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 privileged to partner with London’s National Portrait Gallery for Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol. This unprecedented exhibition brings you face-to-face with fascinating figures of royalty spanning five centuries of the British monarchy. 

Contesting Modernity explores the richness and significance of the Informalism movement in Venezuela. In a groundbreaking presentation, important works of art are on view in the United States for the first time, thanks to our partnership with Colección Mercantil Arte y Cultura in Caracas.

The world-renowned—and rarely displayed—17th-century Wagner Garden Carpet comes to Houston in Garden Paradise, which includes a selection of objects from the collection of Kuwait-based Hossein Afshar. Masterworks of art from the Islamic worlds are also 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.

Kindred Spirits throws fresh light on two extraordinary artists who have had a major impact on Houston’s cultural scene: Dorothy Hood and Louise Nevelson. In addition, works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. Among the focused exhibitions on view are Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking SuburbiaA History of Photography; and Mending: Craft and Community.

When you plan your visits, 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.