There are many ways to enjoy your Museum for FREE! Browse the list below for a few ideas.

Thursdays: Always FREE, Courtesy of Shell

It's simple. If it's a Thursday, general admission to the MFAH is completely FREE, to everyone, courtesy of Shell. Plus, the Museum is open late on Thursdays (until 9 p.m.), so bring the entire posse for free after work.

Don't forget that there are always special offerings like gallery talks and tours offered on Thursdays that are included in your visit, also free. Check the online calendar to see what's happening next.

Kids Get in FREE When . . .

1) They are 12 years old or younger.

2) Visiting on a Saturday or Sunday. Ages 18 and younger simply show their library card from any public library in Texas. (The cardholder receives the free general admission.)

3) Using the voucher they received after their school trip to the MFAH. (Each student who visits the Museum on a school tour is given a voucher to return with FREE admission for themselves—and their family!)

Lunch + Look = FREE Weekday Admission, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Between the varied cuisine at the daily food trucks, and the tasty Northern Italian offerings at the MFA Café, the Museum is the perfect FREE destination at lunchtime.

On weekdays, bring your lunch receipt to any admissions desk and you'll receive free same-day general admission from 12 noon to 2 p.m.* Enter the Museum during those hours, and stay as long as you wish, until closing time. *Free admission does not apply to ticketed events or special exhibitions.

The Cullen Sculpture Garden: Always FREE

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden is the perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Houston. This tranquil oasis of art and nature is open every day of the year, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is always free to all.

Click here to learn about the garden, created by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

FREE Fun at Bayou Bend

An amazing afternoon of free fun awaits at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens! On the third Sunday of the month (September to May), Bayou Bend Family Days feature crafts, music, games, giveaways, and more for kids and adults. Families are also welcome to enjoy guided tours of select rooms of the house. Questions? Contact or 713.639.7750

FREE Activities at Rienzi

Rienzi offers free programs for all ages, no admission fee required! Enjoy Sunday Family Days, Gallery Talks, and more. See what's coming up at Rienzi. Questions? Contact or 713.639.7800

Ways College Students Can Get in for FREE

College students can get FREE admission in two ways:

  • Bring a class assignment and student ID 
    Students attending any college or university can show that they are participating in an art-related assignment in order to receive free general admission. 
  • Attend a college that is part of the University Partnership Program
    Students of universities that participate in our University Partnership Program can show their student ID to receive free general admission and discounts on ticketed exhibitions. Learn more.

Wait! There's More

One More Way to Get FREE Admission . . .
Did you know that Bank of America cardholders are allowed one free general admission to the MFAH as part of the Museums on Us customer benefit program, applicable to the first Saturday and Sunday of each month? Learn more.

Some Free Add-ons
Whether you paid for admission or not, you'll find activities at the MFAH that don't cost extra. Before you visit, see what's going on that day so you can take full advantage of your time on the Museum campus.