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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

An organization that is non-profit situated inside Houston’s Museum District in Houston, Texas, is the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Established in 1948, the museum was set up to exhibit present artworks for the general public. It is a non-collecting institution it strives to provide for the needs of every visual arts form as well as the recent past and to provide new perspectives in art. It is a place for interaction with the general public and promotes a greater understanding of contemporary art by offering educational programs. Contemporary Art Museum Houston occupied the entire structure that Gunnar Birkerts designed. The museum was inaugurated in 1972.

Seven Houston residents have established The Contemporary Arts Museum to provide a contemporary art space to the community and record the role of the arts in the modern world through presentations, exhibitions, and various other activities. The museum began by presenting exhibitions at various locations across the city, often using its own Museum of Fine Arts.

In the 1980s, The Museum was growing significantly, allowing it to expand its sphere of influence by exhibiting exhibitions that toured and presented performances, surveys, Still-life contemporary art exhibitions, shows with a single artist, and many more. In the 1990s, however, the museum shifted its focus to focusing on artwork created during the last 40 years and tried to expand its international reach.

Education and Programs available

  • Vera and Andy Baker
  • The Brown Foundation, Inc.
  • Jereann Chaney
  • Catherine Baen Hennessy and Matt Hennessy
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • M.D. Anderson Foundation
  • Mary Ann and Mark Miller Bed Bug Exterminator Houston
  • Nordstrom
  • Cabrina and Steven Owsley
  • Louisa Stude Sarofim
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • Vivian L. Smith Foundation
  • Elizabeth and Barry Young
  • Marion and David P. Young

Join and Give

The experience you get through Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, whether inside the building or in the Museum from Home, is created by our amazing group of patrons and members. Please help us spread the fascinating, diverse modern, exciting world of art to more than 70,000 people every year by making a donation or signing up to become a CAMH member now.


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-profit organization. Everything you encounter at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, whether in the museum or through the Museum From Home, is created by our generous group of patrons and members. Donations of any size are essential and highly appreciated by our varied and enthusiastic community.

Exhibition Fund

Donate to the CAMH Exhibition Fund to bring local as well as national and international art by emerging and established modern artists into Houston.

Address: 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX

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