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.
The MFAH is one of only two venues for the unique and illuminating Picasso Black and White, an exhibition the New York Times calls "as eye-opening as it is elegant." The famed Cyrus Cylinder, a touchstone of civilization, comes to Houston from the British Museum on a limited U.S. tour. We are also pleased to bring you outstanding masterworks from Kuwait’s legendary al-Sabah Collection, one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world. The sculptural pieces in Three Decades of West Coast Ceramics showcase an aesthetic shift in design that changed international ceramic art forever, and the focus turns local for Eye on Houston, which captures the perspectives of talented young photographers at Cesar E. Chavez High School and Jack Yates High School.
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 the 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 daily Lunch + Look program provides free same-day general admission 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.