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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Address: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005 (The Museum District)
Phone Number: +1 713-639-7300
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Ranked #2 of 126 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and also includes Baroque and Renaissance art, African tribal art, a sculpture garden and a teaching wing, where the works of students and top Texas artists are displayed.
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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I think it is probably the best museum in Houston. You could rank it up there with other large city art museums. Their exibitions are top notch. They have a Monet exhibit currently that singles out his paintings on the Seine when he lived in various places along the river. The museum has a wonderful daytime program called lunch and... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Monet Exhibit: lovely. Been here several times, never disappoints. Their permanent exhibits are wonderful and worth a visit. The adjoining museum can be visited via an eclectic tunnel from this one. The cafe at the second museum has stellar food. Parking can be hit or miss, but with patience, one can find great parking. Lovely museum, always has interesting rotating... More

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lausanne suisse
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I am always surprised and disappointed by hefty museum entry fees. Nonetheless this is a beautiful space, with an interesting collection. Nice to see so many families with children there, and to see that the museum had a lot going on for children. Worth a trip.

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Houston, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

As a Houston local I'm very proud of our Fine arts museum, in particular the great job of the curatorial staff producing ever changing exhibits. If you have not made it to see the current exhibit on Monet and the Seine river, it is definitely worth it!

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Roseburg, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

MFA has a wide variety of exhibits from a wide range of art styles. I always am amazed by the diversity represented. Don't miss the optical light tunnel, cafe or gift shop!!

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Dallas, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

the current Monet exhibit was a winner for me. The paintings of the Seine from Honfleur at the Atlantic past Rouen to Paris offered an incredible educational and enjoyable visit. Time spent for me 2 hours. Well worth the admission price. See web site for prices. Hints follow. Ask for a student or senior discount. Parking is free across the... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Houston has an under appreciated museum. The Law Building is one of two in the world designed by Mies Van Der Rohe. The other in is in Berlin. The permanent collection is very good and is rotated frequently. The traveling exhibits tend to be world class. The current director, Gary Tinterow and his staff have connections in the art world... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Not a fancy place. There is quite a bit to see, but nothing really stands out. I purchased a City Pass, which got me regular admission. So I didn't get to see the special exhibit which was on offer. They didn't even offer me an upgrade when I got my ticket, and by the time I found out I needed... More

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Los Angeles, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I'm not going to write that the collection at the MFAH is one of the best I've ever seen - that would be a lie. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful museum with a strong collection, with pieces ranging from 8th century India and 15 century Korea to excellent Greek sculptures and a few notable 19th century portraits (I mean, who... More

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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Monet exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston makes visiting the museum worth your time. Renting the audio tour guide is worth the money to learn more about the artist. The museum does a good job of keeping things interesting and staff are helpful.

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