Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits are perfect for teachers who want to lead their own tours of the Museum. Groups are welcome to explore the MFAH art collections and any nonticketed exhibitions. All visits are free of charge with two weeks' advance registration. Register online for a self-guided visit today!

Teachers and chaperones, please review our chaperone tips before your visit.


What to Do During a Self-Guided Visit

The MFAH offers resources to assist you as you guide your group through the galleries. From sketching supplies to downloadable resources, these options help deepen students' experiences with art.

With so much to see, how do you choose? Focus your students' experience with the following downloadable resources, which will guide you in selecting works of art to see on a self-guided visit.

The Power of Objects
Designed for secondary school students, this resource engages students in thinking about the many ways in which objects are powerful. Print a copy for each educator and chaperone in your group to use in the galleries as they guide students.

The Artist's Toolbox
Designed for elementary school students, this resources explores a few of the many “tools” in the Artist’s Toolbox, such as scale, color, line, shape, figures, setting, and emphasis. The Artist’s Toolbox includes a pack of gallery activities—such as creating a composition, exploring a work of art using the five senses, and sketching—that encourage students to look closely and think creatively about what they see. Print the Artist’s Toolbox before your visit and share with the educators and chaperones who will lead your group. E-mail resource@mfah.org at least two weeks in advance to reserve the packs which will be delivered to you at check-in on the day of your visit.

What to See in an Hour
Any age group will enjoy seeing these highlighted works of art in the MFAH collections. Be sure to pick up a Museum map upon arrival. Please note that all works on the guide may not be on view when you visit.

Cullen Sculpture Garden Tour
Enjoy exploring the always-free Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden with a self-guided resource for all ages. Please note that all works on the guide may not be on view when you visit.

Sketching in the Galleries on a Self-Guided Visit
Sketching from original works of art encourages students to look closely, while recording ideas and observations for further exploration in the classroom or studio. The Kinder Foundation Education Center provides free sketching materials to self-guided groups. To arrange to pick up sketching paper, hardboards, and pencils for your students at check-in, e-mail resource@mfah.org two weeks before you visit. Please note that all self-guided materials are for in-museum use only.

Explore more gallery resources in the Kinder Foundation Education Center.


The MFAH School Tour program receives generous funding from ExxonMobil.
Additional support is provided by the Junior League of Houston, Inc.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.