Events & Programs for Adults

The Museum offers a wide range of lectures, concerts, readings, performances, symposia, films, and more in Brown Auditorium Theater, designed by renowned Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Often, the programs are followed by receptions with the opportunity for the audience to meet the speakers, authors, performers, and other special guests.

For many events, you may order tickets in advance. Pricing varies, with some programs being free on Thursday and free with Museum admission on other days. For specifics about each event, use the links below or visit mfah.org/calendar.

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Questions? E-mail lectures@mfah.org


Classical Music in the Galleries

Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3, 3 & 4 p.m.
Presented by musicans of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston



Classical Music in the Galleries

Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10, 3 & 4 p.m.
Presented by musicans of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston


Winterhalter: The Ultimate Court Painter

Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m.
Led by Helga K. Aurisch, curator, European art, and organizing curator of  “High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter”


Armchair Travel film series “Munch from the Munch Museum and National Museum, Oslo”

Thursday, July 28 & Sunday, July 31, 3 p.m.


Charles Frederick Worth: Fashion’s First Superstar

Saturday, July 30, 4 p.m.
Presented by Caroline Rennolds Milbank, independent fashion historian and curator, and author of “Fashion: A Timeline in Photographs 1850 to Today”


Exclusive Tours “High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter”

Monday, August 8, 3 & 6:30 p.m.
Led by Helga K. Aurisch, curator, European art, and organizing curator of  “High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter”


Armchair Travel film series “Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern”

Thursday, August 11 & Sunday, August 14, 3 p.m.


Armchair Travel film series “Renoir: Revered and Reviled”

Thursday, August 25 & Sunday, August 28, 3 p.m.