Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston

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One of the ten most-attended musuems in the United States, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is also one of the largest museums in the country, featuring 64,000 works from six continents. Come to view the Impressionist and Postimpressionist art, as well as pieces from the Baroque and Renaissance periods, plus sculptures from Africa, South America, the Caribbean islands, and the South Pacific. Check at the entrance or online for details about temporary exhibits. Use our Houston vacation maker website to visit Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on your trip to Houston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you are visiting Houston be sure to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibit. Fashions with coordinating jewelry. Wow! Will knock your socks off.  more »
  • Both the permanent and special collections are always exceptional. I live in Houston, and visit a lot of museums, and Houston's ranks up there with the best.  more »
  • The MFAH is a first class museum and a gem in this city. It has an extensive collection of art and sculpture as well as furniture and antiquities. Many featured collections will be on view simultaneou...  more »
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  • This museum is amazingly beautiful. Arts from all over the world can be seen here, from the Middle Eastern carvings all the way to Indonesian gold collection. In fact the diversity was quite surprising for me. It is a museum worth spending more than one day visiting. The price is affordable, and the seasonal exhibitions are also a very interesting sight to behold. This building truly embraces and exposes the beauty of arts.
  • I never thought that I would be the type of person to get a membership to an art museum, but this museum has so much to see that I may have to do so! I just moved to the Houston area from Louisiana, and I don't think Louisiana has an art museum anywhere near the level this museum is on. I viewed the Mueck exhibit, and it was very cool. Truly fascinating pieces large and small. Emotionally expressive in every day scenes as well one or two pieces rooted more in fantasy than reality. I hoped to see more pieces, but I was happy nonetheless. The rest of the museum was just so expansive that I didn't have time to see it all in the four hours I spent there. I intend to go back soon!
  • Outstanding museum that was obviously funded generously early on. Beautiful parks and art surrounding the museum. The inside is equally impressive. Only grips are that it is no secret that this museum is great. Almost always a crowd and the issues that come with.. parking.. noise level. Tickets are also a bit steep. But perhaps it's just my impression that educational centers should be very economical.
  • By far the best and most diverse collection in Houston, and for that matter all of Texas. It's Impressionist and Renaissance art collections are impressive. The staff are helpful and the docents keep to themselves. It takes multiple trips to even scrape the top of the museum's permanent collection. The visiting exhibitions and collections are always interesting!
  • Went here with family... A pleasant experience. There's a mix of people who stop by here from Hispanics, Whites, Blacks (American), Africans, Arabs, Asians, etc. A broad culturally-diverse social setting of people here at the museum... People here are usual decent, and mean well. You can't bring food and drink to eat inside the museum though; but I don't think the staff mind if you bring a water bottle to drink water from. It's a nice, wide spread out museum with many interesting art exhibits on display to check out. Don't forget to bring your camera for photos and a notebook for writing down important notes! A lot of local students who attend University of Houston go here to get their assigned art/history class homework done here as well. I think many different journalist, photographer and artist types come here too... There are museum tour guides present throughout the different areas of the museum to help guide people along and answer potential questions guests and visitors have. Overall, on a "leisure day" when someone has time and wants to "explore history and art" I think coming over here to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts is a good trip when planned well.

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