Welcome to the MFAH

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.

Gaze in wonder at brilliant paintings and monumental tapestries by Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens in an unparalleled exhibition: Spectacular Rubens reunites the panel paintings he created for the Triumph of the Eucharist series with four of the original tapestries.

Two exhibitions look at fascinating aspects of art from Japan. The groundbreaking survey For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography sheds new light on artistic practices from 1968 to 1979, a period of radical societal change. Unfolding Worlds: Japanese Screens and Contemporary Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection showcases a remarkable selection of paintings and decorative arts that reveal three centuries of artistic traditions and styles. 

We are also pleased to share masterworks of art from the Islamic world through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement the expanded installation now on view, two dedicated galleries feature objects from the Museum’s own growing Arts of the Islamic World collection. Another collaboration—the annual Eye on Houston exhibition—offers a unique look at the diversity of our city through photographs by students from local high schools.

Works from the collection of art historian Alice C. Simkins are on view in American Modern, which surveys the brilliant innovations of artists including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. We Live in Mannerist Times brings to Houston the exquisite drawings of Pablo Bronstein, whose fantastical architectural renderings contemplate and reimagine history. 

Works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. A Photographer’s Collection celebrates the gift to the Museum of a rich variety of images from Houston photographer Michael Marvins and his wife, Michele. Our series highlighting Modern and Contemporary Art features major paintings and sculptures that span the early 1900s to the present.

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. Children 12 and younger are always admitted free, and 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

Watch a series of conversations with Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the Museum, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.