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Cistern, Buffalo Bayou Park

Closes in 13 min: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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I found this to be a really interesting space, nice to be able to access through a tour. I wouldn't... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
David B
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Amazing Immersive Experience!

Take the time to visit "Spatial Chromointerference" at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Such a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I found this to be a really interesting space, nice to be able to access through a tour. I wouldn't build it up to be more than it is - it's an enormous damp chamber with interesting echoes and sight lines. Our tour guide had...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take the time to visit "Spatial Chromointerference" at the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Such a visually impactful display of color and movement imagined by Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. Pictures and words cannot capture how beautiful this masterpiece is and how rejuvenating it will make you...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Sure, it’s an old water storage facility. However, how many times do you get to take a look at one? The tour lasted 20 minutes and is very inexpensive. It’s a great addition to Buffalo Bayou Park just west of downtown Houston. You can spend...More

Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

This is nothing more than an old concrete water storage tank. I would not waste my time coming to walk around in a damp concrete vault. they attempt to present this as some hidden undiscovered piece of history but it was simply an old water...More

1  Thank laportecadillac
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My daughter & husband visited the Cistern & park on Mother's Day and it was a surprise and a treat. Cool, dark with an exciting & beautiful light installation within the walls. This fascinating walk through the Cistern didn't take long, wasn't expensive and was...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

For first time visitors, I highly recommend that you sign up for the history tour (no light show) and the self-guided tour (with lights). Both are about 30 minutes or less. You walk 360 degrees around and above the cistern. The history of the cistern...More

Thank Dianne W
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Mom in law and I visited the cistern this weekend and really enjoyed both the history tour and the art exhibit! We really didn’t know what to expect and I was concerned with the amount of walking because mom in law can’t walk long distances....More

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Reviewed June 29, 2018

Have been wanting to see the water cistern on previous visits to Houston. After reading about this art (light) installation, decided to see it. I did not have time to take the historical tour, but our family enjoyed this art installation. Very unusual thing to...More

1  Thank mollydog112000
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Went to see the newest art in the cistern. The light show is very good and love the way the lights play on the walls.

1  Thank tleeEvans
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

A friend recommended we visit the cistern. So glad we did. Let me begin by thanking the attendant at the visitor checkin who allowed us entry without a reservation. FYI: Reservations are required even on Free Thursdays. Admission is $10 or $8 discounted rate. Free...More

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