The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, ranks among the premier arts destinations in the United States. Founded in 1900, the museum is dedicated to excellence in collecting, exhibiting, preserving, conserving, and interpreting art for all people. The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH numbers more than 63,700 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present. Featured are the finest artistic examples of the major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, Oceania, and Africa. Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionist works, photographs, American and European decorative arts, African and Pre-Columbian gold, American art, and European, American, and Latin American paintings and sculpture from post-1945 are particularly strong holdings.
The MFAH permanent collections are presented in six locations that are part of an integrated campus. There are two major museum buildings: the Caroline Wiess Law Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art: one with studio spaces for children and another with studio spaces for adults; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens features American works, and Rienzi features European works; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, created by Isamu Noguchi. These impressive facilities provide a total of 300,000 square feet of space dedicated to the display of art.
Museum attendance averages more than 2 million visitors annually. Each year, the museum’s education department serves an average of 600,000 adults, families and children, educators, and students at the MFAH and at various locations in Houston’s many communities. To learn more visit mfah.org.