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.


History Tour

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



Every half hour from 1 to 5:30 PM

On Thursdays, admission is free but reservations are still required. Discount will be applied to the cart at checkout.


History Tours every half hour from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM



Photography Tour

Hour-long photography session inside the Cistern.



Photography Tours from 10:00 to 11:00 AM


Private Tours

Available to reserve on Wednesdays between 10 am and 4 pm.

Must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.

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


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