Start a conversation
Whether you came with a friend, a group of people, or by yourself, try striking up a conversation with another person about the works of art you find. You also might want to drop in and join a museum tour to listen and talk about art with an experienced docent. Art is a wonderful catalyst for stimulating discussion and exchanging ideas.
The MFAH is a big place, and even with a map you may have trouble finding your way around. Feel free to stop by any of the visitor services desks, or ask a security guard if you need help finding a gallery or a specific work of art.
Slow down and look
Most people spend less than 30 seconds looking at a work of art, but interesting things can happen when you give a work more time. What about 10 minutes, or an hour? You might be surprised at the thoughts, ideas, and conversations that emerge. Try spending more time in fewer galleries. It would take many hours to see the 6,000 objects on display, so it’s fun to slow down and have a deeper looking experience with a handful of artworks.
How close is too close?
The best part of coming to the MFAH is the chance to look at original works of art, but getting too close to an object can lead to accidental damage. A general rule of thumb is to allow about 12 to 18 inches between you and the work of art while keeping your hands behind your back. Preserving works of art is part of the museum's core mission. It takes a lot of work to care for an object for thousands of years!
Bring a pencil
You are encouraged to take notes or sketch while you’re in the galleries, but avoid using a pen. Ink is difficult to remove from surfaces, especially from works of art.