Last updated: 3/29/2012
Houston, TX 77005
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265
|Tuesday - Wednesday||10 AM - 5 PM|
|Thursday - Saturday||10 AM - 9 PM|
|Sunday||12:30 PM - 7 PM|
Seniors (over 65): $5
Military (with ID): $5
MFAH Members: free
Students (with ID): $5
Youth (6-18): $5
Children under 5: Free
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Lorraine Stuart, Archivist
Emily Neff, Curator, American Painting and Sculpture
Anne-Louise Schaffer, Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas, and Africa
Margaret Skidmore, Associate Director, Development
Gwen Goffe, Associate Director, Finance and Administration
Beth Schneider, Director of Education
Valeria Turturro, Marketing Assistant
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Houston, TX is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Established in 1900, the MFAH is the largest cultural institution in the southwest region. The museum's main campus is located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, and comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building, the Caroline Wiess Law Building, the Glassell School of Art, and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. Nearby, two remarkable house museums; Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzipresent collections of American and European decorative arts. Resources that can be found throughout the MFAH include a repertory cinema, two significant research libraries, public archives, and a state-of-the-art conservation and storage facility. The encyclopedic collections of the MFAH 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, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, and Latin American art. The MFAH is also home to the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), a leading research institute for 20th-century Latin American and Latino art.
The collection forms a comprehensive survey of art history and is a focal point for public programming. Although the collections are richest in works of the Western tradition, there are significant holdings of outstanding works of Asian, African, Oceanic, and Native American art. Four areas of the collection are especially strong:
1. Renaissance and baroque painting and sculpture include works by Giovanni di Paolo, Fra Angelico, Antico, Rogier van der Weyden, Sebastiano del Piombo, Claude, Preti, Chardin, Gainsborough, and Reynolds.
2. Nineteenth-century art is represented with works by Goya, Thorvaldsen, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Monet, Rodin, Cézanne, Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Seurat. American nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art includes masterpieces by Church, Sargent, Eakins, Prendergast, Tanner, Bellows, and Saint-Gaudens, as well as 43 works by Remington.
3. Twentieth-century art includes all major movements illustrated through works by Matisse, Picasso, Léger, Modigliani, Brancusi, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Klee, O' Keeffe, Pollock, Kline, Oldenburg, Rothko, Johns, Guston, Rothenburg, Nevelson, Bourgeois, and Baselitz.
4. Photography comprises over 10,000 works that feature extensive collections of Brassaï, Heartfield, Moholy-Nagy, Sudek, and Frank; over 900 contemporary photographs donated by Allan Chasanoff; and large-format mixed media works by contemporary artists, including Baldessari, Piper, and Boltanski. The contemporary Mexican photography collection is one of the two largest in the United States. The museum also owns one of the largest collections of photographs by African Americans outside of museums dedicated to African-American art.
In addition, nearly 6,000 prints and drawings include works from Dürer and Rembrandt, through Pollock and Johns. Decorative arts at the museum include fine examples of eighteenth-century European porcelain; seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Engli
The mission of the Education Department is to offer programs, tours, resources, and materials that teach and engage adults, children, educators, and students in the world of art. The goal is to create experiences that embrace the importance of art and the museum; to position art and the museum as a meaningful part of a well-rounded life; and to work with partners who support the community through shared values and interests.
The Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) serves, together with the museum's Hirsch Library, as the public's main source of information about the MFAH art collections. Located on the lower level of the Law Building and open whenever the museum is open, the KFEC is a support center for schools and universities, and it houses exhibition space for student art. Resources are available in a variety of formats and disciplines; including DVDs, curriculum kits, books, study guides, poster sets, and collection-based interpretive materials produced by the KFEC'free of charge through the lending library for educators. These materials enhance classroom curriculum in all subjects and bring the world of art to students who often cannot visit a museum. Educators who are unable to come by the KFEC in person may order materials online.
Educators can also take advantage of Learning Through Art at the MFAH, which connects the museum?s collections of world art into the classroom curriculum for art, language arts, math, science, and social studies. The MFAH offers workshops on the LTA curriculum throughout the year. Registration is $25 for MFAH Members and $30 for nonmembers. Workshops based on the curriculum are conducted at the museum, schools, and district facilities. These workshops may be specially designed to suit the needs and interests of the group and can be tailored based on subject area, goals, and grade levels.
Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members
Appointment required: No
The museum annually produces approximately three in-house exhibition catalogues. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: A Permanent Legacy and The Collection of John A. and Audrey Jones Beck feature specific areas of the collection. Three other permanent collection catalogues, written for a broad audience, are now in preparation. The museum also produces a bimonthly member's magazine and a film calendar.
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