Guided Group Tour Topics
The Museum offers intimate guided tours for groups of 10 or more. Group tours include a one-hour tour of the topic of your choice, discounts at the MFA Shop, and all-day Museum admission. Select a topic from the list below to include on your reservation request. Request your tour for permanent collections or regularly priced special exhibitions. Specially priced, ticketed exhibitions have separate request forms, noted below when available.
Tours of the Museum Collections
Looking for a more focused tour? Choose from the themes and collections below.
An Architectural History of the MFAH
The original Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, building was the first art museum to be built in the state, resulting in a 75-year legacy of architectural design. Learn about the Museum‛s history by exploring the campus’s architectural designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, and Rafael Moneo.
American Painting & Sculpture
See how American art reveals fascinating stories of U.S. history and traditions as you tour the Museum’s collection of 18th- to 20th-century American paintings and sculpture. Stroll through the galleries and view fine examples by William Merritt Chase, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent, and other noted artists.
Antiquities of Egypt, Greece, and Rome
Take a journey through three of history’s great cultures in the Museum‛s collection of antiquities. Explore tales of the mythological gods of Greece and Rome, and discover the symbolism of Egyptian artifacts.
Arts of Asia
Discover Asian art from five geographic areas: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea. Bridge the past with the present while viewing ancient works from 2400 BC to contemporary objects of the 21st century.
Byzantine Masterpieces of the MFAH
Discover the beautifully detailed works in the Museum‛s Byzantine and Medieval art collection. Paintings, small figures, and devotional works offer a view into a past filled with dramatic artistic and religious changes.
Highlights of Italian Renaissance
Explore the galleries of the Museum’s Italian Renaissance and discover Canaletto’s views of the Grand Canal of Venice, and the brilliant colors of Botticelli’s nativity.
Highlights of the MFAH
Explore some of the best-known and best-loved works of art in the Museum collections in this one-hour guided tour.
Impressionist Masterpieces of the MFAH
Explore the Museum’s remarkable Beck Collection of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and early Modernism. Experience works of art expressed through color and light, and see the dynamic brushwork of artists including Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Guided Tour Fees for MFAH Collections
$16 Seniors 65+
$14 Youths 13–18
$14 Children 12 & under
Tours of Special Exhibitions
Prices for guided group tours of most special exhibitions are the same as for guided group tours of the MFAH collections. The only exception is an additional charge for ticketed exhibitions, which are specially noted below, when available.
Degas: A New Vision
October 16, 2016–January 16, 2017
This exhibition offers the most significant international survey in nearly 30 years of the work of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834–1917). The MFAH is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which assembles some 200 works from public and private collections around the world.
Guided Group Tour Admission to Degas: A New Vision
$24 Seniors 65+
$24 Youths 13–18
$24 Children 12 & younger
Self-Guided Group Visit Admission to Degas: A New Vision
$14 Seniors 65+
$14 Youths 13–18
$8 Children 12 & younger
Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
October 23, 2016–January 29, 2017
This exhibition features masterpieces that highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rulers in China. More than 160 works of art from the National Palace Museum offer a unique selection of paintings, bronzes, calligraphy, and decorative arts, including porcelain, textiles, enamels, and jade.