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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

  • 1001 Bissonnet Street
    Houston TX 77005
  • Neighborhood:Museum District
  • Phone: (713) 639-7300

Founded in 1900, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's collection numbers more than 56,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.

Admission is free all day on Thursdays.

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MFAH Collections
Visitors should check in advance to see which collections are on view.

African Art
The masks, figures, hats, and knives in the museum´s collection span some 2,500 years, from Nigeria´s early Nok culture, the first in all of sub-Saharan Africa to produce sculpture, to the mid-1900s.

The Glassell Collection of African Gold
Comprising more than 800 pieces, the Glassell Collection of African Gold contains exquisite works primarily from the royal courts of the Akan peoples of Ghana and Côte d´Ivoire. Assembled over many years, the Glassell Collection is considered the finest of its kind anywhere in the world and is the only substantial collection of African gold in an American museum.

American Sculpture and Painting
A particular strength of American art at the MFAH is 19th-century landscape painting, with fine examples by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and others reflecting the allure of the American wilderness.

Masterworks by Frederic Remington
The works in the MFAH collection highlight Remington´s achievements as the creator of an enduring archetype: the American cowboy.

The ancient Egyptian works include a spectacular polychrome coffin of Pedi-Osiris and a rare blue faience sculpture of the god Thoth as a baboon.

Asian Art
The works of art range from a Chinese vessel made about 2400 B.C. to contemporary Japanese ceramics made in the 1990s. In October 2010 the museum opened the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery to showcase its growing collection of Chinese works. Objects in the gallery, which was designed to reflect a distinct Chinese aesthetic, range from those created in the ancient Zhou and Shang dynasties to modern installations featuring video. The museum’s Arts of Japan Gallery opened in February 2012, marking the completion of the MFAH’s Arts of Asia galleries in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. The Arts of Japan Gallery space reflects a singularly Japanese aesthetic of beauty and quiet elegance. Custom-designed Toshiba LED lighting illuminates artworks displayed in vitrine cases designed by Glasbau Hahn (of Germany). The gallery showcases the museum’s permanent Japanese art collection and display loans and temporary exhibits from other collections.

The Glassell Collection of Indonesian Gold
One of the largest gatherings of Indonesian gold displayed in an American museum, the collection contains rare and outstanding objects from the most important island cultures of Indonesia, where gold jewelry and ritual objects are crucial to the structure and meaning of life.

Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art
This collection, which consists of the finest examples of geometric abstraction in paintings, constructions, drawings, posters, and graphic materials by Brazil’s foremost artists of the post-World War II era, has long been regarded as a brilliant window into the seminal decades of Brazil’s modernization.

Decorative Arts
The museum´s collection of modern and contemporary decorative arts focuses on the major decorative arts movements with examples of exceptional design, craftsmanship, and originality.

European Painting and Sculpture
Early Christian art at the MFAH includes an important ivory figure of God the Father and a Late Gothic Virgin and Child by the workshop of Niclaus Weckman the Elder.

The Blaffer Foundation Collection
Five galleries in the Beck Building are devoted to presenting this outstanding collection of European art. The highlights include works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Longhi, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and Jean-Baptiste Oudry.

This area of the collection features key works by Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Édouard Vuillard. Fine examples of early Modern painting include distinct canvases by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger.

The Beck Collection
The John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection focuses on the revolutionary Paris art movements of the late 19th and 20th centuries—from Impressionism and Pointillism to Fauvism and Cubism.

Latin American Art
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is strategically positioned to be an international leader in Latin American art. Since 1927, the museum has presented 34 exhibitions of Latin American art, 11 in the past 20 years. The museum´s collection includes more than 760 modern and contemporary Latin American works and more than 2,500 Pre-Columbian objects. Building on this momentum and commitment, in 2001 the MFAH became the home of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA). The center, the only one of its kind in the world, serves as both a curatorial department and a resource center within the museum.

Modern and Contemporary Art
Early Modern art, including Cubist works by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger, as well as works by Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, and Piet Mondrian, are on view in the Beck Building.

The Art of Texas
Today the museum´s collection of Texas art consists of more than 2,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs.

Native American Art
The Southwest component presents an unbroken visual history of the Pueblo peoples of northern Arizona and New Mexico from prehispanic times to the mid-20th century.

Oceanic Art
The collection´s primary strength is in Melanesian works, particularly from the Sepik River region of New Guinea, with a secondary strength in Australian bark paintings.

The collection illustrates the evolution of early-20th-century photographic styles, beginning with photographs that imitate romantic painting styles, such as Edward Steichen´s early images. The MFAH has especially important works made in the 1920s and 1930s by American, French, English, German, Czech, and Soviet artists. 

Pre-Columbian Art
The greatest strength of the museum´s Pre-Columbian collection lies in works of the Maya and the cultures of West Mexico.

The Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold
This rare collection of Pre-Columbian gold includes gold objects that were created as personal ornaments to adorn the face and body, as well as ritual objects, like drinking cups for ceremonies and masks for burials.

Prints and Drawings
Of particular interest are 100 early German woodcuts and engravings, including 35 by Albrecht Dürer, and groups of prints by Rembrandt and by Jacques Bellange.

Textiles and Costume
Holdings reflect the tastes of Houston´s keenly fashionable women and include designers such as Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, and Oscar de la Renta. In addition, the museum´s selection of English and haute-couture French fashions contains important examples from Liberty, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madame Grès.

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  • Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Sunday 12:15 p.m.–7 p.m.
    *Closed Monday, except Monday holidays
  • Admission: Adults: $13
    Seniors (65+): $8
    Students with ID, children (6-18) and Military with ID: $6
    Children 5 and under: Free
    FREE general admission on Thursdays (does not include specially ticketed exhibitions)
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 14
  • Banquet Capacity: 400
  • Reception Capacity: 1,000
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Rm. Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
North Foyer - Caroline Wiess Law Building X                       250  
Cullinan Hall X                   400     750  
Brown Pavilion Galleries X                   150     300  
Blaffer and Sterling Galleries X                   50     100  
ExxonMobil Information Center X                   120     200  
Cullen Foundation Plaza X                   180     800  
ExxonMobil Information Center Lobby & Cullen Foundation Plaza X                       1000  
Janice and Robert C. McNair Gallery X                   80     100  
John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection Galleries X                   60     75  
Shell Oil Company Foundation Gallery X                   30     50  
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Collection Galleries X                   120     150  
Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden X                   200     450  
Brown Auditorium X           350              
Freed Auditorium X           135              

Happy Hour Thursdays at MFAH

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • July 04, 2013 (Recurring weekly on Thursday)

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts Happy Hour Thursdays each week. MFAH admission is always free on Thursdays thanks to Shell and from 6 to 8 pm you'll e... View Details

The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

  • Location: Beck Building
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • December 22, 2013 - May 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The acclaimed international tour of The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute concludes in H... View Details

Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th-Century Photographs

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • February 09, 2014 - May 04, 2014

Celebrating the heyday of magazines, this exhibition explores the significant types of photographs made for the printed page. Photographs have come... View Details

Georges Braque: A Retrospective

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • February 13, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Georges Braque (1882-1963) has been characterized as the most celebrated and least understood artist of the 20th century. Although Braque's late pain... View Details

John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • March 02, 2014 - May 26, 2014

John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors explores this bravura painter's practice of working in watercolor, a medium that has traditionally been viewed a... View Details

Design Fair 2014 Lecture: In Praise of Man-Made Nature, Karrie Jacobs

  • Location: United States
  • Address: 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
  • April 23, 2014 - April 23, 2014

The real lesson of New York City's celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities tha... View Details

Soto: The Houston Penetrable

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
  • May 08, 2014 - September 01, 2014

Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this spring and summer will become part of one of the great marvels of contemporary art: one of Venezue... View Details

Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005
  • June 22, 2014 - September 22, 2014

The exhibition marks the first time the renowned collection of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley, housed at Houghton Hall, the family estate in Norfolk,... View Details