Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest cultural institution in the southwest region of the United States. The Museum’s encyclopedic collections of nearly 70,000 objects cover world cultures dating from antiquity to the present and include in-depth holdings of American art, European paintings, Pre-Columbian and African gold, decorative arts and design, photography, prints and drawings, 20th- and 21st-century painting and sculpture, and Latin American art.
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  • volcanogirl
    Houston, Texas15,808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Way to Beat the Summer Heat
    This is a beautiful museum spread across three large buildings. We have a museum membership and enjoy seeing their rotating exhibits. For this visit, we saw an exhibit of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art that featured artists like Cezanne and Van Gogh, and a whimsical interactive exhibit that was in complete contrast to it. This immersive experience began with us being led behind a black curtain into a beautiful, dreamy landscape composed of over 3,000 cascading LED lights changing colors from blue to purple to pink and green. Bean bag chairs on the floor and the dim lighting encouraged people to linger and relax. The title "Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish" seemed very appropriate, and it was a great place to take a break from the summer heat. If you want to visit the museum, it has free general admission on Thursdays, and there's paid parking available in the attached parking garage. Don't miss the sculpture garden and cafe across the street. James Turrell's light tunnel is also a favorite. You could easily spend a day here and not see everything this amazing museum has to offer.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • scott r
    Silver Spring, Maryland693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressionist exhibition
    Mega museum with something for everyone. Ranks with the major big cty MFAs across the country. Extensive, impressive and FREE on Thursdays, with extended hours. I've been several times so concentrated on what intersts me most; you can easily spend 3+ hours. Clsong soon, the Impressionist exhibition was well worth the upcharge. Some real gems, though as always I could do without Mary Cassatt, lol. Never tire of Cezanne though. While not huge, this was an impressive island of relative solace amidst the genuinely sprawling museum complex (there's 3 main buildings, consult your maps) Free street parking is available with a short wak.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 8, 2023
  • GigiPM
    Atlanta, Georgia70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums I have ever been (and I have travelled a lot)
    From the architecture and design of the exhibits and placement of the pieces to the INCREDIBLE variety of art represented and how friendly the staff is, this is one of my favorite museums. They have a great gift shop, too and in the contemporary arts building a couple of cafes that looked great. LOVE IT!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice museum
    This is a very large, spread-out museum. We knew the particular exhibitions we wanted to see so we headed there directly (with a lot of directions from the staff), and we spent about 1-2 hours. This is a very nice museum, but I can believe it would take 3-4 trips to see everything there is to see. Our GPS took us to the museum. If you are driving, call head and get the address of the parking garage, which has underground walkways that you can take directly to the museum because there’s no street parking.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
  • BeLaZe
    Penfield, New York394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class museum: not to miss
    This is a great museum. It is large enough that even browsing through the entire museum may be too much for a day. And just browsing I found quite impossible: so many pieces of art stopped us midstep and invited us for exploration, even in rooms that exhibit styles or eras that I am not particularly attracted to. And how many styles and eras were represented! The legends and descriptions of the artifacts were very informative, arguably the best I have ever seen in any museum: they were concise, yet managed to include both historical context and fascinating factoids. Also, the buildings and connecting tunnels are impressive, parking is easy (and acceptably priced) and the staff was helpful.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • luna c
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    very nice art museum!
    an amazing art museum, especially with its recent modern art addition. there is a wide variety of art styles, ranging from BCE, to CE, to today. and all different cultures the museum I would estimate would take the whole day to see, there really is a lot to it. the seasonal instillations are nice, but quite frankly overpriced! for the budget friendly visitors, the entry is FREE ON THURSDAYS!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 7, 2024
  • KimK971
    Beaumont, Texas92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Variety of Art
    Really enjoyed visiting the museum a couple of months ago. There was a wide variety of art to view from old to neat to quite interesting and I even got to see a Picasso (which surprised me)! The only negative I really have is that the layout is really screwy and it's hard to navigate because of this.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 9, 2024
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KimK971
Beaumont, TX92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Really enjoyed visiting the museum a couple of months ago. There was a wide variety of art to view from old to neat to quite interesting and I even got to see a Picasso (which surprised me)! The only negative I really have is that the layout is really screwy and it's hard to navigate because of this.
Written May 9, 2024
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luna c
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
an amazing art museum, especially with its recent modern art addition. there is a wide variety of art styles, ranging from BCE, to CE, to today. and all different cultures

the museum I would estimate would take the whole day to see, there really is a lot to it.

the seasonal instillations are nice, but quite frankly overpriced!

for the budget friendly visitors, the entry is FREE ON THURSDAYS!
Written May 7, 2024
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BeLaZe
Penfield, NY394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a great museum. It is large enough that even browsing through the entire museum may be too much for a day. And just browsing I found quite impossible: so many pieces of art stopped us midstep and invited us for exploration, even in rooms that exhibit styles or eras that I am not particularly attracted to. And how many styles and eras were represented!
The legends and descriptions of the artifacts were very informative, arguably the best I have ever seen in any museum: they were concise, yet managed to include both historical context and fascinating factoids.
Also, the buildings and connecting tunnels are impressive, parking is easy (and acceptably priced) and the staff was helpful.
Written April 17, 2024
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Fruitekiwi
Waco, TX36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Wonderful museum and lots to see. Plan to spend an entire day there, as we weren't able to. Regardless, we really enjoyed our time.
Written April 15, 2024
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a very large, spread-out museum. We knew the particular exhibitions we wanted to see so we headed there directly (with a lot of directions from the staff), and we spent about 1-2 hours. This is a very nice museum, but I can believe it would take 3-4 trips to see everything there is to see. Our GPS took us to the museum. If you are driving, call head and get the address of the parking garage, which has underground walkways that you can take directly to the museum because there’s no street parking.
Written March 25, 2024
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GigiPM
Atlanta, GA70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
From the architecture and design of the exhibits and placement of the pieces to the INCREDIBLE variety of art represented and how friendly the staff is, this is one of my favorite museums. They have a great gift shop, too and in the contemporary arts building a couple of cafes that looked great.

LOVE IT!
Written February 28, 2024
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Woj001
Miami, FL37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Not very inviting. Felt the staff was uninformed as we asked questions to find paintings and they didn’t know where they were or if they were there. Also they started kicking us out 15 minutes before closing due to an event so I felt that was rude. However felt the museum was curated well with a lot to see
Written February 3, 2024
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX15,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The MFAH is an excellent museum with art spread across three large buildings and connected by a tunnel system. We're museum members and enjoy coming to see their rotating exhibits. For this visit, we saw the Armand Hammer collection called From Rembrandt to Van Gogh. It was a really fantastic diverse collection featuring art from across four different centuries. Paintings from Rembrandt, Titian, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, and other familiar names. My favorite was the portrait of King David by an artist I was unfamiliar with Gustave Moreau - really beautiful. They had an audio tour you could listen to. You had to scan a sound chip next to each painting to access the audio; that made it a bit difficult if people were gathered around a painting. I saw woman using a wheelchair struggling to get close enough to use the scanner, so I think they need to rethink that setup to make it more accessible, but the tour was interesting. We also enjoyed Kusama's exhibit that simulates floating Japanese water lanterns through the use of light and mirrors. We stepped inside a dark room to stand on a platform and slowly golden lights came on surrounding us. Very pretty and serene, a modern contrast to the other exhibit. I love that the artist created it to mark her 80th birthday. We parked in the parking garage attached to the museum; look for the big yellow sculptural arrow to find the entrance. The museum is free for general admission on Thursdays and has a great gift shop and cafe attached. Also a very nice sculpture garden with Houston's own bean sculpture by Anish Kapoor. James Turrell's light tunnel is also really cool and worth seeing. You could easily spend a day here and not see everything this museum has to offer.
Written February 2, 2024
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Calondra B.
Houston, TX1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
MFAH curates amazing cultural displays and artifacts. You can literally spend all day there.

November 2022, I enjoyed a phenomenal exhibit which highlighted the iconic Gordon Parks, composer, author, first Black photographer at Life Magazine, film director of 1971 Shaft, US documentary photojournalist during the 1940s-1970s- issues of civil rights, African Americans, poverty, and in glamour photography.
The Gordon Parks Foundation featured magazines, videos, and black and white pictures throughout the collection of Stokely Carmichael, in Lourdes County, Alabama intent on registering 85% Black unregistered voters. Parks was contracted by Life magazine to document the 25 year old newly elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC). “He was cast by the media as a figure of racial violence- a distortion of his character and his message.”

There is a museum gift shop, paid parking garage, and maps available during your visit. Check the website for additional details.
Written December 28, 2023
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Sigrid S
Bismarck, ND21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
So much to see and experience. This collection is vast and varied. Make sure you save a minimum of 2-3 hours to simply scratch the surface of what this museum has to offer.
Written December 7, 2023
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