In 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston unveiled plans for the redevelopment of its 14-acre campus, including a unifying master plan; a new building for 20th- and 21st-century art; a new home for the Glassell School of Art; and a new center for conservation. The project would transform both the museum and the surrounding neighborhood to be the region’s cultural hub.
The foundation committed a principal grant of $50 million, and in 2018, announced an additional $25 million challenge grant to complete the capital campaign goal of $450 million.
On November 21, 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opened the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building to the public, inaugurating Houston’s newest cultural landmark and marking the completion of the decade-long expansion and enhancement of the Museum’s Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus.
The third gallery building of the MFAH, dedicated for the display of the Museum’s outstanding and fast-growing international collections of modern and contemporary art, the 237,000-square-foot Kinder Building was designed by Steven Holl, Principal and Lead Designer of Steven Holl Architects.
The redevelopment of the Sarofim Campus and off-site art-storage facilities has been the largest cultural project in North America, with some 650,000 square feet of new construction. Steven Holl Architects designed the master plan for the redevelopment, along with the Kinder Building and a new home for the Glassell School of Art. Lake|Flato Architects designed the new Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. Both the school and the conservation center opened in 2018.
Read about the campus redevelopment.mfah.org
Kinder Foundation Education Center
In keeping with the Kinder’s desire to strengthen resources for educators, the foundation pledged $2 million in 2000 to help re-launch the former Teacher Resource Center at the Museum. Today, the Kinder Foundation Education Center is the MFAH education department’s hub for all interpretive resources and materials and serves as the main source of information on the museum’s collection for the public.
News & Press
- Houston Might Be the Most Exciting City for Art in the United States — Here’s What to See —Travel+Leisure
- Houston museum highlights contributions of Latin American artists to 20th century art —PBS News Hour
- A Triumphant, User-Friendly Addition —Wall Street Journal
- Inside MFAH’s $476 million expansion, the nation’s largest cultural construction project in a decade —Houston Chronicle
- Steven Holl’s Luminous Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston —Architectural Record
- Houston to Celebrate the Opening on Saturday, November 21, of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building —Press Release
- Take a look at what’s inside MFAH’s new Kinder Building —Houston Chronicle
- Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Is Proof That Everything Really Is Bigger In Texas —Town & Country Magazine
- Dazzling Glaze: Steven Holl Architects tames the harsh Houston glare with clever massing and opaque tubular glass —The Architect's Newspaper
- Here’s when you can visit MFAH’s new Kinder Building —Houston Chronicle
- MFAH Announces Details of Inaugural Installations in Its New Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, Opening to the Public Saturday, November 21 —Press Release
- MFAH announces the opening date for its new Kinder Building —Houston Chronicle
- Museum of Fine Arts Houston sets opening date for final portion of $450M project —Houston Business Journal
- The 11 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2020 —Architectural Digest
- Lights, Dragons, Action: Get Ready for MFAH’s Kinder Building Next Fall —Houston Press
- Hotly Anticipated New Kinder Building Set to Make an Arty Debut in Houston — Jigsaw Like Stunner is a Museum Game Changer —PaperCity