Museums and Galleries Tour in Fort Worth, Fort Worth (Self Guided)

Fort Worth is listed among the museum-capitals of the southwest region of the United States. Do not hesitate to spend a few hours exploring its most famous museums and art galleries, such as Forth Worth Museum and Kimpbell Art Museum, both of which describe the history of the city, as well as its cultural development. Take this guide to experience Fort Worth's best museums and art galleries.
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Museums and Galleries Tour in Fort Worth Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour in Fort Worth
Guide Location: USA » Fort Worth (See other walking tours in Fort Worth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: ChristineR
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

1) Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (must see)

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was first granted a Charter from the State of Texas in 1892 as the "Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery", evolving through several name changes and different facilities in Fort Worth. The mission of the museum is "collecting, presenting and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media."

The current building, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando was opened to the public on Saturday, December 14, 2002. The "Modern" is located in the city's Cultural District, adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. The building features five long, pavilions set into a reflecting pond. The structural engineering was provided by Thornton Tomasetti.

The Museum currently contains over 2,600 works of art in its 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) of gallery space, putting it at the forefront of post World War II art collections in the central United States. The Permanent Collection includes more than 3,000 works including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

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Operation Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm; Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
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Kimbell Art Museum

2) Kimbell Art Museum (must see)

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, hosts a small but excellent art collection as well as traveling art exhibitions, educational programs and an extensive research library. Its initial artwork came from the private collection of Kay and Velma Kimbell, who also provided funds for a new building to house it.

The building was designed by renowned architect Louis I. Kahn and is widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times. It is especially noted for the wash of silvery natural light across its vaulted gallery ceilings.

The European collection is the most extensive in the museum and includes Michelangelo's first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, the only painting by Michelangelo on exhibit in the Americas.

The museum also houses a substantial library with over 59,000 books, periodicals and auction catalogs that are available as a resource to art historians and to faculty and graduate students from surrounding universities.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Wednesday, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Friday: 12 – 8 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3) Amon Carter Museum of American Art (must see)

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located in Fort Worth. It was established by Amon G. Carter to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Carter’s will provided a museum in Fort Worth devoted to American art.

When the museum opened in 1961, its first director, Mitchell A. Wilder, sought a broader vision for its collection. Wilder believed that the grand story of American art could be interpreted as the history of many artists at different times working on “successive frontiers” in the great pageant of American history. As a result of this vision, the museum's collections began to expand in many fascinating ways, from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the twentieth century.

Today, the collection includes masterworks by such artists as Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Charles Demuth, Martin Johnson Heade and Alfred Stieglitz. The museum also possesses one of the premier collections of American photography in the nation, comprising more than 30,000 exhibition prints by some 400 photographers. The photography collection also includes the work and archives of several notable American photographers, including Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, and Karl Struss. The museum continues to collect American art and produce related programs, publications, and exhibitions. Philip Johnson, the museum’s original architect, designed and completed the building’s most recent expansion in 2001.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

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National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

4) National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame (must see)

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is a museum and association which honors women of the American West who have displayed courage or spirit and who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit. The facility is located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth adjacent to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

The museum was begun in the small basement of the library in Hereford, the seat of Deaf Smith County in West Texas by Margaret Clark Formby (1929–2003), wife of the radio broadcaster Clint Formby. Formby sought for a larger city to take over the exhibits, and Fort Worth won the competition. Formby's husband's uncle was the Texas politician Marshall Formby, a state senator, highway commissioner, and gubernatorial candidate.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

5) Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (must see)

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located on 1600 Gendy Street in Fort Worth. It was opened in 1945 as the Fort Worth Children's Museum and moved to its current location in 1954. In 1968, the museum adopted its current name. Attractions at the museum include the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Theater, with a Star's Cafe and A Shop Too! Gift Shop, in addition to both traveling and permanent science and history exhibits.

In the fall of 2007, the museum was closed for renovations. The entire museum was moved into a new building at the same site in 2009. The new building, was designed by architects Legorreta + Legorreta with Gideon Toal and consists of 166,000 square feet. The total maximum occupancy is 3,369 individuals. The museum's grand opening after renovations was on Friday, November 20, 2009.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

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Art on the Boulevard

6) Art on the Boulevard

Art on the Boulevard is a fine art gallery, situated very close to the center of the city. It is a cooperative gallery, with 20 resident artists who are always eager to talk about their work. You will find about 100 paintings in different art styles such as abstract expressionism and photo realism. The gallery has 5 big annual shows: Valentine's Show, Spring Gallery Night, Mid-Summer Show, Fall Gallery Night and the Holiday Show .

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11:30 pm - 5 pm.

Walking Tours in Fort Worth, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Worth

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Worth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Worth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Tour in Fort Worth

Places of Worship Tour in Fort Worth

Over the centuries Fort Worth has proven to be a very religious city, by establishing an impressive number of holy places. Some of them like First United Methodist Church and St. Andrew's Cathedral have become key symbols of the city. The churches display various architectural styles and confessions. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous religious buildings in Fort Worth.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Fort Worth Cultural Tour

Fort Worth Cultural Tour

The great variety of museums, galleries and art venues makes Fort Worth one of the most visited cultural destinations, it attracts a lot of tourists all year round. The city is proud of its diverse cultural venues, so don't miss a chance to visit them on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fort Worth for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fort Worth has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fort Worth, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.