Research and Resources
Hirsch Library for Art Research and the MFAH Archives
Located in the Law Building, the Hirsch Library is one of the largest art research libraries in the Southwest. Make an appointment, and a helpful research librarian can assist in finding everything you need among the thousands of resources available. You may also visit their website to browse the online catalog, as well as access records kept by the MFAH Archives, including photographs, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, architectural drawings, and correspondence.
Kinder Foundation Education Center
The MFAH Education department also offers a wide array of resources to help you and your students. Visit the Kinder Foundation Education Center in the Law Building, or explore the easily accessible KFEC resources online. Don’t miss the opportunity to download research materials and check out books, DVDs, images, posters, and more—free of charge.
Works on Paper Study Center
Instructors interested in specific works not on view may make an appointment to see art in the Works on Paper Study Center, the only facility of its kind in the Southwest. The Works on Paper Study Center is open by appointment and is available for groups of up to 20 to view works from the MFAH collections of Photography and Works on Paper.
Research opportunities are available in many different locations at the MFAH.
Cost for Students
If your students need to complete an assignment, they will receive free general admission if they show their student IDs and the assignment instructions. Otherwise, general museum admission is only $5 with a student ID. Admission is free every Thursday, thanks to the Shell Oil Company Foundation. Additionally, students 18 and younger receive free general admission on Saturday and Sunday with a Houston Public Library PowerCard or a Harris County Public Library card.
University Membership Program
This is an annual membership program for area colleges and universities, available for the entire school or specific departments. The program offers free admission, discounts, and special events for undergraduate students enrolled in participating schools. Click here to find out whether your students are eligible or to find out more information on how to join the program.
Book a Tour
Interested in showing your students around the MFAH on your own? Fill out an online self-guided tour request. To receive free admission, submit requests at least 2 weeks in advance.
Interested in booking a docent-guided tour for your students? Download the college tour request form. To receive free admission, submit requests at least 4 weeks in advance.