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
Limited tours available! “Florescence: Waves”
Two days only! Limited tours are available.
April 25 & 26, 2017
Now in its 12th edition, Florescence is one of the largest competitive national flower shows sanctioned by the Garden Club of America in the United States. Presented by the Garden Club of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the floral arrangements are located throughout the Beck Building. Many are interpretations of masterpieces from the Museum’s permanent collection.
The 2017 theme is “Waves,” reflected in all of the arrangements on view. A special conservation exhibit titled Water, Water, Everywhere is intended to increase awareness of how choosing native plants can improve water quality and mitigate storm water flows, among other things. This two-day show is a whimsical sensory experience that is not to be missed!
Book your group tours of Florenscence Waves today! Simply choose April 25 or 26 for your tour’s date.
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.
February 26–August 13, 2017
London-based sculptor Ron Mueck is the son of German-born toy-makers and grew up experimenting with materials and techniques making puppets and model creatures. He began creating fine art sculptures in 1996 with more expressive materials, such as resin and fiberglass, to capture the human form in hyperrealistic detail. Mueck plays with size and scale, the result is both a tender and raw emphasis on the human condition.
Guided Group Tour Admission to Ron Mueck
$16 Seniors 65+
$16 Youths 13–18
$16 Children 12 & younger
Self-Guided Group Visit Admission to Degas: A New Vision
$10 Seniors 65+
$10 Youths 13–18
$10 Children 12 & younger
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950
March 5–May 21, 2017
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 introduces U.S. audiences to key events in Cuban history with more than 100 of the most important works including painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.
The exhibition focuses on the untold narrative of artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro’s 1969 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks—created in each of the six decades since 1950—the exhibition explores Cuba’s artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and deconstruction.