Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940

On view February 21–May 30, 2016

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Museum and café open extended hours during final weeks!
Thursday, Friday & Saturday | May 12–14, May 19–21, May 26–28 | 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sculpted in Steel showcases 14 cars and three motorcycles, alongside historical images and videos. The classic grace and modern luxury of Art Deco design dazzles in vehicles from the United States and around the world.

Automakers embraced the sleek iconography of streamlining and introduced industrial materials to present aircraft-inspired body styles. Grilles and hood ornaments, headlamps, windows, and instrument panels are just some of the elements that were transformed through the use of chrome detailing and innovative aerodynamics. The cars and motorcycles on view in Sculpted in Steel were crafted from the finest materials of the time.

Tickets purchased online or on-site are good for any day, any time, during regular Museum hours, and include access to High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter and general admission fees.


MFAH Member (Join now!) Free
Adult (19+) $23
Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID) $18
College Student (19+ with ID)Youth (13–18) $18
Child (12 & younger) Free

In-Gallery Extra: Audio Tour
Enhance your experience with the optional audio tour, available in both English and Spanish. Hear from an automobile collector, a car historian, and the exhibition's curator as they share insights into the vehicles' designs and histories.

Arts & Smarts
Sip on a Bugatti, a Sculpted in Steel-themed specialty cocktail, at the fabulous Hotel ZaZa next door, or book a package for a luxury hotel package that includes tickets to the exhibition. More Info


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lead corporate sponsor:
Northern Trust

Lead foundation underwriting is provided by The Hamill Foundation.

Additional generous funding is provided by:

Norton Rose Fulbright

Vivian L. Smith Foundation


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