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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Paradise Is a Garden

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
US/Central

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Presented by Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history, Rice University

With its origins in pre-Islamic Iran, the classical Persian garden would be seen by some as the prototype of the celestial garden. As landscapes of repose and delight, gardens were also closely linked to political prestige and power. Demonstrating control over land, finances, labor, and nature itself, the pleasure garden was a prerogative of kingship, an assertion of ruling legitimacy, as well as a display of aesthetic prowess.

Universally recognized as deeply meaningful spiritual and political landscapes, the Persian garden would become the most influential garden design in the Western world, spreading from Iran to Spain to India to Italy and Western Europe. The lecture explores the cultural and social life of the Persian garden to provide context for the exhibition Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

Tickets
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult Nonmembers
Reserve your seat in advance! Get tickets below.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • 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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