Audio Tours

Museum audio tours offer a variety of seasonal guides developed and narrated by curators and conservators for visitors' self-directed learning experiences. Tour the MFAH art collections and temporary exhibitions at your own pace.

New material, including tours in Spanish, is added on a continual basis. All tours are available in the lobbies for a single daily rental of $5, or $4 for Museum members.

The MFAH Collections

Beyond the Surface
Explore the mysteries and stories behind the Museum's art collections as told by the conservators, who are charged with preserving these works for the future. From vases to sculpture to paintings to installation pieces—pick and choose as you go, from a selection of 30 objects. Available in both English and Spanish.


Mark Rothko: A Retrospective
September 20, 2015–January 24, 2016
Notable Houstonians—artists, curators, and cultural leaders—offer impressions and insights into the profound works on view in the exhibition. Two musical stops, provided by Da Camera and the Houston Symphony, complement the installation. Available in both English and Spanish.
Limited-time offer! On weekdays, receive one free audio tour ticket with the purchase of one exhibition ticket. Simply show your exhibition ticket Tuesday through Friday at any admissions desk or the entry of the exhibition to receive your free audio tour, while supplies last.

Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638)
November 1, 2015–January 31, 2016

James Clifton, cocurator of the exhibition, and Dena Woodall, associate curator of prints and drawings, offer insights into Wtewael’s approach to storytelling. The guide includes excerpts from the Bible and Ovid’s Metamorphoses that Wtewael brought to life in his dramatic, colorful, and witty paintings.