Paradise Is a Garden
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
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.
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult Nonmembers
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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.
- 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.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
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Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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- 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
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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Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Sep. 1 – Jan. 13, 2019
The Connoisseur’s Eye: New Perspectives on Ceramics in the Rienzi Collection
Oct. 7 – Jan. 27, 2019
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol
Sep. 12 – Feb. 24, 2019
A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Nov. 2 – Mar. 24, 2019
Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Dec. 8 – Jun. 9, 2019
Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Dec. 8 – Dec. 29, 2018
Members Tour “Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow”
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20, 2018
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Christmas Village at Bayou Bend with Santa and his reindeer
Dec. 10 – Jan. 14, 2019
Exclusive Tour “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol”
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