The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting in international, national and regional art. Through dynamic exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, the Museum reaches out to local, regional, national and international audiences of all ages. To find out more, click here.
The Museum is closed every Monday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
The Museum’s iconic steel parallelogram building was designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts and opened on October 31, 1972.
Parking for CAMH is available via parallel parking on Bissonnet St., along Montrose Blvd., and in the surrounding areas. Since parking can be a challenge in this area, we suggest you consider taking public transportation, taxi, or a ride share to the Museum in order to avoid parking frustration. You may also use Houston’s bicycle sharing program, BCycle, which has a station across from the Museum District MetroRail station. Paid parking garages are also available through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, across the street from CAMH. Visit their website for locations and rates.
Admission to CAMH is always free.
Absolutely! Schools and other groups may schedule a guided tour of any exhibition with trained members of our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Team. Title 1 schools and groups representing under-served communities may be eligible for a free guided tour, and groups smaller than 40 participants may also request a hands-on workshop. Reservations for guided tours must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
Self-guided groups of more than 10 visitors must also make a reservation with the Tour Programs Coordinator at least one week in advance to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts
Click here to request a tour.
Exhibition handouts are available for each exhibition at the front desk. Handouts contain information about upcoming programs and events held in conjunction with the exhibition.
Art Guides are designed for children of all ages, and provide opportunities for exploration, discovery, and conversation about the art on view. The guides are available for free at the Museum front desk. Also available as resources for your discussion are our Family Review and Teacher’s Guide for each exhibition, where you will find information about the artists, key questions, and specific curriculum connections.
Drop-In Experiences featuring guided in-gallery discussions and pop-up activities are led by our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Team every Saturday from 1–4PM. The FAQ Team is a group of artists and art historians who study each exhibition in order to discuss the work and assist with contextualizing CAMH’s dynamic exhibitions for diverse audiences. No appointment is necessary, and tours are available free of charge. See upcoming Drop-In Experiences on our calendar.
Still photography for personal use is permitted, unless otherwise specified, provided no flash or tripod is used. Videotaping is not permitted. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from CAMH.
Photos and/or videos taken by staff at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) and associated events may be published in print or posted online for download, in online photo albums, on photo/video sharing sites such as YouTube, and on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Photos and videos may also be made available via digital storage devices and/or through email at the discretion of the Museum.
By visiting CAMH and/or attending an event, photos and videos of you at the event may be published in any or all of the above mentioned media and devices at the sole discretion of CAMH. By your attendance at the Museum, you are consenting to photographs being taken and shared through the above-listed platforms unless you expressly revoke your consent by contacting the front desk to receive a sticker that will alert CAMH staff to not take your photograph.
Please note that the CAMH staff members are instructed to ask permission from parents or guardians before taking photos of individual children. If a parent or guardian declines to have their child photographed, the Museum staff member has been instructed to refrain from photographing the family. If a staff member refuses to comply with your request, please email email@example.com.
CAMH does have a Museum Shop, which offers a selection of books, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues related to contemporary art, as well as a variety of gifts, including artist and designer-made jewelry and educational toys and games for children. Museum Shop hours are the same as those for the Museum.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is firearms-free. Firearms, including without limitation handguns, shotguns, and rifles (whether concealed or openly carried) are prohibited on Contemporary Arts Museum Houston premises. See sections 30.06 and 30.07 for more information in English and Spanish. For more information about the Texas “open carry” law, please visit the City of Houston website: houstontx.gov/police/open_carry.
There are many ways to get involved with CAMH. Click here, to read more about donating to CAMH. CAMH’s annual form 990 is available at www.guidestar.org. The IRS allows users to select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings. CAMH’s EIN # is 74-1093771.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-profit organization committed to giving back to our community. We accept requests from licensed non-profit community organizations for membership donations and will fulfill these requests in the form of a Household membership to CAMH. Please send any donation requests, along with a copy of your organization’s formal request letter, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, not all requests may be accommodated. This offer is intended for use by licensed nonprofit organizations; we are unable grant requests to individuals, families, or businesses.
CAMH offers a number of different membership levels for many different interest levels and family sizes. Visit our Membership page to find the membership that best suits your needs.
If you prefer to speak with an individual, please contact the membership department directly to discuss levels and benefits at 713.284.8264 or email@example.com.
We offer an array of membership levels with varying perks and discounts, including Collectors Circle and Young Patrons. Whether you’re an artist, educator, collector, young professional, or totally new to the arts, there’s something for everyone! Contact the membership department to discuss levels and benefits at 713.284.8264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Membership cards and gift receipts will be mailed within 2–4 weeks of purchase.
Your membership is valid until the end of the month one year from the date of purchase. For example, if you purchase a membership in June, it will be valid until June 30 one year later.
Visit The Museum Shop and show your CAMH membership card at checkout.
All members enjoy discounts at The Museum Shop at CAMH and on subscriptions to participating art magazines. Members at the Household level and above also receive 20% off exhibition catalogues at The Museum Shop and reciprocal museum benefits, which may include discounts at participating museums across the U.S. (restrictions apply). Young Patrons members receive discounts on tickets to select special events. Select members also receive a limited number of complimentary exhibition catalogue vouchers or drink vouchers redeemable at CAMH exhibition openings.
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CAMH members at qualifying levels receive reciprocal membership benefits at over 750 museums across the country through our partnerships with the Modern and Contemporary Reciprocal Museums (Mod/Co), the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), and the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). Visit the Mod/Co, ROAM, and NARM websites for more information about participating institutions and benefits. We recommend contacting participating museum(s) before visiting, as rules and restrictions may vary.
CAMH members receive discounts on subscriptions to Artforum, ARTnews, ART PAPERS, BOMB Magazine, and frieze. Contact Membership at email@example.com or 713.284.8264 for discount codes and instructions.
Members at the Friend, Advocate, Associate Circle, Collectors Circle, and Connoisseur Circle levels will receive two vouchers mailed with their membership packet. These vouchers are redeemable for CAMH exhibition catalogues of your choice (restrictions may apply) at The Museum Shop. Visit The Museum Shop and present your voucher(s) at checkout to redeem your catalogues.
You may use your discount at The Museum Shop without your CAMH membership card. Just provide your name and identification at checkout. However, your exhibition catalogue vouchers must be present in order to redeem them.
Yes! The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. You may claim a donation for the difference between the cash and property given to the organization and the value of the benefits received with your membership. For the fair market value of goods and services furnished with each membership, visit the membership section. For tax purposes please use Employer Identification Number 74-1093771.
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No, CAMH does not accept unsolicited submissions for exhibition consideration.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution. As such, we do not buy or accept works of art for the Museum.
It is considered unethical for art museums to give appraisals or valuations for works of art. If you are wanting an appraisal of an artwork in your possession, contact an accredited arts appraiser or auction house.