Museum audio tours offer a variety of seasonal guides developed and narrated by curators and conservators for visitors' self-directed learning experiences. Tour the MFAH art collections and temporary exhibitions at your own pace.
New material, including tours in Spanish, is added on a continual basis. All tours are available in the lobbies for a single daily rental of $5, or $4 for Museum members.
The MFAH Collections
Beyond the Surface
Explore the mysteries and stories behind the Museum's art collections as told by the conservators, who are charged with preserving these works for the future. From vases to sculpture to paintings to installation pieces—pick and choose as you go, from a selection of 30 objects. Available in both English and Spanish.
Degas: A New Vision
October 16, 2016–January 16, 2017
Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH and organizing co-curator of the exhibition, offers insights and commentary on the most significant international survey in nearly 30 years of the work of Edgar Degas (1834–1917). This guide features two additional MFAH curators: Malcom Daniel, Gus Lyndall Wortham Curator of photography; and David Bomford, the Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European art and chairman of the department of conservation. Available in both English and Spanish
Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
October 23, 2016–January 29, 2017
The remarkable objects on view in Emperors’ Treasures have rarely been displayed outside of Taipei. Learn more about the rich history of the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rulers in China, from the Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty. The audio guide is presented by Beatrice Chan, the Museum’s curatorial assistant for Asian art; and Robert Mowry, the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus at Harvard University. Available in English and Mandarin
Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
November 6, 2016–February 5, 2017
Explore the impressive examples of ancient silver objects that are part of the extraordinary hoard of ornamented statues and vessels called the Berthouville Treasure. Intentionally buried in a sanctuary during ancient times, the trove was serendipitously discovered in 1830 by a French farmer. In this audio tour, hear from curators and conservators who worked with these objects as they offer insights into how the works were produced and used. Available in English