In Dallas & Fort Worth, you can explore a variety of museums that are world-famous for their architecture and quality of their collections. Dallas boasts the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation while Fort Worth is considered the “the museum capital of the Southwest.” Start exploring a sample of what the arts & culture scene in Dallas & Fort Worth has to offer.
Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson (1906-2005), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses a preeminent collection of American art including painting, sculpture, and works on paper; it has been a Fort Worth institution since 1961. The collection spans early nineteenth-century expeditionary art to mid-twentieth century modernism and includes masterworks by artists such as Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. The museum is one of the nation's major repositories of American photography.
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth | www.cartermuseum.org | 817-738-1933
Located in the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art has a stunning collection with more than 22,000 pieces, spanning the third millennium BC to present day, including ancient Mediterranean art, 18th-20th century European and American art and art of the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Artists on display include O'Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and more.
1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas | www.dma.org | 214-922-1200
Designed by Legoretta + Legoretta in November 2009, the new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History facility is dazzling with its bright colors, geometric forms and abundance of natural light. Exhibits include The Cattle Raisers Museum; DinoLabs; Paluxysaurus jonesi, the official dinosaur of Texas; the Noble Planetarium; the Fort Worth Children’s Museum; Innovation Studios; six glass-walled spaces near the main entrance offering hands-on demonstrations; and the Omni Imax Theater.
1600 Gendy St. Fort Worth | www.fwmuseum.org | 817-255-9300
Fort Worth Opera will inaugurate the tenth anniversary Festival season and celebrate the culmination of the first phase of its Opera of the Americas initiative with the world premiere of JFK – an FWOpera and American Lyric Theater co-commission – by the acclaimed creative duo of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek. JFK offers an intimate portrait of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the eve of the President’s fateful trip to Dallas.
1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth | www.fwopera.org/opera/jfk/ | 817-731-0726
The Kimbell Art Museum is internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture. The Kimbell's collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Monet, Picasso and Matisse. You can also view important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities, Asian, Mesoamerican and African art.
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth | www.kimbellart.org | 817-332-8451
Experience the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando’s “Arbor for Art” in Fort Worth. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the country. See the work of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Discover amazing contemporary works … displayed in a serene concrete and glass building surrounded by a magnificent reflecting pond. Make the trip to see our special exhibitions and take a docent-led tour.
3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth | www.themodern.org | 817-738-9215
Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. The Center was designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. The museum was a long-held dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, who together formed a comprehensive collection of masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others, which continues to grow and evolve.
2001 Flora Street, Dallas | www.nashersculpturecenter.org | 214-242-5150
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring trailblazing women of the American West. Its multimedia exhibits and historic photographs, papers, clothing, spurs and saddles tell the inspiring stories of remarkable women pioneers, ranchers, performers and rodeo stars. At the Cowgirl Shop, find books, apparel, gifts, jewelry and souvenirs.
1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth | www.cowgirl.net | 817-336-4475
Located in the 1892 Dallas County Courthouse, the museum tells the story of Dallas County from prehistoric times through J.R. Ewing and beyond. Featuring historic artifacts, photographs, one of the only hands on history galleries in the U.S. Dedicated to inspire and educate visitors about the rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County Area, the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture serves as a symbol of Dallas heritage.
100 South Houston, Dallas | www.oldred.org | 214-745-1100
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world.
411 Elm Street, Dallas | www.jfk.org | 214-747-6660
The Stockyards National Historic District is filled with sites from the Old West, great Texas-themed shopping and cuisine, rodeos, Western saloons, Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest honky-tonk, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Herd twice-daily cattle drive. Legendary structures such as the Livestock Exchange Building, once nicknamed the “Wall Street of the West,” and the Stockyards Station shops and restaurants housed in the old sheep and hog barns are still utilized today.
500 NE 23rd St. Fort Worth | www.fortworthstockyards.org | 817-624-4741
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station provides an exciting blend of old and new Texas with historic walking tours along the Texas Trail of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and more. The Station’s two dozen shops offer wine, cowboy boots, leather goods, jewellery, arts and crafts, and the best of Texas grub: barbecue, burgers and sizzling fajitas.
130 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth | www.stockyardsstation.com | 817-625-9715
The romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd – genuine Texas cowboys driving Texas longhorns in the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. The jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling and the rhythm of the hoof beats bring a bygone era to life as The Herd passes by.
131A E. Exchange Ave. Fort Worth | www.fortworthherd.com | 817-336-4373
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened on Dec. 1, 2012, offers dynamic experiences to stimulate curiosity in visitors of all ages. With 180,000 square feet of space, standing 170 feet tall (equivalent to an average 14-story building) the revolutionary Perot Museum extends beyond the typical "museum" perception. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation.
2201 N. Field Street, Dallas | www.perotmuseum.org | 214-428-5555