The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : Michelin's recommendations
Founded in 1900 as the first municipal art museum in Texas, this is now one of the largest museums in the US. A wide-ranging permanent collection of more than 40,000 works is exhibited in the new Audrey Jones Beck Building (José Rafael Moneo, 2000), an austere Postmodern white-granite edifice. Highlights include the Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Matisse and Cassatt; and the Glassell Collection of African gold. Here also are Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities; Renaissance and 18C art; and stunning American folk-art quilts. Works by Remington and Southwest Indian art are featured in the Western art collection. The original light-filled, Neoclassical Caroline Wiess Law Building (1924) across Main Street is given over largely to temporary and traveling exhibitions. A tunnel connects the two buildings and a popular basement café. Between the Law Building and the museum-operated Glassell School of Art is the Cullen Sculpture Gardena (1986, Isamu Noguchi). The museum displays American decorative arts at Bayou Bend Collection and Garden, and European decorative arts at Rienzi, including a fine collection of 18C Worcester porcelain.