Welcome to the MFAH

Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I hope you find mfah.org an inspiring guide to the wonderful experiences in store for you at the Museum, and I invite you to explore all of the exceptional exhibitions, installations, and virtual programming.

The MFAH is the first venue for the U.S. tour of Afro-Atlantic Histories. This unprecedented exhibition offers an essential re-examination of the colonial history of the Western hemisphere within the vast web of the transatlantic slave trade. The presentation comprises art and documents made in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe, spanning the 17th century to the 21st.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer is the first exhibition devoted to the iconic artist’s photographic practice. Featuring nearly 100 images from a newly examined archive, complemented by paintings and drawings, the presentation premieres at the MFAH before embarking on a national tour. 

The annual Eye on Houston exhibition showcases the work of area high school students who document life in their neighborhoods. Spanish Colonial Paintings features art from the celebrated collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma. Masterworks from the Islamic worlds are on long-term display through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement that installation, two dedicated galleries showcase objects from the Museum’s own growing Art of the Islamic Worlds collection.

We have been especially pleased to introduce Houston—and the world—to the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, dedicated to the first comprehensive display of the Museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. This beautiful facility, and the surrounding plazas, gardens, and commissions, match the growth, diversity, and dynamism of our city. The inaugural exhibition Connecting Currents comprises thematic installations of art from the 1960s to 2020.

When you plan your visits, check the ever-changing calendar of events for activities throughout the Museum, including the Glassell School of Art and our two house museums: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi.

We offer a number of ways to enjoy the Museum for free. For example, MFAH members receive free general admission every day, and Family-level memberships include the children in the household. Children 12 and younger are always admitted free, and on weekends all children receive free general admission when they show their card from any Texas public library. General admission is free for everyone on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.

For me, the Museum is a place of wonder and enlightenment, as I hope it is for you. Please visit often, and say hello when you see me in the galleries.


Gary Tinterow
The Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A Conversation with Gary Tinterow
Watch a series of conversations with Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the Museum, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.