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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Neighborhood: The Museum District
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Address: 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005-1803
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+1 713-639-7771
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its...

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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Two buildings, fine collections, a badly managed cafe.

I had to visit this museum because a) it was on my bucket list and I go to museums everywhere and b) one of my art history students is crazy for a particular painting by Frantisek... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Aberdeen, Maryland
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Aberdeen, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had to visit this museum because a) it was on my bucket list and I go to museums everywhere and b) one of my art history students is crazy for a particular painting by Frantisek Kupka. There are two enormous buildings connected by a subterranean passage that is also a James Turrell light and space environment. I enjoyed that... More 

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Tifton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Finally just spent the last day wandering through this museum, which had free admission on Thursday. This is an amazing collection. As it happens, there was happy hour with a bar set up that day after 5, and a food truck. It was a nice touch but we had already had a great day. We started the morning with a... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building and layout is good. Not a fan of the temporary exhibit, but the permanent collections are interesting. Not a very big museum, so it is easy to spend more time on each object without feeling rushed to see everything.

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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw the mummy exhibit, it was amazing for those who are not afraid of the dead. There were soooo many other exhibits to see. weather, universe shows. The texas wild life, eskiomos, Egypt, seashells, beautiful natural minerals.....so AMAZING... and this is not the the half of it. You really need about a day or a day and a half.

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I make it a point to go to the MFAH every few months. I will go by myself or with local friends, and I always go out of my way to bring any friends visiting from out of town. The permanent collection is remarkable and exciting, especially the Latin American and Middle Eastern halls. The visiting exhibits are truly the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here many times and watched it change over the years. During my first years visits, I quite enjoyed the Frederick Remingtons of rare exception. I cannot remember the name but the scene is of natives around a powwow in their tent summoning a buffalo arising from the smoke. I studied the monochrome and wondered how smoke could... More 

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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has many wonderful works of art, but we went mainly to see some of Ron Mueck's sculptures and they were amazing!! After we saw his works we only had about an hour left before we needed to leave so it was kind of a whirlwind tour but wow, did we see some fabulous art from their permanent collection.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been a member for a number of years (that's what we say when we can't remember exactly when membership began and are too lazy to look at our card). Everything I have seen has left a lasting impression and it is one of the best places I know to wander around and gaze at the wonders presented. Yeah,... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 2 hours to fill before returning to the airport and decided to explore the Museum of Fine Art. There are many epochs represented here but 1 Monet, I Manet...not very impressive. Fine examples of many artists but nothing that I would want to take home for my walls. Maybe next time we'll visit the Natural History Museum. Sorry... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has a nice permanent collection of fine art, including many lesser known examples from Renaissance painters. It is not a London or New York City class museum in my opinion, but it is worth seeing and you will usually see something interesting and new in the exhibits that come and go here. For example,... More 

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