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.
American Adversaries offers the remarkable opportunity to see iconic history paintings by Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley together in the same exhibition. Antonio Berni's Juanito and Ramona series has been legendary for decades, yet never before presented in its entirety. The stunning work of Austrian artist and graphic designer Koloman Moser reveals the modern design revolution that swept Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, and Calaveras Mexicanas brings to light the continuing resonance of 19th-century art by José Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Words and Things examines the significance of words in Buddhist practice through an exceptional collection of Japanese objects. 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.
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.