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Fort Worth’s Best Museums and Art Meccas

The Ultimate Guide to Texas' Underrated Art Wonderland

BY // 08.09.19

With its rich western history and historic Stockyards, Fort Worth is called Cowtown for a reason. But the city’s art scene also ranks as one of the best in the country. From contemporary art and science museums to cowgirls and livestock, Fort Worth has got it all.

These are Fort Worth’s Best Museums:

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell Street

This modern art museum originally opened in 1892, but its newest building in the Cultural District was built in 2002. The collection has all sorts of post-World War II art, ranging from paintings by Jackson Pollock to sculpture by KAWS. All major, international movements are included such as Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Neo-Expressionism.

Currently The Modern is exhibiting David Park: A Retrospective until September 22. Known as the founder of Bay Area Figurative art, Park was an American avant-garde artist. Coming up this fall, there will also be a 20 year survey of the work of Robyn O’Neil.  That starts October 18.

Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard

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Designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn, The Kimbell opened in 1972. It houses a collection of some of the greatest artistic masterpieces from around the world. From European artists such as Michelangelo and Matisse to African and Asian pieces, this museum has a lot to appreciate.

And until September 15, Monet: The Late Years is the special exhibit on display. It’s the first exhibition in more than 20 years dedicated to the finale phase of Monet’s career. In all, 52 paintings trace the evolution of Monet’s practice from 1913 to his death in 1926. A Renoir exhibit will follow beginning on October 27.

The Kimbell is not only known for its collection, but its incredible architecture.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard

Also located in the Cultural District is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It’s been closed during this summer for renovations, but will re-open on September 14 with reimagined galleries, expanded exhibitions and new events.

A collection of paintings, sculpture and photography, the museum’s upcoming exhibitions include “Seeing in Detail: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas,” “Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves,” “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work,” and “Puente Nuevo by Justin Favela.”

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

1600 Gendy Street

The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History explores space, dinosaurs, energy, tornados and more. It also has a 9/11 Tribute, including a full-facade panel that supported three floors, two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower at the World Trade Center.

A Texas-focused exhibit, The Cattle Raisers Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history and science of the cattle industry. The museum is incredibly kid friendly with a DinoDig, Children’s Museum gallery, and virtual reality laboratory to explore space.

Fort Worth Museum of Science
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History explores dinosaurs, space, and more.

Stockyards Museum

131 E. Exchange Avenue, Suite 113

Showcasing the history of the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Stockyards Museum is a collection of artifacts, photos, and exhibits that document the region’s Native American connections, the Chisholm Trail, livestock market and Swift and Armour Packing plants.

Located inside of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, this is where you can really experience why Fort Worth is known as Cowtown. Plan a day just for the museum, wandering the historic area and grabbing some barbecue. There’s a lot to see.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

1720 Gendy Street

Located in the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Cowgirl Museum was established in 1975. The museum honors the women of the American West who showed courage, resilience and independence. It’s the only museum in the world dedicated to displaying the courage and pioneering spirit of these women.

Here, you can explore interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, a gift shop, and research library and archives. You’ll learn about more than 750 women from the West in the 33,000 square foot museum. Recently having reopened its second floor after a $5.5 million renovation, it houses a Western Design Room and Bucking Bronc Room.

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