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 most events, you may secure tickets in advance. Pricing varies, with many tickets being free on Thursday and free with Museum admission on other days. For details about tickets to each event, click on the dates below or visit

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Yoga Talk & Practice “The Application of Yoga in Daily Life: A Research-Based Presentation”

Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Shirley Telles MBBS, PhD, D.Sc., director of research, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India

“The English Country House: Then and Now”

Saturday, September 6, 10:15 a.m.

Artful Thursday: “Downton Abbey” and Houghton Hall—Alike or Not?

Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by St. John Flynn, arts & culture director, Houston Public Media; and Helen Mann, former vice consul for press and public affairs, British Consulate. Flynn and Mann are cohosts of “Manor of Speaking” on Houston Public Media

Lecture & Demonstration “Caring for Your Silver”

Saturday, September 13, 1 p.m.
Presented by Steve Pine, senior decorative arts conservator
Audrey Jones Beck Building, Mezzanine Level

American Friends of Attingham Public Lecture “Generations of Collecting at Houghton Hall”

Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m.
Presented by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi

Yoga Talk and Practice “An Introduction to ‘The Yoga Sūtras’ and the Practice of Pranayama (Breathing) and Meditation”

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Visharupa N, director, VYASA—Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Houston

Inside the MFAH “Connoisseurship: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?”

Friday, September 26, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art

Exhibition Celebration “Spirited Impressions: A Kinder Foundation Education Center Exhibition”

Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m.
Kinder Foundation Gallery, Caroline Wiess Law Building

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “On [Hair]Pins and Needles: Roman Hairstyles”

Sunday, September 28, 3 p.m.
Presented by Janet Stephens, hairdresser and archaeologist

Inside the MFAH “Silver: An American Art”

Friday, October 3, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi

Inside the MFAH “Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today”

Friday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Anne Wilkes Tucker, The Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography

Inside the MFAH “Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art”

Friday, October 17, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Chelsea Dacus, assistant curator, The Glassell Collections, and the Arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Antiquities

“Remember Ben Clayton”: A Conversation with Author Stephen Harrigan

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Presented by author Stephen Harrigan and Mimi Swartz, executive editor, Texas Monthly.

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

See a list of lectures in the 2011 "Impressionists" series, including many links to videos.