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 mfah.org/calendar.

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Art + Wine “Cheers! The British Taste for Wine”

Thursday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by curator Christine Gervais & Benjamin Roberts, wine educator
Audrey Jones Beck Building, Mezzanine Level


Master Tours “Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House”

Monday, July 28, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Led by director Gary Tinterow


John Singer Sargent and the Sassoons: The Story of an Artist and His Patrons

Friday, July 25, 6 p.m.
Presented by Kaylin Weber, assistant curator, American paintings and sculpture



William Kent: Designing for the Grand Tour Taste

Friday, August 1, 6 p.m.
Presented by Julius Bryant, keeper of word & image, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Master Tours “Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House”

Monday, August 4, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Led by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi


Artful Thursday “Archipenko’s Berlin: The Roaring Twenties”

Thursday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Anna Tahinci, PhD, professor and head of art history, Glassell School of Art


Paris: Becoming the City of Light

Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m.
Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European art



Art + Wine “Cheers! The British Taste for Wine”

Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by curator Christine Gervais & Benjamin Roberts, wine educator
Audrey Jones Beck Building, Mezzanine Level

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



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

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


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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