Frequently Asked Questions: School Tours
If I have questions before my visit, whom can I ask?
Contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7858.
How much does my visit cost?
Guided tours are free for school groups with registration made four weeks in advance. Self-guided visits are free for school groups with registration made two weeks in advance. Admission fees apply to ticketed exhibitions.
How long will my visit last?
Guided tours last for one hour. Schools groups are welcome to continue exploring the Museum on their own after the tour. Groups on self-guided visits can explore the museum on their own for as long they like.
What if I need to cancel my visit?
In the event that you must cancel your visit, please contact email@example.com or 713.639.7858 as soon as possible.
What happens if our group is late?
If your group arrives late for a guided tour, your tour will be abbreviated to finish at the originally designated time. If your group arrives more than 30 minutes late, your tour will be canceled.
Where do we enter and check in?
Please drop off at the Bissonnet Street entrance of the Law Building at 1001 Bissonnet. You may check in at any admissions desk. See your confirmation e-mail for further instructions, as the check in process may vary by exhibition.
Additional check-in instructions for guided tours: Students should remain on the bus until the lead teacher has checked in with a docent or Museum staff, who will ask for the number of students and chaperones in the group. After check-in, students may exit buses and line up single file to the left of the Museum entrance. A docent or museum staff will confirm the number of students and chaperones before dividing them evenly among available docents.
Additional check-in instructions for self-guided tours: Students should remain on the bus until the lead teacher has checked in with the guest services desk. At the desk, Museum staff will ask for the number of students and chaperones in the group and provide chaperone badges for the adults. After check-in, students may exit buses and line up single file to the right of the Museum entrance to prepare to begin the tour. If the school arrives early, they must wait for their scheduled tour time to enter.
Where can buses park?
Park buses in the north parking lot, which can be accessed via an entrance on Main Street; overflow parking is located at Hermann Park immediately past the Mecom fountain (see Museum campus map in this document). After parking, bus drivers are permitted to return to the Museum free of charge to join their school groups for the tour. Guided tours last approximately one hour.
How many chaperones should I bring?
One adult chaperone per 10 students is required. Chaperones receive free admission and must remain with their group for the entire visit. Please share the information regarding Museum guidelines with all chaperones before the visit.
A maximum of two chaperones per every 10 students may shadow a docent guided group. Any additional chaperones still get in for free, but they must self-guide.
Will students be able to work on an assignment during the visit?
Yes, after the tour. Tours at the Museum involve student participation, so to help students remain focused, please allow time following the tour for students to complete handouts, written assignments, or sketching. Please use only pencils to write and sketch in the galleries.
Where can we eat lunch?
Cullen Sculpture Garden: School groups may bring sack lunches in the Cullen Sculpture Garden, located in front of the Law Building across Bissonnet Street. To reserve space for your group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7858 at least two weeks in advance and let us know what date and time you plan to use the Cullen Sculpture Garden. Please note that there is no alternate venue for lunch in the event of inclement weather.
MFA Café: Food and beverages are available for purchase at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building. No outside food is permitted in the café.
Can we take photographs?
Video and still photography, without flash, are permitted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, solely for private, noncommercial use, and only in Museum galleries that are devoted to its permanent collections, including the Cullen Sculpture Garden. If your group is interested in taking pictures, please allow additional time for photography after your guided tour is complete. Learn more about the Museum’s photography policies.
Will there be time to visit the MFA Shop?
Students are welcome to visit the MFA Shop after their guided tour or at any point during their self-guided visit. Ten students accompanied by an adult chaperone may enter the shop at one time.