Accessibility Resources


Assistance for Visitors with Limited Mobility

Visitors with limited mobility are encouraged to use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building. From the Beck Building, most public areas of the Museum, including the galleries, Brown Auditorium Theater, Visitors Center, café, and shop are wheelchair accessible. The Cullen Sculpture Garden is also accessible.

The MFAH has wheelchairs that visitors may check out free of charge with a valid photo ID. The wheelchairs are available from the bag- and coat-check desks in the lobbies of the Beck Building, Law Building, and Visitors Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted. Elevators are available throughout the Museum.

Parking Information

  • 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, nearest Hotel ZaZa; or at the east door of the Kinder Building at 5500 Main Street. 
  • Learn more about parking and transportation options.

Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors

Art Beyond Sight Program currently on hold
The MFAH offers “Art Beyond Sight” as a gallery program for visitors 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 accessibility@mfah.org to sign up and for more information.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Visitors

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.

Visitors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Looking Together Program currently on hold
Discover and discuss works of art together in the galleries during this hour-long program designed for individuals with 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 accessibility@mfah.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.

Visitors on the Autism Spectrum

Preparing for your visit a few days in advance can help visitors on the autism spectrum, and the visitors who accompany them, have the most enjoyable experience possible. Learn More

Visiting Rienzi

At Rienzi, the galleries are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the front entrance for visitors 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 is open for 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 mobility challenges; 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 bayoubend@mfah.org or 713.639.7750.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Museum’s accessibility resources and programs, email accessibility@mfah.org or call 713.639.7300.