lunch.

Sketching and Photography in the Gardens
Sketching every Tuesday afternoon, 1:30–4:30 pm
Visit Bayou Bend during open sketching hours, when guests are invited to draw from Bayou Bend’s natural woodlands and formal gardens. Sketch paper, clipboards, and pencils are provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own campstools.
Admission to the gardens is $5.

every Saturday afternoon, 1:30–4:30 pm
Are you an amateur photographer? The gardens of Bayou Bend provide a unique opportunity. Capture the beautiful blooms, gorgeous woodlands, and formal landscapes through your own lens. Then, share and showcase your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MFAH. Guidelines for photography apply – visit www.mfah.org/bayoubend for further details. Admission to the gardens is $5.

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  • Wednesday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday , 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Monday (Except selected holidays) | Closed.
    • Tuesday | Closed.
    • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day | Closed.
  • Museum Admission

    ALL ACCESS tickets provide entry to Special Exhibitions and the MFAH Permanent Collections. Purchase online or drop by any admissions desk.
    • MFAH Member  FREE
    • ALL ACCESS (Adult 19+)  $24
    • ALL ACCESS (Senior 65+ with ID)  $20
    • ALL ACCESS (Youth 13–18)  $20
    • ALL ACCESS (Child 12 & Under)  FREE
    • *Thursday MFAH Permanent Collections (All Ages)  FREE
    • *Thursday ALL ACCESS (13 & Up)  $10
    On Thursday, admission to the MFAH Permanent Collections is free for all individuals, courtesy of Shell USA, Inc. Special Exhibitions require a separate, discounted ALL ACCESS ticket.

Directions & Parking

  • Bayou Bend
  • 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street Houston, Texas 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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