Summer Fun at the MFAH

Welcome! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the place to be this summer, with activities for all ages—adults and kids alike. You'll find wonderful opportunities to connect with and explore the world of art through gallery programs, guided tours, art-making, films, and more. The MFAH is especially lively on Thursdays, when general admission is free and the Museum is open late.

► General Tips for All Visitors
► Visiting Tool Kit for Families
► Parking Info
Enjoying the Museum for Free

See & Do Something New Every Day!
In addition to the ideas below, check the online calendar often for a look at all the possibilities.

Explore the Art

Lose yourself in the Museum's art collections, and explore the wonderful variety of special exhibitions, including:

Cosmic Dialogues: Selections from the Latin American Collection May 14–August 23
Shadow Monsters May 23–November 1
• Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections June 14–September 13

 ► See all exhibitions on view.

Bring the Family

Discover everything the Museum has to offer with these programs and activities for families! Check the calendar for more information.

 Sunday Family Zone and Studio at the MFAH Sundays, 1–4 p.m.

• Summer Art Explorers at the MFAH Thursdays in June & July, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

• Detective Days at Bayou Bend Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sundays, 1–4 p.m.

• Family Programs at Rienzi Selected Wednesdays & Sundays in June & July

 Meet Max, the Knight at the Museum Thursdays–Sundays, through August, in "Habsburg Splendor"

Let's Go to the Movies

See a movie on the big screen! The MFAH presents the best in cinema year-round, and the Museum's Brown Auditorium Theater is the perfect place to beat the summer heat.

See the schedule & get tickets.

Time for Lunch

Fuel your outing with a stop at the Museum's on-site café, open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday.

Plus, you can check to see which of the different daily food trucks are parked next to Cullen Sculpture Garden. Or try any of the other nearby restaurants.

On weekdays, bring your lunch receipt from the Museum's café or food truck to any admissions desk and receive free same-day general admission from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Enter the Museum during those hours, and stay as long as you wish, until closing time.

Visit Bayou Bend

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts, is set amidst 14 acres of beautiful gardens in the historic River Oaks neighborhood.

 For more about Bayou Bend, visit or call 713.639.7750.

Discover Rienzi

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, sits on four acres of wooded gardens in River Oaks. In addition to tours and other special events, in June and July Rienzi offers Storytime Tours for children as well as art workshops for the whole family.

 For more about Rienzi, visit or call 713.639.7800. Rienzi is closed in August.

Check It Out! More for Families

Make your visit a great experience for the entire family.

Visiting the MFAH on Thursday?
Read up on some handy tips!

Looking for fun gallery activities?
► Visit the Kinder Foundation Education Center to discover the possibilities. 

Interested in more family programs?
► Visit the online calendar for year-round activities.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail for more information.