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.

We are 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.

Our summer series of immersive, contemporary exhibitions continues with SunForceOceanLife, created for the MFAH. Ernesto Neto has captivated audiences around the world with his multi-sensory, structural environments—each one unique. This monumental, site-specific commission is a major addition to our collection.

The MFAH is privileged to be the only U.S. venue for Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism, featuring works on paper from the magnificent collection of late philanthropist Georges Bemberg. The exhibition places nearly all of the Modern French masters in context—Bonnard, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Morisot, and Renoir, among many others.

Also on view this summer, for the first time, is the incomparable collection of Fayez S. Sarofim. Three Centuries of American Art – Antiquities, European and American Masterpieces comprises American masterworks by artists such as Cassatt, Hopper, and Sargent, along with the work of international artists who paved the way, and Egyptian antiquities.

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.

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.