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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Cars + Cocktails

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.


Deeply Mozart

Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.
Presented by Francesco Attesti, pianist; and Helga K. Aurisch, curator, European art, and organizing curator of  “High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter”


Your Brain on Art: Understanding the Brain in Creative Action and Context

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, professor, electrical and computer engineering, University of Houston


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

Monday, May 16, 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”


Kinder Institute Forum Lecture “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.


Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “The Womb of Culture: African Maternity Imagery Through the Ages”

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Herbert Cole, PhD, professor emeritus of art history, University of California, Santa Barbara


Fashion Fusion

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.


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

Monday, May 23, 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”