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.

Alberto Giacometti was a defining artist of modernism and of the 20th century. Unfolding in thematic sections, the exhibition Toward the Ultimate Figure brilliantly explores Giacometti’s creative process to illuminate how he came to produce his iconic figures.

The national tour of Portrait of Courage: Gentileschi, Wiley, and the Story of Judith brings two paintings of the same subject—one by a woman, one by a man—separated by 400 years. Artemisia Gentileschi’s compelling masterpiece is paired with Kehinde Wiley’s brilliant reinterpretation of the legend of Judith and Holofernes.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Museo del Oro in Bogotá and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia. This groundbreaking exhibition showcases the brilliance of ancient Colombian cultures through timeless messages about the relationship between man and nature.

A special highlight has been introducing Houston—and the world—to the 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 presentation 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.