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 on view.

Degas: A New Vision shows that Edgar Degas is one of the greatest artists who ever lived. The Museum is the only U.S. venue for this major retrospective that assembles some 200 works from collections around the world, demonstrating the breadth of Degas’s interests across painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

We are thrilled to provide Houston audiences with the opportunity to see the remarkable objects in Emperors´ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Spanning eight centuries, these examples of imperial taste are unmatched in rarity and scope. You can see a treasure of another kind in Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, a cache of ancient silver displayed along with precious gemstones, glass, jewelry, and other opulent antiquities.

Two exhibitions bring early Texas history to light: Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape and A Texas Legacy: Selections from the William J. Hill Collection. These concurrent presentations illuminate the state’s contributions to the history of American decorative arts and painting.

Helen Levitt: In the Street showcases candid views of life in New York City, captured by one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century. The ongoing exhibition A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection offers a unique overview of the photographic medium through a series of changing installations.

We are also pleased to share masterworks of art from the Islamic worlds through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement the installation, two dedicated galleries feature 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.