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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
There’s always something to see and do at MFAH. With a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and programs for families and adults, the Museum’s collections comprise more than 65,000 works of art from the Stone Age to today. Discover something new each visit!
General admission to permanent collections that comprise over 65,000 works of art. Includes non-ticketed special exhibitions.
1001 Bissonnet Street, Museum District
Closed Mondays (except federal holidays), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
- A dynamic cultural complex in the heart of downtown Houston, the Museum maintains an exciting schedule of international loan exhibitions and award-winning programs for guests of all ages.
- Works from the MFAH collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe.
- Gallery talks and tours enhance your museum experience.
- The Museum houses more over 65,000 works of art, plus the Cullen Sculpture Garden.
- The Museum includes the Kinder Foundation Education Center, which offers free family activities, Wi-Fi, and educational materials.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at any admission desk.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
Open through January 11, 2015
This sweeping panorama celebrates the artistic achievements of the Joseon dynasty, a line of 27 monarchs who ruled the Korean peninsula for more than 500 years and left a substantial legacy for modern Korea. Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 is the first full-scale American exhibition to be devoted to the dynasty’s art. Comprised of more than 150 works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea’s collection, this exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see some of Korea’s artistic masterpieces, including a number designated as national treasures.
Silver: An American Art –Selections from the Museum of Fine Arts
Open through April 5, 2015
Over the past decade, the Museum's holdings of American silver have grown significantly. Through purchases and gifts, the story of the silversmithing tradition in this country can now be more fully told. Private collections, including those of Milo M. Naeve and Mary Beth Baird, also have brought to the Museum the works of unsung female silversmiths, unusual flatware made for the Victorian dining table, unique wares made for the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, and many other treasures. This exhibit showcases these important new additions to the collection, all created in America between 1870 and 1960. Highlights of the exhibition include pieces made by Arts and Crafts silversmith Mary Peyton Winlock and Danish-trained smith Peer Smed, as well the great American silver companies Gorham and Tiffany.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Some specially ticketed exhibitions, events and films may require an additional fee.
Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River: Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River examines Claude Monet’s abiding fascination with the Seine by tracing his life along the iconic French waterway, both chronologically and geographically. This beautiful exhibition brings together more than 50 paintings on loan from locations around the world. Beginning with scenes of leisure activities, modern life, and cityscapes along the Seine, the presentation culminates in the ethereal works from the Impressionist painter’s famous Mornings on the Seine series. On view October 26, 2014-February 1, 2015. Cost for CityPASS holders: adults, $23; youth 13-18, $18.
Advice for Visitors
- Wear comfortable shoes; the MFAH has a total of 300,000 square feet of exhibition space.
- Free family activities in the galleries are available every Sunday afternoon.
- Thursdays are free to the public and may be more crowded.
- When visiting MFAH, you can re-enter any part of the museum buildings the entire day of purchase. Just show your admission sticker.
- Try Guide by Cell, a free cell phone audio tour.
- Just for CityPASS holders: Get MFAH member prices on audio guides and 10% off in the MFAH gift shop. See booklet for details.
Parking: Located directly east of Beck and Law buildings, MFAH Visitors Center features a four-story covered parking garage; $6 all day. Free parking available in two outdoor street-level lots north of Law Building along Main St.: one at Bissonnet and one at Oakdale.
Dining: Cafe Express
Accessibility: All public galleries are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who cannot use stairs. Wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-served basis for all museum locations. Call for details, (713) 639-7300.
Self-Guide: Cell Phone Audio Tours available.
Gift Shop: MFAH Shop
Photography: Photography permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the museum's galleries devoted to the permanent collection. Flash photography and tripods not permitted.
Coat Check: Free coat-check available in the Beck and Law buildings.
Strollers: Strollers are permitted.
METRORail train: Traveling southbound, exit train at Museum District Station, walk northbound to Bissonnet/Binz, turn left to museum.
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