Guided Group Tour Topics

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 MFA Shop, and all-day Museum admission. Select a topic from the list below to include on your reservation request. Request your tour for permanent collections or regularly priced special exhibitions. Specially priced, ticketed exhibitions have separate request forms, as noted below.

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
$19 Adults
$16 Seniors 65+
$14 Youths 13–18
$14 Children 12 & under


Tours of Special Exhibitions

Prices for guided group tours of most special exhibitions are the same as for guided group tours of the MFAH collections. The only exception is an additional charge for ticketed exhibitions, marked with an asterisk (*).


High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter
April 17–August 14, 2016
This comprehensive exhibition displays Winterhalter’s elegant portraits of 19th-century European aristocracy, complemented by select items of clothing by sought-after fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth and several of Worth's contemporaries.

Request a tour for High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter