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Research Guides

Need to conduct research on a work of art in the museum's collection? Try starting with one of the library's research guides. Especially targeted to beginning students of art history, these guides will help identify published sources related to works from the MFAH art collections and general art topics. 

The research guides listed below are available for download in PDF format.

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The Hirsch Library is open free of charge to all individuals interested in visual-arts research.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, 12 noon–5 p.m.
Sunday, closed
Monday, closed to visitors; service available by phone or e-mail
Hours and closures vary around holidays, including New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call or e-mail for more details.

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Houston, TX 77265-6826

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The MFAH Hirsch Library is generously endowed through the Estates of Winifred and Maurice Hirsch.

The library also receives generous funding from Mr. William J. Hill.