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Visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

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If you are in Houston, Texas, it seems that visiting a museum is the last thing on your mind. However, if you only knew how interesting the museums are in Houston, you will definitely include a day or two at the museum as part of your itinerary.

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston or MFAH. The MFAH is large – all 300,000 square feet shows an exhibit for you to enjoy. If you want to enjoy an authentic museum experience, visit MFAH. The MFAH has two major gallery buildings you can explore. In these buildings alone, you can spend the whole day already! View and revel in the different art collections, you will surely enjoy it.

Aside from this, there is a sprawling sculpture garden for you to explore. The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden was designed to provide a tranquil space for artists and those interested in it. It marries sculptures and nature perfectly, giving it a peaceful, zen feel. This garden features the works of sculpture artists from the 20th and 21st century. These artists include Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, David Smith and the like. The garden was first conceptualized by sculptor Isamu Noguchi. He wanted to modernize the garden, by putting sculptures, and complementing them with trees, bamboos, and other blooms.

If you would like a taste of the South, during the late 1900s, you can visit the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. The Bayou Bend is actually the former house of Ima Hogg, who was a civic leader and philanthropist in Houston. American art such as paintings, furnishings, ceramics and silver, are displayed in this house. It is a snapshot of American history, as seen from a typical Southern home. Aside from exploring the house, you can also visit the gardens around it, which is situated in the historic neighbourhood of River Oaks.

Room 221 MFAH

Room 221 MFAH                                                                                             Photo: mwschaff


If you would like to explore something more European, you can visit the Rienzi. This home displays European decorative art collections. Similar to the Bayou Bend, the Rienzi is also the former home of philanthropists Harris Masterson III and Carroll Sterling Masterson, and is now converted to show collections of European paintings, furnishings, decorative arts and the like. Both the Rienzi and the Bayou Bend are open for tours and other activities, so it’s a great place to visit.

Aside from exploring the various galleries in MFAH, you can also take up classes. For long-term courses, you may inquire at the Glassell School of Art. For short courses or workshops, you can check out the Kinder Foundation Education Center. Both provide workshops and educational activities, if you would like to explore the Artist in you.


Tue – Wed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
Fri – Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 12:15 to 7 p.m.; Closed Monday
Address/Map:  1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 639-7300
Website: Plan your visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
  Ticket Prices
Door Price:

Adults (19+) $15 | Seniors $10 | Youth (13-18)/Stu (19+) $7.50 | Military $10 

Online Price: Adults (19+) $14 | Seniors $9 | Youth (13-18) $6.50
  FREE on Thursdays and for Children 12 and under