FAQs for Students
How much does it cost to visit the MFAH?
General admission is $12 with student ID. Additional pricing may apply for specially ticketed exhibitions. Students of any college or university can receive free general admission by presenting an art-related assignment and college ID.
Students of institutions that are part of the University Partnership Program receive free general admission and discounts for specially ticketed exhibitions, with ID. Participating colleges and universities:
- The Glassell School of Art
- Houston Baptist University, Fine Arts Class
- Houston Community College, Center of Excellence for Visual and Performing Arts, Visual Arts
- Lone Star College-University Park
- Rice University
- University of Houston School of Art (Main Campus)
- University of Houston-Downtown, Department of Arts and Humanities
- University of St. Thomas
Admission is always free to the Hirsch Library; Cullen Sculpture Garden; The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza; BBVA Roof Garden; MFA Café; and MFA Shop. Learn more about ways to visit for free.
Where can I find information for my assignment?
There are several ways to find information about artists and works of art, and to do general art research. Make an appointment with the Hirsch Library, and a helpful research librarian can help you find everything you need among the thousands of resources available. You may also browse the online catalog, as well as access information about the MFAH Archives, which keeps records including correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, newspaper clippings, and audio recordings.
The Museum also offers a wide array of resources to help you in the Kinder Foundation Education Center, which is in the lower level of the Caroline Wiess Law Building. You may also explore its online resources.
Research opportunities are available in many different locations at the Museum.
Where can I eat at the MFAH?
Stop by the MFA Café in the Beck Building, or visit the daily food truck. Please remember that food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.
May I take photographs?
Yes and no. In general, you may take still, no-flash photographs for private, noncommercial use in Museum galleries that are devoted to the MFAH collections, including Cullen Sculpture Garden. However, some works in the collections cannot be photographed. Your best bet is to ask Museum staff to help you identify the areas where photography is permitted. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. For more information, see the Museum's policies.
Does the MFAH offer art and art history classes?
Yes. Check out the course schedule for the Glassell School of Art, where you can take art history and studio courses year-round.
What kinds of events and programs can I attend?
Visit mfah.org/calendar for a look at the wide range of educational and social events at the MFAH.