Did you know that Fort Worth is considered the “museum capital of the Southwest?” You don’t have to drive all over town or even do much research to figure out how it earned this title.
You could spend days exploring all of the cultural gems in the city but a good place to start is the Fort Worth Cultural District.
The Cultural District boasts five highly acclaimed museums, all within walking distance of each other and it is about a mile west of downtown. Here’s a little walking tour for you.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
General Admission: $10; Children 12 and younger are Free
You can start at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worthwhere you will find an impressive collection that represents everything from Minimalism and Pop Art to contemporary photography and video.
Kimbell Art Museum
Hours: Tue-Thurs and Sat: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fri noon- 8 p.m., Sun noon- 5 p.m.
General Admission is free but there is a charge for special exhibits.
Next door to The Modern, you’ll find the Kimbell Art Museum, which is famous not only for the wide array of art inside but also the building’s design by architect Louis Kahn. General admission is free to the Kimbell and inside you’ll find works of art from all time periods and all around the world.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10 am – 5 pm; Thurs, 10 am- 5 pm; Sun noon – 5 pm
Admission is Free
Since the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is right next door to the Kimball, it’s a logical third stop. The Carter also has free admission and it houses one of the nation’s most renowned collection of American art, in range from the early-nineteenth century all the way to contemporary photography.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun noon- 5 p.m.
Museum Admission- $14/adults. $10/children
Turning the corner onto Montgomery Street, you’ll find the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. A great kid-friendly museum I recently wrote a piece in detail about taking your kids to this wonderful museum which you can read here. All of their exhibits are educational and hands-on and there are numerous exhibits (indoors and out) that will keep your kids intrigued all day.
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun noon – 5 p.m.
Admission- $10/adults, $8/children (age 3-12)
If you buy general admission tickets to the Science and History museum, you can purchase half-priced tickets to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. This is the only designated cowgirl museum in the world and it really is a must-see. It honors the hard-working women from the past and present as well as legends honored in the Hall of Fame.
See how the Cultural District could fill up several days? In all of your exploring, you’re bound to get hungry and want to do some shopping. So please keep in mind that all of the previous mentioned museums have gift shops and all of them except the Cowgirl Museum have a cafe.
If you’re still left with wanting more, there are a few more awesome spots near this museum epicenter. Check the schedule to see what is showing at the Casa Manana, a theater in the round that dates back to 1936. Log Cabin Village- Fort Worth’s Living History Museum is also close by. It’s a very affordable family outing with lots of fun, hands-on experiences. And if you need just one more recommendation, go to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. This is a beautiful oasis that anyone would enjoy and the kids are sure to enjoy feeding the large koi.