Assistance for Guests with Limited Mobility
Guests with limited mobility are encouraged to use the covered drop-off lanes at the Beck Building (5601 Main Street) and Kinder Building (5500 Main Street). From the Beck Building and Kinder Building, most public areas of the Museum, including the galleries, parking garages, theaters, restaurants, shop, and all outdoor spaces, are wheelchair accessible.
The MFAH has wheelchairs that guests may check out free of charge with a valid photo ID. The wheelchairs are available at any Museum entrance on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive, ask for a wheelchair, and the security staff can assist. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. Elevators are available throughout the Museum.
- Three parking garages are available: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and underground garages at 5101 Montrose Boulevard and 5500 Main Street.
- Guests with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Ewing Street end of the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building (5601 Main Street), nearest Hotel ZaZa; or at the east door of the Kinder Building (5500 Main Street).
- Learn more about parking and transportation options.
Guests Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Art Beyond Sight
The MFAH offers “Art Beyond Sight” as a gallery program for guests who are blind or have low vision. Trained gallery educators use verbal descriptions and hands-on materials to engage participants with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. Art Beyond Sight is offered on the second Saturday of the month. Visit the calendar for listings. Admission is free, but space is limited, so be sure to preregister. Contact email@example.com to sign up, and for more information.
Guests Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Assistive listening devices are available for use during lectures, films, and other programs. To request an assistive listening device, check with any staff member in attendance.
Guests with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Discover and discuss works of art together in the galleries during this hour-long program designed for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, with their family members or care partners. “Looking Together” is offered on the second Monday of the month. Visit the calendar for listings and times. Admission is free, but space is limited, so be sure to preregister. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, and for more information.
Looking Together is made possible through a partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter.
Guests on the Autism Spectrum
Preparing for your visit a few days in advance can help guests on the autism spectrum, and those who accompany them, have the most enjoyable experience possible. Learn More
Support Persons, Caregivers & Interpreters
Admission is free for one person accompanying a guest who has accessibility needs.
Service animals on leashes and under their owners’ control are welcome.
At Rienzi, the galleries are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the front entrance for guests to check out free of charge. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. An elevator is available for access to the lower level of the house. Upon request, chairs are provided for guests to use in the galleries. Please note that the gardens at the back of the house are not wheelchair accessible and feature difficult terrain and stairs. Rienzi offers self-guided tours with a smartphone audio guide. Large printed maps are available.
Visiting Bayou Bend
At Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the Kilroy Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. The public facilities within Bayou Bend’s house and gardens require assistance for those with limited mobility; please call ahead or visit the Kilroy Center for directions to the wheelchair-accessible entrance to the property and more details. Bayou Bend’s mobile tour, available on smartphones and tablets, offers audio and text descriptions of the house and significant objects in the Bayou Bend Collection. For more information, contact email@example.com or 713.639.7750.
If you have any questions about the Museum’s accessibility resources and programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.639.7300.