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.

The Museum is the sole U.S. venue for Mark Rothko: A Retrospective, with more than 60 paintings that trace the development of Mark Rothko's signature style. Seeing these works in Houston, home of the Rothko Chapel, allows our visitors to take in the full range of Rothko's achievement in the same city as his most acclaimed and enduring public commission.

Drawn primarily from the Museum's permanent collection, Contingent Beauty demonstrates the breadth of our contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. Major works by artists from Cuba, Mexico, and South America use seductive and engaging materials to convey social, political, and environmental concerns.

Two photography exhibitions are especially intriguing. Roman Vishniac Rediscovered looks at Roman Vishniac's radically diverse body of work and for the first time establishes him as one of the great modernists and social-documentary photographers of the 20th century. Vera Lutter: Inverted Worlds presents an eerie parallel universe through Vera Lutter's mysterious—and monumental—negative prints.

Pleasure and Piety allows us to introduce the fascinating vision of late-Renaissance artist Joachim Wtewael, a remarkable storyteller and a great master of the Dutch Golden Age, to a wide audience.

We are also pleased to share masterworks of art from the Islamic worlds 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 Worlds collection.

Works from the MFAH 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 Museum's café or on-site food truck. 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.