For the safety of our visitors and staff, the MFAH continues to require face masks/coverings. Advance timed tickets are recommended.

Welcome to the MFAH

Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I hope you find 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.

Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature offers just what we need right now. It is impossible to visit this exhibition without a smile, and we are delighted to collaborate with David Hockney and the Van Gogh Museum to bring this remarkable pairing to Houston. Please take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity to see the work of visionary artists David Hockney and Vincent van Gogh side-by-side.

Over the past 100 years, lighting design has both transformed our daily life and influenced major design movements. Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting features novel creations that blend advances in technology with artistic expression, showcasing innovative design in the everyday.

Our first exhibition devoted exclusively to internationally renowned Cuban American artist Carmen Herrera, Structuring Surfaces profiles her prolific career, which spans nine decades and expanded the boundaries of geometric abstraction.

Between Sea and Sky: Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond showcases selections from the outstanding Hossein Afshar Collection, on view together with iconic blue and white works from the full range of the MFAH collections.

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.