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.

British artist Francis Bacon is among the most compelling figures of the 20th century, and we are profoundly pleased to partner with the Centre Pompidou in Paris to bring to the United States Francis Bacon: Late Paintings. This landmark survey focuses on his enduring commitment to the power of painting.

Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library spans 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture through paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, maps, textiles, porcelains, metalwork, jewelry, and more. This internationally touring exhibition, from our partners at the Hispanic Society, is spectacular.

Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection examines Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design through furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other objects. We are grateful to Dennis Freedman for the extraordinary opportunity to make this exhibition possible, through his gifts to the MFAH and the acquisition of key objects from his collection.

Works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. Highlights include Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography from the Museum’s Collection and Proof of Concept: Artistic Process in Contemporary Printmaking.

Spanish Colonial Paintings features a selection of works from the celebrated collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma. Masterworks of art 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, 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, 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.