The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park 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.
Thanks to support from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Buffalo Bayou Partnership is opening this underground, industrial relic to the public, with future plans to house temporary art installations in this unique public space.
Make plans now to visit this historically and architecturally significant site, and while you are there, share your photos by tagging them with #BBPCistern!
Hours & Location
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern at The Water Works
105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Beginning May 13:
- Thursdays & Fridays: 3 – 7 pm
- Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am – 5 pm
- Docent-led tours every 30 minutes.
- $2 per person (no children under the age of 9 permitted) for a 30-minute docent-led tour.
- Free on Thursdays but reservations still required.
- We encourage you to walk and bike (rentals available at Bike Barn and B-Cycle) to Buffalo Bayou Park. If you’re driving, there are a number of parking options available around Buffalo Bayou Park.