The Museum offers intimate guided tours for groups of 10 or more. Group tours include a one-hour tour of the topic of your choice, discounts at The MFAH Shop, and all-day Museum admission. Select a topic from the list below to include on your reservation request. Request a reservation for your group today.
Tours of the Museum Collections
Looking for a more focused tour? Choose from the themes and collections below:
An Architectural History of the MFAH
The original Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, building was the first art museum to be built in the state, resulting in a 75-year legacy of architectural design. Learn about the Museum‛s history by exploring the campus’s architectural designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, and Rafael Moneo.
American Painting & Sculpture
See how American art reveals fascinating stories of U.S. history and traditions as you tour the Museum’s collection of 18th- to 20th-century American paintings and sculpture. Stroll through the galleries and view fine examples by William Merritt Chase, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent, and other noted artists.
Antiquities of Egypt, Greece, and Rome
Take a journey through three of history’s great cultures in the Museum‛s collection of antiquities. Explore tales of the mythological gods of Greece and Rome, and discover the symbolism of Egyptian artifacts.
Arts of Asia
Discover Asian art from five geographic areas: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea. Bridge the past with the present while viewing ancient works from 2400 BC to contemporary objects of the 21st century.
Byzantine Masterpieces of the MFAH
Discover the beautifully detailed works in the Museum‛s Byzantine and Medieval art collection. Paintings, small figures, and devotional works offer a view into a past filled with dramatic artistic and religious changes.
Highlights of Italian Renaissance
Explore the galleries of the Museum’s Italian Renaissance and discover Canaletto’s views of the Grand Canal of Venice, and the brilliant colors of Botticelli’s nativity.
Highlights of the MFAH
Explore some of the best-known and best-loved works of art in the Museum collections in this one-hour guided tour. Browse 100 Highlights of the MFAH for a glimpse at Museum favorites.
Impressionist Masterpieces of the MFAH
Explore the Museum’s remarkable Beck Collection of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and early Modernism. Experience works of art expressed through color and light, and see the dynamic brushwork of artists including Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Guided Tour Fees for MFAH Collections
$16 Seniors 65+
$14 Youths 13–18
$14 Children 12 & under
Special Exhibition Tours
Guided group tour prices for special exhibitions are the same as guided group tours for the MFAH permanent collection unless noted below.
Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art
October 16, 2014–March 22, 2015
Since the dawn of time, people have been fascinated by animals, which played significant roles in religion and society throughout the ancient world. Come explore the symbolic meanings of remarkable creatures from the Museum's Pre-Columbian collection.
A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum's Collection
November 1, 2014–March 8, 2015
The first in a series of installations tracing the course of photography from its invention to the present day showcases important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces. Featured artists include Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Thomas Ruff, and Edward Steichen.
Line: Making the Mark
December 12, 2014–March 22, 2015
Explore the ways that artists utilize line in their works throughout Modernism in the 20th century. Line: Making Mark features 50 drawings and prints from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including works by Robert Motherwell, Richard Serra, and Sam Messenger.
February 15, 2015–May 10, 2015
In the early 1620s, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens completed one of his greatest achievements: designing the Triumph of the Eucharist tapestries. View four of the original silk and wool tapestries along with a series of preparatory works in this stunning exhibition.
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979
March 7, 2015–July 12, 2015
This groundbreaking exhibition presents some 250 works that survey how 29 Japanese artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of radical societal change. The exhibition sheds light on the intense search for new directions in Japanese art and photography in the 1960s and 1970s.