Docent-guided tours make cross-curricular connections while developing skills for looking at, describing art, thinking deeply and making connections to works of art. Students use inquiry, critical thinking skills, and close looking to explore the meaning of art in different cultures.

Guided tour reqests are not available for fall 2017. Requests for spring 2018 open on November 1, 2017. Capacity is subject to docent availability. 

  • Guided tours are available in the spring 2018 semester through May 25, 2018, Tuesday–Friday at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12 noon
  • Guided visits last 60 minutes; groups may also schedule self-guided time in addition to the guided portion of their visit.
  • Guided tour requests must be made with four weeks’s notice.
  • Guided tours of the permanent collection and non-ticketed exhibitions are free of charge for students and chaperones when booked in advance.
  • Guided tours of ticketed exhibitions are subject to admission fees. Learn more about the Museums’ exhibitions.
  • Minimum of 10 students; specific tour topics have a maximum number of students per tour.

If you have any questions about guided tours, e-mail for more information. 

Guided Tours for Ticketed Exhibitions

School groups receive discounted admission to ticketed exhibitions. Rates may vary depending on the exhibition. Payment must be received 7 days prior to the scheduled tour date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card or check. Refunds cannot be issued.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Please review the following important documents before your visit.

  • Tour FAQs 
    Includes information on where to drop off and park, and eat lunch, photography permissions, late arrivals, cancellations, and more.
  • Chaperone tip sheets

Getting the Most Out of Your Museum Visit

Preparing your students for their Museum visit, being active in designing the visit, and reflecting back on the visit in the classroom maximize the experience for students' learning.

The MFAH School Tour program receives generous funding from ExxonMobil.

Additional support is provided by the Junior League of Houston, Inc.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; 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; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.