The Museum’s collection of antiquities—art of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East—began with donations from Houston native Annette Finnigan in 1931. An avid traveler, businesswoman, suffragette, and art collector, she donated almost 200 works of ancient art to the Museum during her lifetime.

Since those early days, the collection has grown significantly to include more than 450 artworks and masterpieces, such as a Hellenistic Greek bronze head, an Egyptian coffin, and a Roman statue of Dionysus. Get to know your Museum through 45-minute, docent-led tours that spotlight this area of the Museum’s collections.

Drop in! Gallery tours are free with Museum admission. On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Occidental Petroleum; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mr. and Mrs. Melbern G. Glasscock; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; Mr. William J. Hill; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.