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MFAH Virtual Tours


#MFAHatHome Virtual Experience

Visit the Museum galleries virtually through highlights about popular exhibitions and selected works of art.

“Between Sea and Sky” Close-Up: An Overview with the Curator

Enjoy a look at highlights from Between Sea and Sky: Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond with Aimée Froom, curator of Islamic art. The exhibition examines the enduring appeal of blue and white ceramics, across the centuries and around the world.

These works of art—exhibited together for the first time—open the door to a new and more nuanced understanding of the monumental contribution of Persian blue and white to the history of ceramics.



“Glory of Spain” Close-Up: A Tour with the Curator

The monumental exhibition Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library spans 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture, from “Antiquity in Spain” to “Modern Spain.”

Join James Anno, associate curator of European art, on this tour for an inside perspective on the social and historical contexts of selected objects from among more than 200 extraordinary works on view.



“Glory of Spain” Close-Up: Ancient Ivory Pyxis

This ancient pyxis is one of more than 200 objects featured in the exhibition Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. The exquisite, lidded container is sculpted out of ivory and dates to the mid-10th century during the reign of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain.

Aimée Froom, curator of Islamic art, delves into the meaning of this pyxis, which helps chronicle the emergence of Islam in the region and showcases the diverse art and culture of Spain.



Close-Up: The Beck Collection

Tour the reinstalled galleries of the renowned John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection from home! This video tour features a special foreword from Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH. Then European art curator Helga Aurisch and consulting curator Ann Dumas lead the way through a selection of highlights.

From Vincent van Gogh’s The Rocks to Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge, Giverny to Kees van Dongen’s The Corn Poppy, enjoy this private guided tour of favorite masterworks. The Beck Collection galleries are located in the Audrey Jones Beck Building at the MFAH.



Close-Up: Francis Bacon’s Final Work

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings, organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, is the first in-depth museum look at the extraordinary accomplishments of Francis Bacon’s final years. Bacon (1909–1992) was a leading figure in 20th-century British art: celebrated, scandalous, and profoundly influential. His coming of age was bracketed by two world wars, and he found both beauty and tragedy in the human form.

Hear from Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH, as he discusses Bacon’s final work, Study of a Bull (1991).