Fort Worth's Cultural District has one of America's finest museum collections

Fort Worth’s Cultural District has one of America’s finest museum collections | Pro Club Bd

In the summer, Texans flock to air-conditioned activities. Whether you’re looking for a fun local escape or eyeing a good old Texas vacation, the Fort Worth Cultural District is the perfect place to immerse yourself in art, cowgirl history, science, and more museums for those who want to escape the heat a healthy dose of culture.

The Fort Worth Cultural District has one of America’s finest museum collections on its inspiring campus. It offers an experience that spans the entire history of art, including antiques, impressionist milestones, and modern works of art, all within walking distance. Of the Kimbell Art Museum to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the cultural district has something for everyone. And due to the proximity of attractions, everything is entirely walkable, making it the perfect cultural escape whether you have just a few minutes or a few hours.

“The Fort Worth Cultural District is truly one of Cowtown’s best kept secrets,” said Mitch Witten, Visit Fort Worth’s chief operating officer paper town. “Fort Worth has so much to be proud of, and our city’s investment in so many outstanding cultural institutions tops the list.”

Let’s break down some of the district’s highlights and landmarks:

The Kimbell Art Museum is a must see in Fort Worth. (Courtesy Kimbell)

Kimbell Art Museum

This is one of the most famous museums in Fort Worth Kimbell Art Museum. This iconic museum with internationally renowned awards celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. The building itself is a masterpiece of architectural design. Designed by architect Louis Kahn, the vaulted building, meticulously designed with a tribute to the natural light that fills its space, has served as inspiration for countless artists and architects in their own work.

The Kimbell’s permanent collection comprises approximately 350 works of art and is of exceptional artistic quality and importance. The collection includes Asian and non-Western as well as European art and dates back to the mid-20th century. In addition to its extensive and outstanding collection, the museum offers a variety of tours, events and activities.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The Kimbell isn’t the only member in the district celebrating a milestone anniversary. In 2021 the Amon Carter Museum of American Art celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Carter’s renowned collection celebrates the breadth and depth of American art, from early daguerreotypes to site-specific installations by contemporary artists. The museum was founded around Amon G. Carter Sr.’s extensive collection of works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, but has since expanded to include artworks by thousands of artists that showcase the creativity and complexity of American art. The museum is free to visit and also houses a variety of events including the famous “Second Thursdays at Carter” where visitors can connect with art through cocktails, conversation and creativity through various activities each month.

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is one of the top art museums in the country.

Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art

A trip to the cultural district is not complete without a stop at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. The Modern is a leader in collecting, displaying and interpreting art from the 1940s to the present day. In addition to 53,000 square feet of soaring, light-filled gallery space and a landscaped campus with outdoor sculptures, the museum features a reflecting pond, theater, educational center, gift shop, and cafe—creating a thriving hub for the community and beyond.

Founded in 1892, The Modern is the oldest museum in Texas and known for its developing international collection. The museum’s holdings include influential artists from Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear and Agnes Martin to Mark Bradford, Teresita Fernández, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Kehinde Wiley. In addition to this impressive collection, Modern hosts artist talks, workshops, lectures, youth and adult classes, art camps and more. It also presents critically acclaimed debut films and collaborates with other local arts organizations to offer music, dance and theatre.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Calling all cowgirls! Learn how the West won at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. This 33,000 square meter museum honors and celebrates women whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the West. It fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance that inspire them. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women from across the West and around the world who have shown exceptional courage and pioneering spirit in their pioneering endeavors.

The museum includes interactive exhibition galleries featuring artifacts from the permanent collection, a traveling exhibition gallery, two theaters, a gift shop, a research library and archives, and a brand new second floor. Currently, the museum’s archives house more than 4,000 artifacts and information on more than 750 notable women. It is also home to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame with 248 honorees including pioneers, artists, writers, entertainers, humanitarians, businesswomen, educators, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls. As you walk through, you might recognize a few names like Sacagawea, Georgia O’Keeffe, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Annie Oakley, US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and more.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (decency)

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

After all, learning never stops there Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a subsidiary of Smithsonian. The museum focuses on engaging the community through creative, lively programs and features exhibits that interpret the science and stories of Texas and the Southwest. The permanent exhibitions include DinoLabs and DinoDig, the Children’s Museum, Innovation Studios, Noble Space Gallery, and more.

In addition to its visiting exhibitions, the museum also hosts field trips, birthday parties, and school programs. At a time when STEM education has never been more important, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is an incredible asset to the North Texas community.

And if your cultural appetite hasn’t been satiated after visiting all these remarkable museums, the Cultural Quarter also has several other nearby attractions, including the Texas Botanical Research Institute (BRIT) and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardenthat extend the Fort Wort culture into the natural world.

Immerse yourself in culture this summer in Fort Worth.

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