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, along Allen Parkway between Sabine and Taft streets ($1 for 3 hour max), and at City Lot H/Theater District Parking (on weekends and after 6 pm on weekdays).

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 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 through January 13, 2019

A site-specific environment, unique to the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, by world-renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The artist dematerializes the vast space, creating an immersive environment that questions our perception of time, perspective and volume. The complex projection of continuously moving chromatic modules invites visitors to become an essential component of the artwork. Visitors are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing to fully experience the dazzling display of colors.

Major underwriting provided by Leslie and Brad Bucher.

Free Thursdays sponsored by John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Additional support provided by Judy and Scott Nyquist and 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, 10:30 am and 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, 9:30 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 Sunday, 9:30 am



Private Tours

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

Must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.

To schedule, complete a Private Cistern Tour Request Form and return to mguenther@buffalobayou.org.


© 2018 Buffalo Bayou Partnership.