MFAH Spring Break 2022 Programming

Please join the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Spring Break 2022. Spring Break at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents a variety of exhibitions, activities, tours, and programs for visitors of all ages! Events will be held at the Main Campus, Bayou Bend and Rienzi.

Spring Break events will run from Sunday, March 13 through Sunday, March 20, 2022.


What                                Spring Break at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents a variety of exhibitions, activities, tours, and programs for visitors of all ages, beginning Sunday, March 13 at the Main Campus and Monday, March 14 at the two house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. Explore exhibitions on view, including Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Dawoud Bey: An American Project; and Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher from the Michael S. Sachs Collection.


When                             Sunday, March 13, through

Sunday, March 20, 2022


  Programs                   Main Campus, 1001 Bissonnet Street (Caroline Wiess Law and Cullen Sculpture Garden)

                                            March 13: Islamic Arts Family Experience

                                            The MFAH and the Islamic Arts Society team up to showcase modern and traditional Islamic arts. This interactive event invites families to make their own art, watch artists’ demonstrations, and explore the Art of the Islamic Worlds galleries.

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Geometric Art Making | Create your own geometric patterns inspired by the Islamic art at the MFAH and the art techniques being demonstrated today.
    • Exploring Islamic Art Together | Pick up a gallery guide and gather your group to explore the Islamic art in the Museum. Each guide is inspired by the art techniques being demonstrated today.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    • Ebru Paper-Marbling Demonstration | Popular in Turkey and Central Asia, Ebru paintings are produced using dyes, a water-based solution, and unique tools. Watch as artists create intricate patterns and designs using this mesmerizing paper-marbling process.
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    • Arabic Calligraphy Demonstration | Artists demonstrate the art of Arabic calligraphy and offer complimentary name writing in various forms of the calligraphy being shown.
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    • Ceramic Painting Demonstration with Ottoman Patterns and Arabesques | Iznik pottery is a decorated ceramic known for its white and cobalt-blue designs and its artistic decoration of scrolling and interlacing foliage, vines, or plain lines.

March 14 – 18: Spring break art-making at the museum from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • This Spring Break, join the family fun at the MFAH! Visit the pop-up studio tents in Cullen Sculpture Garden for an opportunity to experiment with a new material, tool, or process to create your own work of art. In the Museum, explore the masterpieces in the exhibition Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive

March 14 – March 18: Spring Break at Bayou Bend from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Perfect for families celebrating Spring Break, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens features child-friendly activities in the gardens, in the historic house, and at the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor Center. Drop in! No reservations necessary. $10 for adults, free 18 and under

  • Visit the House | Games, challenges, and tools help you explore the two floors of Bayou Bend’s historic house. Helpful guides called docents, who can answer questions, are stationed on the first floor until 3 p.m. The second floor offers self-guided discoveries. Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. you can use the self-guided experience on both floors.
  • Visit the Gardens | Outside, you’ll find art-making activities, special visitors, and exploration stations related to history, nature, and springtime.
  • Art Activity: Nature Rubbings | Make art with rubbing plates that show leaves, flowers, insects, and animal footprints that you can find in the gardens. (Location: Diana Terrace)
  • Historical Game Zone | Play outdoor games that were popular in early America, such as quoits, graces, jump rope, and shuttlecock. (Location: Diana Garden, near the fountain)
  • Perspectives | At stations throughout the grounds, use tools such as kaleidoscopes and magnifying glasses to alter your view of the natural world. Nearby art materials help you interpret what you discover through these new lenses. (Locations: Butterfly Garden, Carla Garden, Clio Garden, and White Garden)
  • Tactile Play Zone | Have fun with wooden tree blocks, tumbled stones, shells, and other natural materials designed especially for young hands and minds. (Location: South Lawn)

Daily Programs, presented on the East Terrace

  • Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
    • Houston Petting Zoo, “Farm Group”
  • Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
    • The Houston Zoo, “Texas Wetlands Wildlife”
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
    • Texas Snakes and More, “Bayou City Snakes”
  • Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
    • Hope Cowan, “Springtime Harp”
  • Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.:
    • Puppet Pizzazz, “Living Flower Garden”

Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive

                   March 12: Studio Saturday at Rienzi from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn art fundamentals in the beautiful surroundings of Rienzi. Discover new techniques for drawing, sketching, and composition. The first half of the session features guided drawing exercises, and the second half is devoted to open sketching. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Supplies are provided.

March 19: Outdoor Tour at Rienzi from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tour Rienzi’s gardens to discover the hidden works of art and learn about the history of the landscape design. Docents are on hand to guide guests of all ages in exploring the garden paths and   to answer questions about the art.


Funding                   Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.