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 here at the Museum, and I am delighted to invite you to explore all of the exceptional exhibitions and installations.

We are honored to present Peacock in the Desert, featuring centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India. Our landmark partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust brings to Houston masterpieces and relics—never before seen beyond palace walls—that provide an unprecedented experience of India’s rich cultural history.

Michelangelo and the Vatican illuminates a key moment in the history of European art through the artistic legacy of Pope Paul III, who is remembered as an avid patron of the arts and architecture. We are grateful to our colleagues at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, for sharing their exceptional collection with us.

Several exhibitions salute the generosity of remarkable collectors. In the Law Building, Reflection and Enlightenment presents Chinese Buddhist gilt bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection. In the Beck Building, Passion for Perfection features works from the Straus Collection of Renaissance art, and Spanish Colonial Paintings offers a selection from the Thoma Collection. At Rienzi, Extravagant Objects comprises jewelry and objets d’art from the Masterson Collection.

Masterworks of art from the Islamic worlds are on long-term display through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement the installation, two dedicated galleries showcase objects from the Museum’s own growing Art of the Islamic Worlds collection.

Works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. Take advantage of the ever-changing calendar of events brimming with activities for all ages 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, the Lunch + Look program provides free same-day general admission on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. with your receipt from the MFA Café or the day’s food truck. Museum 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.

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, Director
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.