We welcome you back, and we hope you will visit the Museum, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend to enjoy all of the art the MFAH has to offer.
With the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and our house museums—Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens—now open again, each of us plays a role in a safe reopening, with social distancing, face masks, and additional health and safety precautions in place. Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered twice weekly through the #MFAH at Home Virtual Experience.
We have been thoughtfully preparing for our reopening, following the release of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Reopen Texas guidelines, which authorized museums to open as of May 1. This has been a thorough process, one that considers many variables and takes into account state and city guidelines, close coordination with City Hall and Houston Museum District colleagues, and ongoing discussions with our own staff and museum peers around the world. We recognize that circumstances may change at any moment. But we remain hopeful that we will be able to serve our public under the safest possible conditions and under new norms, ones to which Houstonians across the city are already becoming accustomed.
Before You Arrive
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is a private institution devoted to public service. We require the protocols below, which apply to the main campus, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.
Uso de Mascarilla
Sujeto a Chequeo
Mantenga la Debida Distancia
MFA Café Closed
No Se Permite
Comida ni Bebidas
|Credit Card Only; No Cash
Nada en Efectivo
No Large Bags; Coat Check Closed
• Advance timed tickets recommended. We welcome all visitors at any time.
• Face masks must be worn by all visitors older than 2, and by all staff members.
• Temperature checks required for visitors and staff prior to entry, using a socially distanced reader.
• Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date.
• Social distancing is required and will be enforced; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times.
• Credit or debit cards only; no cash permitted for any on-site purchases.
• Visitor capacity reduced and controlled at all locations, to below 25 percent capacity at any time.
• On the main campus, a single designated visitor entrance, at the Audrey Jones Beck Building (5601 Main Street).
• Social-distancing markers in place at the designated visitor entrance and elsewhere.
• Acrylic panels in front of the admissions desk and the MFA Shop cashier station.
• A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience; MFAH staff will operate entry doors.
• Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day; hand-sanitizer units stationed throughout the buildings.
• Coat check is not available; large bags (more than 11x15 inches) are not permitted; no baby backpacks or children on shoulders; soft front-facing carriers and strollers are allowed.
• The MFA Café is closed at this time; outside food and drink are not permitted; drinking fountains are not available.
• Wheelchairs, in limited numbers, are available for temporary use during your visit; please notify an attendant in the lobby.
• An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.
• In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed above.