Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

The Cistern is located at 105 Sabine Street, Houston, Texas 77007.

713-752-0314 ext. 301

Reserve Tickets 

Children under age 9 are not permitted inside the Cistern.

The Cistern is fully accessible by wheelchair and compliant with ADA design regulations. 

Parking is available in the Buffalo Bayou Park lot at 105 Sabine Street. 

All Cistern access is limited to a guided tour.

The Cistern is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007. Buffalo Bayou Partnership has restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space to house an ambitious program of changing art installations.



Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern:  Spatial Chromointerference

On view May 12, 2018 - January 13, 2019

A site-specific environment, unique to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, by world-renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. Changing lattices of color and light projected on the columns, interior walls, walkways and cubes floating in the Cistern’s water create the sensation of movement. Visitors will actively participate in this truly immersive experience and are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing.

Major underwriting provided by Leslie and Brad Bucher. Additional support provided by Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3:30 - 6 pm

Saturday - Sunday, 11 - 6 pm

$10 / adult

$8 / student (with valid ID), seniors (65+ with ID), youth (9-17)


History Tour

30-minute guided historical tour of the Cistern and Houston’s water system.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 pm and 6:30 pm

Saturday, 10 am, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Sunday, 6:30 pm



Open Meditation

1-hour session allowing for self-guided mindfulness and repose inside the Cistern. 

Individualized yoga, meditation, journaling, and other silent activities are welcome. Chairs will be available, however guests should bring their own cushion or mat. 

Sunday, 10 am



Guided Meditation

Offered in collaboration with the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, this session will include walking and seated meditation.

Modest instruction will be given to encourage mindfulness and connectivity. Chairs will be available, however guests should bring their own cushion or mat.

1st and 3rd Sunday, 10 am



Field Trips and Private Tours

Available to reserve on Wednesdays between 10 am and 2 pm.

Must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.

To schedule, contact cistern@buffalobayou.org.

Minimum of 15 guests required to reserve.


© 2018 Buffalo Bayou Partnership.