Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (must see)

One of the Museum District's hallmark institutions, this museum is outstanding, balancing a collection of excellent Western art from antiquity to modern times (to include a few Picassos) with a a whole other section dedicated to (largely pre-modern and early modern) art from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and pre-Columbian America. And that's before one gets to the special exhibitions that change regularly through the year, showing some of the world's finest collections.

The touching, relevant, and sometimes exclusive exhibits – both permanent and temporary – always leave visitors with either a new appreciation for a favorite artist, or reward with the discovery of a new favorite artist. Everything is curated with care and every artist is explored in a way that makes viewers/listeners think about the world. These days, they almost always offer an audio guide that allows simply pointing at the little boxes by the artwork in order to hear the commentary.

It also helps that visitors can also go see films and live musical orchestras, stroll through the nice outdoor sculpture garden, or have a nice coffee and lunch at the café. The gift shop is not to be missed, either, with all kinds of wonderful, unique artifacts, jewelry, books, children's toys and so much more (museum stuff always makes great gifts!).

Why You Should Visit:
The diversity and educational value of the thousands and thousands of works here is admirable and among the highest in the U.S. A definite must-visit for art lovers!

Tip:
Be sure to pass through the underground light tunnel to access the museum’s second facility across the street, in which you'll find intricate Italian glass carvings, Spanish and colonial-era art artifacts, and more.

Opening Hours:
Wed: 11am–5pm; Thu: 11am–9pm; Fri, Sat: 11am–6pm; Sun: 12:30pm–6pm

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Sight Name: Museum of Fine Arts
Sight Location: Houston, USA (See walking tours in Houston)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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