Fort Worth Cultural District

One of the defining aspects of Fort Worth is its wealth of cultural institutions, some noted internationally as the finest in America. Fort Worth leads in Texas Culture.  Located just 2.5 miles west of downtown is the Fort Worth Cultural District. It is easy to see why Fort Worth is considered the “Museum Capital of the Southwest.”

The Louis Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum—recognized as “America’s best small museum”—is now home to Michelangelo’s first painting and the Amon Carter Museum, renowned for its collection of Western and American masterpieces, have garnered worldwide attention for their collections and building designs. The Carter tripled its gallery space after a renovation in 2001 by architect Philip Johnson.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas' Culture oldest museum (founded in 1892) is now housed in a stunning new building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of post-war art in the central United States.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, in a $21 million facility designed by David Schwarz, honors women who embody the spirit of the American West, such as painter Georgia O’Keeffe, Western Heritage sharpshooter Annie Oakley, author Laura Ingalls Wilder and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It is the only museum of its kind in the world.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s brand new $80 million facility is now open. Designed by internationally renowned architectural firm Legorreta + Legorreta, the museum features experiences such as the Cattle Raisers Museum; the Fort Worth Children’s Museum; state-of-the-art Noble Planetarium; Dinolabs; Paluxysaurus jonesi, the official dinosaur of Texas; Energy Blast; Omni IMAX Theater; Innovation Studios and more.

Within walking distance of Fort Worth Museums are Casa Mañana Theatre and the Will Rogers Memorial Center, which hosts equestrian and cattle events over 200 days each year. The Will Rogers Memorial Center is home to the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country—the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, held annually in January and February. The beautiful 114-acre Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden are located nearby as well.

The Fort Worth Zoo, perfect for Fort Worth Kid Events, consistently ranked as one of America’s best zoos, is world-renowned for its collection and for the natural habitat exhibits that replicate animals’ homes in the wild.

The Fort Worth Zoo showcases the diversity of Texas wildlife and terrain, is set on eight acres and features 200 native animals and a replica of an 1890s Texas town. And in March 2010, the Fort Worth Zoo opened the most elite herpetarium in the nation, known as the Museum of Living Art (MOLA).

About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of the 17th- largest city in the United States.  The organization is dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination, with thriving centers of culture and commerce. For more information, visit