The MFAH collections are at your fingertips! Use the online collection database to browse through works of art, plan what to see on your next visit, or conduct research. This searchable site is always being updated by Museum staff to ensure that the encyclopedic collection of nearly 70,000 objects is available online. Questions? Contact us.


Select filters to refine your quick search results without having to start over or use an advanced search. You may check as many or as few boxes as will help you narrow your results to find what you are looking for.

  • Sort
    The default for how results are sorted is by relevance to the search term. You may select Artist Name to sort alphabetically by the artist’s or maker’s first name at any time.
  • On view checkbox
    Check to show artworks that are currently on view at the Museum, the Cullen Sculpture Garden, Bayou Bend, or Rienzi.
  • Image available checkbox
    Check to show only artworks that have images available online. While we are in the process of ensuring our collection is photographed, some artworks may be displayed with gray boxes that say “Image not available.” Those artworks are filtered out if you check this box.
  • Browse by categories
  • Artist name | Maker
    The name of the artist, workshop, or company who designed and/or created the artwork. A work of art may have multiple artists or makers.  In the category display, artists/makers are sorted first by the greatest number of their artworks that are showing in the results, then alphabetically.
  • Culture
    The culture of the artist or maker.
  • Classification
    Categorization of artworks: For example, paintings, photographs, sculpture.
  • Artist nationality
    The primary nationality of an artist or maker.
  • Tip: Once you have selected a filter, look above the gray filters menu box to see the number of results within your filter as well as labels to show which filters are selected. If you wish to remove a filter you’ve selected, hit the X on the label.
  • Tip: If the list of options’ checkboxes gets too long to easily see, hit  to go to a dedicated page where you can browse a larger list of filter options, which you can also search within.

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