The galleries of the MFAH main campus, Rienzi & Bayou Bend are open on a new schedule. Advance timed tickets are recommended. We welcome all visitors at any time. Learn more & get tickets 

Current Exhibitions

  • Charlesworth - Arc of Total Eclipse (Beck 2020)

    Sarah Charlesworth, Arc of Total Eclipse, February 26, 1979, 1979, printed 2019, chromogenic prints, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © The Estate of Sarah Charlesworth, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

    Sarah Charlesworth: Arc of Total Eclipse, February 26, 1979
    Through November 29, 2020

    The front pages of 29 local newspapers document the path of a total solar eclipse from Portland, Oregon, to Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

  • Goya - Duchess of Alba

    Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes), The Duchess of Alba, 1797, oil on canvas, the Hispanic Society of America.

    Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library
    Through January 3, 2021

    This traveling exhibition showcases some 200 objects—spanning more than 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture—from the renowned collections of the Hispanic Society of America.

  • Eye on Houston 2020 | Nevaeh Richardson - Do It Like This

    Nevaeh Richardson, Do It Like This, 2019, inkjet print. © Nevaeh Richardson, Jack Yates High School

    Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography
    Through January 3, 2021

    The annual Eye on Houston exhibition invites area high school students to document and celebrate the diversity of neighborhoods throughout the city. This year’s presentation showcases 100 photographs by students from 11 Houston ISD schools. 

  • Sory - Yamaha de nuit

    Sanlé Sory, Yamaha de nuit, 1972, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern in memory of Bruce Daniel. © Sanlé Sory, courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery

    Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography from the Museum’s Collection
    Through November 8, 2020

    Dynamic images by premier photographers from Africa explore a variety of artistic styles and expression. Spanning the 1950s to the present, these photographs represent a selection from the MFAH collection.

  • Radical: Italian Design (installation shot 1)

    Installation view of Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection.

    Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection
    Through November 1, 2020

    The first U.S. museum exhibition in nearly 50 years to survey Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design, Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985 presents furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other objects drawn from the landmark collection of Dennis Freedman.

  • Hats Off (Halston & Hat)

    Left to right: Halston in Paris, 1966, by Jean Barthet / Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, Cocktail Hat, 1959–67, bird of paradise feathers and silk taffeta, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masteron III

    Hats Off: Halston Hats from the Masterson Collection
    Through January 3, 2021

    This exhibition at Rienzi explores the art of millinery in the mid-20th century. Hats Off highlights hats and hair accessories designed by influential American fashion designer Halston for the New York department store Bergdorf Goodman.

  • Bernardo Rodriguez (Thoma) - Holy Family with Mercedarian Symbols

    Bernardo Rodriguez, The Holy Family with Mercedarian Symbols, late 18th–early 19th century, oil on canvas, collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma.

    Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Thoma Collection
    Through December 27, 2020

    The Museum presents a selection of Spanish colonial paintings from the celebrated collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma.

  • Mosque Lamp

    Egypt, Mosque Lamp, c. 1319, enamel and gilded glass, The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

    Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
    Through December 27, 2020

    The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah makes possible this installation featuring some 250 objects from the 8th to 18th century that present a comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art.