The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Members Tour “Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow”

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 – Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018

11:00 AM

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Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow highlights the significance of gardens in Islamic lands through the lens of the world-renowned—but rarely displayed—Wagner Garden Carpet, along with masterworks from the Hossein Afshar Collection.

The Wagner Garden Carpet, woven in Safavid Iran in the 17th century, is considered one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world. It is unique from all other examples in its unusually dense and naturalistic depictions of flora and fauna, symbolizing an earthly paradise. Selections of objects from the Hossein Afshar Collection amplify the display and demonstrate the profound ideal of garden imagery in all artistic media, from ceramics and metalwork to the arts of the book in Islamic lands.

MFAH members are invited to reserve a spot for this one-hour tour to explore the exhibition together with a Museum docent.

Space is limited, and spots fill up fast. Secure your reservation in advance at rsvp@mfah.org or 713.353.1550. Not a member? Join today!

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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