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Best Museums In Fort Worth

Fort Worth has several world-class museums. Most of the major ones sit within walking distance of each other in the city's cultural district, just off the intersection of University Drive and Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Kimbell Sculpture
A sculpture outside the Kimbell Art Museum.

Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fridays, noon–8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Fort Worth has several great museums, but the Kimbell is probably the best-known. In fact, it's routinely called one of the best small museums in the country. Its reputation is well-deserved: where else can you see Michalengelo's first-ever painting, Carvaggio's The Cardsharps, and Mondrian's Abstraction, all in a building that is itself a work of art? Admission to the permanent collection is free, but you'll have to pay to see the special exhibitions.

The Modern
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Tue 10 am–5 pm (Feb-Apr, Sep-Nov 10 am-7 pm)
Wed 10 am–5 pm
Thu 10 am–5 pm
Fri 10 am–5 pm (First Friday of the month, 10 am-8 pm)
Sat 10 am–5 pm
Sun 11 am–5 pm
The Modern is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

The Modern, as it's called, is no slouch itself. Like that of its neighbor the Kimbell, its building is also celebrated. The Modern's collection is fantastic, too. Many visitors start with Richard Serra's Vortex, a 67-foot-tall rusted steel sculpture that greets visitors outside the building (step inside and listen to the echoes). Inside the museum you'll find works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Hockney and other modern masters. Adult admission is $10; Kids 12 and under get in free; Students with ID and people 60+ pay $4.

Amon Carter Museum
The Amon Carter Museum.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2695

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays.

The Carter is named for Amon Carter, who founded the Star-Telegram newspaper and was a major booster of Fort Worth for decades. In his will, he left money to start a museum dedicated to American art. The museum's building was designed by famed American architect Philip Johnson. Among the many treasures inside are the world's leading collections of art by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

1600 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The museum's name doesn't roll off the tongue like "The Kimbell" or "The Modern," but the fourth major collection in Fort Worth's cultural district is another must-see. It recently moved into a new building after 50 years in its original home. As you would expect from its name, the museum specializes in science. It houses more than 175,000 objects and focuses on Texas and the southwest. It's also great for kids, with a lot of hands-on learning, a planetarium, and an IMAX theater called The Omni.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

1720 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Let's face it: as good as Fort Worth's major museums are, there are many other similar museums in other cities across the country. But the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is unique. Women like former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and western artist Georgia O'Keefe are enshrined there along with nearly 200 other pioneering western women. It's a perfect fit for Fort Worth, which has long billed itself as "Where The West Begins."

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