All visitors are welcome to drop in and enjoy gallery tours! Museum educators share connections between different works of art, cultures, and time periods.
Gallery tours are offered daily. Check the tour calendar for times and topics.
Although tours are geared toward adults, children are also welcome to attend. No reservations are required. Free with Museum admission; free for Museum members.
For a more self-directed learning experience, Museum audio guides offer a variety of seasonal tours developed and narrated by curators and conservators. Tour the MFAH art collections and temporary exhibitions at your own pace with audio guides, available for rent in the lobbies.
Self-Guided Tour: #InstaTourMFAH
Discover the MFAH through some of the most photographed works of art! You don’t need Instagram or even a smartphone to take the guided #InstaTourMFAH. Simply pick up a copy of the guide at an admissions desk—or download and print it out yourself—and use the prompts and questions to experience the Museum in a new way.
Guided group tours, available for adult groups of 10 or more, encourage participants to look closely, to discuss observations, and to make connections between works of art. Each tour lasts about an hour and can be tailored to meet a variety of interests.
Tours for Museum Members
Museum members are invited to attend exclusive, hour-long tours every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Advance reservations are recommended: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.353.1550.
Gallery Tours at Bayou Bend & Rienzi
Bayou Bend and Rienzi, the two MFAH house museums nestled in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, offer docent-led tours of the collections.
Choose a highlights tour or a more in-depth study tour of the Bayou Bend Collection of American decorative arts and paintings.
► Learn more about Bayou Bend's guided tours.
Take a docent-led tour of Rienzi's European decorative arts and paintings, or visit for special-topic talks offered throughout the year.
► Learn more about Rienzi's house tours.
Lunch + Look
On weekdays, drop in on a lunchtime gallery tour for free as part of the Lunch + Look program. When you have lunch at the Museum café or the on-site daily food truck, you may bring your receipt to any admissions desk for free same-day general admission on weekdays. Enter the Museum between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and stay as long as you wish, until closing time.