More Than Just “Cowtown”
Fort Worth is known for its vibrant livestock history—we are nicknamed “Cowtown,” after all—but you might be surprised to learn that we also have an incredibly rich and diverse arts scene. Fort Worth’s cultural district is home not only to the Stock Show & Rodeo, our largest annual event, but also to a handful of art museums showcasing artists from all over the world. Let’s check out two of our must-visit museums to add to your Fort Worth itinerary.
The Modern Art Museum
Founded in 1892, the Modern is more than the oldest museum in Texas. It’s also a global leader in showcasing, collecting, and interpreting art dating from the 1940s to the present.
The Modern’s constantly changing gallery exhibits connect museumgoers of all ages and backgrounds to revolutionary works of art. In 2002, the museum relocated to a building that is a work of art in itself: a breathtaking glass, concrete, and steel structure designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
The museum’s sprawling collections include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Agnes Martin, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and many more. The redesigned museum also features a theater, reflection pool, sculptures, education center, and a cafe. Check out one of the Modern’s frequent film screenings, or take a workshop to start making masterpieces of your own! Either way, a trip to the Modern is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Pro tip: The museum offers free admission until 8pm on Fridays! Normally, tickets are $16 for adults and can be purchased online.
The Kimbell Art Museum
Although the Kimbell officially opened its doors in October 1972, the Kimbell Art Foundation, which created the museum, was established all the way back in 1936.
The foundation originally specialized in collecting British and French portraits from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but it has since expanded into a critically acclaimed collection spanning the entirety of Western art history. Today, the Kimbell collection consists of roughly 350 works that represent a wide range of periods and movements in art history.
Perhaps what the Kimbell is most known for is its revolving temporary exhibits. If you’re planning to visit soon, make sure you check out “Bonnard’s World,” running now until January 28th. This special showcase highlights the work of French painter Pierre Bonnard, a master of color and light.
Pro tip: Admission to the Kimbell is free, but the museum charges for special exhibitions. However, the Kimbell offers half-price admission to special exhibitions on Tuesdays from 10am-5pm and Fridays from 5-8pm. Half-price tickets are not available for online purchase.
An Unforgettable Arts Experience
Both of these museums are located in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district and only scratch the surface of the city’s art scene. When planning your trip, make sure you set aside ample time to explore our cultural district and everything it has to offer!
Written by Annie, a local expert guide for Fort Worth Crawling. After living in NYC for three years, this Fort Worth native is excited to return to her roots in Panther City. She enjoys traveling and the great outdoors and is passionate about the arts, community, tacos, and (of course) Texas beer. Join Annie for history and beer on Fort Worth Crawling’s Cowboy Pub Crawl!