I love living in a city with the nation’s largest arts district where you can explore world-class museums housing ancient Asian artifacts to Picasso paintings—all within a few yards from each other in downtown Dallas. It’s not just the Big D that features stunning collections. Many visitors are often surprised to see world-class art in Fort Worth’s renowned Cultural District as well. Whether you visit for the architecture or the collections, make sure these major art museums in Dallas and Fort Worth are on your list.
The Dallas Museum of Art has called downtown Dallas home since 1984, but support for the visual arts in the city goes back to the early 20th century. Today, the museum’s collection features close to 25,000 pieces from ancient art to contemporary creations. General admission is free to visit the collection galleries and most of the museum’s exhibitions.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is located across the streets from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Visitors can view more than 300 sculptures from such artists as Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin. Adult admission is $10.
Opened in 1998, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is located across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art. An average of 80,000 annual visitors come to see the collection, which features more than 600 works of art from China, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Daily admission is free.
Located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s collection features paintings, photographs and sculptures from the 19th and 20 centuries. Some of the artists represented include Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Singer Sargent, along with almost 400 works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Admission is free.
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth’s Cultural District houses approximately 350 pieces of art. Visitors can see items from pre-Columbian civilizations to masterpieces by European artists including Michelangelo’s earliest work, The Torment of Saint Anthony. The museum’s building itself is a piece of art designed by the world-renowned architect Louis Kahn. Admission to the permanent collection admission is free.
The oldest art museum in Texas, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is also located in the Cultural District. However, its collection of nearly 3,000 pieces—from paintings and photographs to sculptures and videos—are from 1945 to the present. For fans of abstract, minimalism, pop art and architecture, this is the place to visit. General admission is $10.
Located in Fort Worth’s Downtown Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson Museum features art focused on the American West. Works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are well represented along with other artists such as Oscar E. Berninghaus, Charles F. Browne, Herbert Herget, Peter Hurd, and William R. Leigh. Admission is free.