Did you know that the Museum’s Hirsch Library is open to the public? With thousands of books on art to choose from, the Hirsch Library also offers engaging exhibitions featuring materials from the rare books collection! These exhibitions, often organized by library staff, highlight recent acquisitions, exquisitely illustrated books, and rare printed matter.

Enjoy a 20-minute tour of Alluring Melancholy: Representations of the Tormented Artist. This installation, inspired by Vincent van Gogh, explores the origins and development of the tormented-artist archetype through seminal art movements of the 18th to 21st century. Notable artists include Alice Neel, Jackson Pollock, and Unica Zürn. 

Drop in! This program is free. The Hirsch Library is always free to visit.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


The MFAH Hirsch Library is generously endowed through the Estates of Winifred and Maurice Hirsch.

The library also receives generous funding from Mr. William J. Hill.