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The Houston Museum of Fine Arts

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1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300
https://www.mfah.org/
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Wonderful exhibits. Great way to spend afternoon or evening. MFA cafe has good food selection. Check out MFA movie schedule to catch a classic or art film. 40 minute walk or 10 ... Read more
minute drive from Hopkins House (Metro bus 056 travels along Montrose Ave also)

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Local from Houston, Texas

I came here on a Thursday since they’re free admission. There were a lot of huge paintings and sculptures. Then you have to go through an underground tunnel to go to the other building which was cool. I came here by myself. Take note though that selfie sticks are not allowed. You can take selfies with your phone or bring a Professional camera but they will not allow selfie sticks for the reason that you might hit something with it, I guess. The ushers there are nice and accommodating and they even offer to take your picture sometimes.

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Local from Houston, Texas

Houston has a great Museum District with attractions for everyones' interests. You can easily get to the Museum District by taking the MetroRAIL Green or Purple line westbound from our house into downtown and then taking the Red line southbound to the Museum District stop. No driving necessary to visit this unique part of town with so many wonderful museums, restaurants and even a butterfly garden!

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Local from Houston

An average Fine Art museum; the best collection is the Madonnas and Catholic inspired artwork, they have some real gems. And they have an interesting section on 1950's and 60's era stuff. Otherwise it looks like they grabbed up mediocre samples from every "Big Name" artist to hang like a trophy just to say they have one from so-and-so. But none of those are really worth visiting. They do have a really nice Tiffany window kind of all by itself in an unused space. The ancient artifacts area is disjointed; again, just a grab-bag of random old stuff in a single room. Not impressive. The best thing they do is host the temporary and traveling exhibits; look out for those, they are well advertised all over the city and on their website. They are the only reason I ever visit this museum.

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Wonderful exhibits. Great way to spend afternoon or evening. MFA cafe has good food selection. Check out MFA movie schedule to catch a classic or art film. 40 minute walk or 10 minute drive from Hopkins House (Metro bus 056 travels along Montrose Ave also)

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Local from Houston, Texas

I was born and raised in Vietnam and moved to Alabama a few years back, so this was my first real life experience with a serious museum. It was the best.

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Local from Houston, Texas

The first municipal art museum in Texas is most well-known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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Humble, Texas, USA

A visit to the Museum of Fine arts never disappoints! New exhibits are constantly featured and classics like the James Turrell tunnel are favorites of Houstonians. Fridays after 4 are free to the public and so worth the visit!

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Anaheim, California, USA

The perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon. Remember that Thursday afternoon/evening is free entry.

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Local from Houston, Texas

It's a very interesting place to visit specially by your self or with someone

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Burns, Kansas

This museum is world renowned for its nearly 60,000 works of antique and modern art gathered from nearly every corner of the world.

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Visitors can enhance their visit by joining ongoing gallery talks and tours, or they can learn more about various pieces using their mobile devices.

Take a look at displays as diverse as 2,500 Years of African Art, Indonesian Gold, Americana, European masterworks, modern masterpieces, and a breathtakingly expansive sculpture garden.

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Bentonville

I had a horrible experience the staff was following me around everywhere I went like I was going to suddenly steal something

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Local from Houston, Texas, USA

MFAH is another common tourist attraction for visitors to Houston, but there is a reason for that. It really is good, especially since the 2000 opening of the Audrey Jones Beck building – home to the American and European collections – next door to the original museum, which now hosts the exotic foreign (African, Asian, Latin American) collections, as well as some rotating exhibits and even performances, including movies. The bored volunteer docents here are always stunningly rude, but the place is so beautiful, it’s possible to ignore them and enjoy an entire afternoon, especially on Thursdays, when the museum is free.

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San Francisco, California

Diverse array art with great special exhibits. Was able to catch the amazing Rubens tapestries. Be sure to cross in the tunnel between old and new buildings!!!

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Local from Houston, Texas, USA

The Museum of Fine Arts of full of amazing, thought-provoking exhibits. My children are very young, yet they're still captivated during our visits here.
Very affordable, and great for a family outing, a date, or even a solo excursion.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The curators must have great connections to bring so many great artists such as Chihuly to John Sargent, and they have a superb permanent collection as well, representing fairly equally the different time periods of art.

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Local from Houston, Texas, USA

One of the most underrated museums we've ever been to! You don't have to blow dough on the flashy main exhibitions for a great day of art. The regular exhibits are stunning, meticulously curated, and more than enough for any art junkie.

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Nizwa, Oman

Fans of Terrence Malick's the Tree of Life will be especially awed here by another renowned visual artist interpretation of what could have been a throwaway space - a tunnel connecting the museum's Caroline Wiess Law Building with the Audrey Jones Beck Building. The tunnel reinterpreted by James Turrell, the spearhead of the Light & Space Movement is like stepping into a real life version of Tron. The changing cycle of illumination is absolutely amazing. It's no wonder Malick shot Penn here.

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Local from Houston

My dad would always take me here when I was younger, and in my High School days he would let me skip every once in a while to go with him to a new opening exhibit. Of course, this is the place that every aspiring artist needs to check out. With two buildings, levels of art, and an underground tunnel, what else needs to be said about the Museum of Fine Arts?

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Saw the fantastic Picasso Black & White exhibit here. Solid permanent collection of European paintings. Love the Dan Graham piece in the sculpture garden.

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This museum is large and they have an excellent collection. Very interesting place to see if you have time. Go on Thursdays because it's free admission.

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