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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is one of the largest cultural institutions in the United States and the oldest art museum in Houston. The main campus is located in the middle of Houston’s Museum District and hosts an immense permanent collection of artist works.

The majority of the permanent and temporary exhibits are hosted in two main building on the MFAH campus: The Caroline Wiess Law building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building.

The buildings are connected by the underground Wilson Tunnel–a changing neon and ambient light installation created by James Turrell that connect light and architecture to interact with the viewer.

Inside the Caroline Wiess Law building is the Brown Auditorium Theater which shows roughly 200 films a year as a part of the MFAH Film program. The Museum was designed by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and has been used continuously since its opening in the mid 1970s.

Outside the buildings is the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. Designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1976, it meshes trees, walls, pavers and lawns to create a landscape that is both art and a place to hold the sculpture garden’s modernist masterpieces, including sculptures from Louise Bourgeouis, Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miró.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has a wide range of permanent and traveling exhibitions in its main buildings, from antiquities, global artifacts, paintings and sculptures, decorative arts, crafts and design, films to modern and contemporary art.

Visitor Tips

Be sure to check the website for current exhibitions and events. Tickets to special exhibitions and events are available for purchase online or onsite.

The MFA Shop requires no ticket and is located on the ground floor of the Beck Building. It is a great place to find a thoughtful collection of jewelry, toys, gifts, prints, books and decorative arts. The Cullen Sculpture garden also has free admission.

General admission is free every Thursday. Attending multiple popular destinations around town? Consider purchasing discounted tickets as part of a Houston CityPASS ticket booklet.

Enjoy food trucks? A curated selection of Houston’s best food trucks parks in the lot adjacent to the Cullen Sculpture Garden. As a part of the “Lunch + Look” program, on weekdays visitors can bring their day-of food truck receipts to the admissions desk enter into the museum for free between noon and 2 pm.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 639-7300

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