Frequently Asked Questions: School Tours
If I have questions before my visit, whom can I ask?
Contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.800.5363.
How much does my visit cost?
Guided tours are free for school groups with registration made four weeks in advance. Self-guided visits are free for school groups with registration made at least two weeks in advance. Admission fees apply to ticketed exhibitions.
How long will my visit last?
Both guided and self-guided tours are booked for one hour in the Museum within a specific timeframe (e.g., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.).
What if I need to cancel my visit?
In the event that you must cancel your visit, please email email@example.com or call 713.800.5363 as soon as possible.
What happens if our group is late?
If your group arrives late for a guided tour, your tour will be abbreviated to finish at the originally designated time. If your group arrives more than 30 minutes late, your tour will be canceled.
Where do we enter and check in?
Please drop off at the Bissonnet Street entrance of the Law Building at 1001 Bissonnet. You may check in at any admissions desk. See your confirmation e-mail for further instructions, as the check in process may vary by exhibition.
Additional check-in instructions for guided tours: Students should remain on the bus until the lead teacher has checked in with a docent or Museum staff, who will ask for the number of students and chaperones in the group. After check-in, students may exit buses and line up single file to the left of the Museum entrance. A docent or museum staff will confirm the number of students and chaperones before dividing them evenly among available docents.
Additional check-in instructions for self-guided tours: Students should remain on the bus until the lead teacher has checked in with the guest services desk. At the desk, Museum staff will ask for the number of students and chaperones in the group and provide chaperone badges for the adults. After check-in, students may exit buses and line up single file to the right of the Museum entrance to prepare to begin the tour. If the school arrives early, they must wait for their scheduled tour time to enter.
Where can buses park?
Buses may drop off at the Caroline Wiess Law Building, located at 1001 Bissonnet Street. Buses are not permitted to park in any Museum parking lots. Overflow parking is located at Hermann Park immediately past the Mecom fountain (see Museum campus map in this document). After parking, bus drivers may return to the Museum free of charge to join their school groups for the tour. Guided tours last approximately one hour.
How many chaperones should I bring?
We require one adult chaperone per 10 students. Chaperones receive free admission and must remain with their group for the entire visit. Please review and share the Museum guidelines with all chaperones before the visit. A maximum of two chaperones per every 10 students may shadow a docent guided group. Please avoid bringing extra chaperones.
Where can we eat lunch?
Cullen Sculpture Garden: School groups may bring sack lunches in the Cullen Sculpture Garden, located in front of the Law Building across Bissonnet Street.
MFA Café: Food and beverages are available for purchase at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building. No outside food is permitted in the café. Please contact the MFA Café once your tour is booked to make arrangements if your group plans to eat together.
Can we take photographs?
Video and still photography, without flash, are permitted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, solely for private, noncommercial use, and only in Museum galleries that do not have a “no photography” designation. If you have questions about taking a photo in a specific gallery, a guard or other Musuem staff can help you determine if photography is allowed. If your group is interested in taking pictures, please allow additional time for photography after your guided tour is complete. Learn more about the Museum’s photography policies.
Will there be time to visit the MFA Shop?
Students are welcome to visit the MFA Shop after their guided tour or at any point during their self-guided visit. Ten students accompanied by an adult chaperone may enter the shop at one time.