Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I hope you find mfah.org an inspiring guide to the wonderful experiences in store for you here at the Museum, and I am delighted to invite you to explore all of the exceptional exhibitions and installations on view.
Experience one of the greatest artists of the 20th century: Georges Braque. The Museum is the sole U.S. venue for the definitive retrospective of his extraordinary career.
The landmark traveling exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors unites—for the first time—the two most significant collections of this bravura artist's dazzling watercolor paintings, from the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The Age of Impressionism, a spectacular showcase of masterpieces from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, offers a rare opportunity to see some of the most renowned works in the history of 19th-century French painting. Beyond Craft presents a remarkable group of decorative arts in the first major exhibition of the visionary Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection. We are also pleased to share with Houston outstanding masterworks from Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection, one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world.
Three fascinating photography exhibitions look at life both globally and locally: Made for Magazines surveys iconic 20th-century images created for the printed page; Bureaucratics focuses on office workers in eight different countries; and Eye on Houston features photographs by high-school students that celebrate the diversity of our city's neighborhoods.
As you may know, works from the Museum's collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. Take advantage of the ever-changing calendar of events brimming with activities for all ages throughout the Museum, including the Glassell School of Art and our two house museums: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi.
We offer a number of ways to enjoy the Museum for free. For example, the Lunch + Look program provides free same-day general admission on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. with your receipt from the on-site food truck or Cafe Express. Museum Members receive free general admission every day, and Family-level memberships include the children in the household. On weekends, all children receive free general admission when they show their card from any Texas public library. General admission is free for everyone on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.
For me, the Museum is a place of wonder and enlightenment, as I hope it is for you. Please visit often, and say hello when you see me in the galleries.
Gary Tinterow, Director
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
A Conversation with Gary Tinterow
Click here for a series of conversations with MFAH director Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the MFAH, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.