The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Radicals and Revolutionaries: America’s Founding Fathers

Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 – Monday, May. 28, 2018


Radicals and Revolutionaries: America’s Founding Fathers features paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the MFAH collections—including 18th-century selections from Bayou Bend and Rienzi—along with several works from other Houston collections.

During the American Revolution and the early years of the United States, great artists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean produced images of leaders, and of military and political events, that were disseminated throughout the world. American artists such as Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull established their artistic reputations by painting portraits and battle scenes. These images defined the nation’s visual identity and character, shaping the meaning of American independence while providing a visual roadmap from colony to country.

George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and other “founding fathers” became icons of the revolution and the architects of a new nation. In addition to these famous figures, many others played critical roles in the events and outcomes of the American Revolution. This exhibition tells that larger story through a transatlantic lens that features patriots, loyalists, and colonists, including Native Americans, African Americans, and women, as well as the English Parliament and monarchy.


  • 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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