General Info

Contact Info


Phone 713.353.1542

Email hirsch@mfah.org


Located in the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend, the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center comprises more than 9,000 volumes about American decorative arts, material culture, and art, with helpful staff to assist users in finding information. Special collections include rare furniture design books and the Hogg Family Collection of books.

The Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center is open free of admission to all individuals interested in art research. 

The Powell Library is closed on Sunday, Monday, and the following holidays, as well as on the Saturday before Monday holidays and after Friday holidays. Call or e-mail for more information.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday–Sunday
  • Christmas Day

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The Kitty King Powell Library receives generous funding from:

Mr. William J. Hill
The Powell Foundation
Ms. Nancy Powell Moore