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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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US$ 59.00*
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Houston CityPASS
Ranked #9 of 325 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The permanent collection is excellent, and the venue is absolutely stunning. Throughout our visit, we were impressed with thoughtful "curator-ship," such as how various artists were grouped, and how the galleries demonstrated artistic movements with various works. The Michelangelo exhibition was glorious; many school groups were visiting on the day we saw it, but both the docents and guards helped keep things well in hand.

Parking could be challenging on a busy day--we got lucky with on-street parking!

Thank Thomas U
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought a combined ticket for $30 which seemed a good deal compared to all the separate prices which was rather confusing. Glad we did. Really enjoyed all the exhibits. Good survey collection of European art. Fascinating room of Spanish Colonial art. The Michelangelo exhibit was small but had a couple of wonderful drawings as well as a Titian and a Raphael. The crowds were in the Oscar de la Renta exhibit which even I enjoyed as well. The Indian art and artifacts of NW India was the highlight. From minature paintings, emerald encrusted jewellery and a set up tent - apparently the only Mughal tent still in existence to a Rolls Royce and an aeroplane! Really made me want to visit that part of India.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The MFA is one of Houston highlights, with extraordinary exhibitions and films, and the addition of the new MFA coffee bar is perfect, offering a range of choices for those who just want a snack to those who want a full meal. I don't get to visit as often as I like, so every time I go it's a good time.

Thank Donna C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Convenient location near downtown Houston. It is adjacent to or a few blocks from Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science, Children’s Museum, and Hermann Park which has a shady zoo.
This Museum is spacious with plenty of viewing room so it’s easy to enjoy an artwork from different positions. Rice University with its gorgeous oak trees and the Houston Medical Center are also close by the Museums.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This classy museum is a credit to the city of Houston and to the curatorial staff. One of the two interconnected buildings is clearly custom built and has great display spaces and it's a fairly easy complex to find your way around. Consider parking in the building next door (Montrose I think) as you can walk through from carpark to Museum. The Museum has a whole serious of separate collections (many of them Asian) and a nice run through of European art from Medieval to the present day. We're into Impressionism and there's a nice selection of pieces, albeit generally less well known that those in the great European galleries. But the highlight for us was a superb little exhibition on Michelangelo and the Vatican; definitely not to be missed. The other temporary exhibition on a Rajahstan royal family was also interesting and well laid out. One last thing: there's a very pleasant little cafe, well laid out with a sensible selection of food which you're probably going to want to use given that it would take a visit of at least 4-5 hours just to make a decent dent on the everything there is to see.

Thank AllanJGJ
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