Slow Art Day is a global initiative with a simple mission: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

An annual event with institutions across the world, Slow Art Day encourages everyone to visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly, and then meet up to talk about their experiences. The goal is to focus on art as well as the art of seeing. 

Which works of art are featured in the 2019 program? Soundsuit by Nick Cave; Hunt Still Life with a Velvet Bag on a Marble Ledge by Willem van Aelst; a Mayan Seated Lord from a Relief Panel; and more!

Important Information
• To allow time to experience the art, start your self-guided viewings between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• Visit any admissions desk and pick up a floor plan, which shows the location of five artworks. Spend 10 minutes with each work of art. (Tip: Grab a campstool, provided free of charge, so you can sit comfortably at each stop.)
• At 2:30 p.m., go to the designated location on the floor plan to meet all the participants for a discussion—facilitated by a Museum educator—of your observations and insights.

This program is free with general admission! Reservations are strongly encouraged. RSVP:

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

MFAH Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; and the Lubrizol Foundation.

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.