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Find a Diversity of Design in the Kinder Building Galleries May 12, 2021


Let’s talk design! The galleries of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building are filled with works from the Museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. On the second floor, you’ll find a diversity of contemporary craft and design objects to intrigue all ages.

A Curator’s Dream
Curator Cindi Strauss offers her perspective on the inspiration that awaits.

“The new galleries for decorative arts, craft, and design in the Kinder Building are a curator’s dream come true. For the first time, the galleries have been purposely built to showcase the vitality and creativity of modern and contemporary craft and design objects by international artists and designers. Whether you favor furniture, jewelry, ceramics, or textiles; one-of-a-kind masterpieces or iconic, well-known designs; there is something for everyone to examine, learn about, and above all else, enjoy.” —Cindi Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator, Department of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design

For Young Artists
The works of art in the decorative arts, craft, and design galleries spark the imagination. This Family Activity Book features puzzles, drawing suggestions, art close-ups, and more.

Download the PDF

• Ready to explore? Head to the second floor of the Kinder Building to visit the decorative arts, craft, and design galleries. Included with general admission. Advance tickets recommended.


All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.