United States

1001 Bissonnet Street
Phone: 713.639.7300
Website: www.mfah.org

Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles with over 2.5 million people visiting each year.

There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; and 18 acres of public gardens.
A total of 300,000 square feet of space is dedicated to the display of art. The Hirsch Library is one of the largest art libraries in the Southwest.

Community outreach programs touch the lives of more than 670,000 people each year.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The collection contains more than 55,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. The major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa are represented. Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionist works, photographs, American and European decorative arts, African and Pre-Columbian gold, American art, and European and American paintings and sculpture from post-1945 are particularly strong holdings. The museum and the Glassell School of Art present more than thirty changing exhibitions each year. The MFAH has published more than forty scholarly books in the last decade.


The Target Collection of American Photography: A Century in Pictures

On view through February 25, 2007
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

A Century in Pictures presents a selection of 89 photographs by American photographers from the Target Collection of American Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

11th Annual Citywide African-American Art Exhibition

On view through February 28, 2007

The Citywide Exhibition is a community outreach program that showcases emerging African-American artists.

HĂ©lio Oiticica: The Body of Color

On view through April 1, 2007
At the Caroline Wiess Law Building

The exhibition is part of a collaboration between the MFAH and the Projeto Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to document, conserve and exhibit the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980), one of the twentieth century´s most innovative artists.

Past, Present, Future: Documenting Latin American Art at the MFAH

On view through April 8, 2007
At the Caroline Wiess Law Building

This exhibition provides an introduction to resources available through the museum by presenting books and archival material related to the 1987 exhibition of the work of Uruguayan artist JoaquĂ­n Torres GarcĂ­a.

Previous Exhibitions

Norman Rockwell: The Problem We All Live With

On view July 6, 2006 - January 28, 2007
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

This painting is on loan to the MFAH for a limited time.

The Cat´s Meow

On view August 19, 2006 - January 15, 2007
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

An exhibition featuring wonderful representations of artists´ best friends.

For a full list of previous exhibitions please see, http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=exhibition&par1=1&par2=3

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art

On view March 11 - June 10, 2007
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art exhibition showcases one of the finest private collections in the U.S. of modern and contemporary art of Latin America.

The Great Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen

On view April 1 - August 12, 2007
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

The exhibition showcases the extraordinary photographs taken by Chen Changfen of the Great Wall of China, the legendary, discontinuous network of wall segments built by various dynasties to protect China´s northern boundary.

The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art

On view May 13 - September 3, 2007
At the Caroline Wiess Law Building

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

On view September 23, 2007 - January 21, 2008
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection will fully explore the impact of contemporary jewelry as a global art form.

Oudry´s Painted Menagerie

On view October 7, 2007 - January 6, 2008
At the Caroline Wiess Law Building

An exhibition of the paintings of Jean-Baptiste Oudry, the principal animal painter and one of the foremost decorative painters during the first half of Louis XV´s reign.

Pompeo Batoni: "The Best Painter in Italy"

On view October 21, 2007 - January 27, 2008
At the Audrey Jones Beck Building

A major international exhibition of the paintings and drawings of the works of Po...+ [ Read all ]


General Admission

Adult $7
Senior/ youth $3.50
MFAH members Free
Thursdays Free

Free general admission on Thursday is courtesy of a generous gift from the Shell Oil Company Foundation.

Free general admission for children (18 and under) with Houston Public Library PowerCard or Harris County Public Library Card.

Free Admission
• Children (5 and under) and Glassell School students receive free general admission.
• Children (18 and under) with a Houston Public Library PowerCard or any Public Library card receive free general admission on Saturday and Sunday.
• Visiting Cafe Express, Hirsch Library, MFAH Shops, and Glassell School exhibitions does not require paying an admission fee to the MFAH.
• Teachers may visit the Kinder Foundation Teacher Resource Center without paying admission to the MFAH.

The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920
February 4 through May 6, 2007

Prices vary according to day for costs see, http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=plan&par1=2
Admission to The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920 will require a timed-entry ticket that also includes general admission to the museum and an audio tour of the exhibition.

*Museum members will receive complimentary admissions according to their level of membership and may arrange tickets by calling 713-639-7550 or visiting the membership desks in the MFAH lobbies.

For information about free tickets for members and other benefits, visit the Membership Section on our main website.

Group Sales Admissions Information

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Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Closed Monday, except Monday holidays
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Please check the MFAH online calendar for special holiday hours
that may be different from usual hours

Getting there

For detailed information on how to get to the Museum of Fine Art please see, http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=plan&par1=3

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The MFAH presents exciting, engaging, educational, and fun programs for children and adults. There are programs for teachers and students, for visitors in the museum, and for residents of Houston’s neighborhoods.


In addition to visiting the museum's galleries that are filled with artworks representing every era of history, the MFAH offers a wide array of learning experiences for families who visit the museum. Throughout the year, there are activities at the main campus of the museum, as well as at Bayou Bend and Rienzi, including tours, concerts and performances, art-making activities, sketching opportunities, storytelling, and films.

Every Sunday, come enjoy Creation Station, a drop-in studio workshop. Families make their own paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and more-all inspired by art in the museum.



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston offers five summer internships for undergraduate college students.

Learn about careers in museums and about many aspects of museum operations.

Work on a meaningful project under the guidance of an experienced professional.

Develop mentor relationships with museum professionals who can advise and support you as you pursue your educational goals and career plans.

Share experiences within the internship group.

Interns work full-time for ten weeks from June to August, and each student receives a stipend from the museum. At the end of the summer, each intern will give an oral presentation to museum staff and write a paper on his or her project.

Information about upcoming Internship opportunities is available in October for internships the following summer.

Note: All applications for summer 2007 have been received. If you did not apply for a position for this summer please check back next October for summer 2008 positions and application requirements.


Beginning at only $50 a year for an Individual membership, your exclusive privileges include free general admission to the museum, free admission to most exhibitions, invitations to "opening night" preview parties, advance notice of lectures and other programs, a 10% discount on purchases in the MFAH Shops, a complimentary subscription to a bimonthly publication, and much more.

There is a range of memberships available, http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=member&par1=2