Fort Worth’s iconic Kimbell Art Museum celebrates in style this month. The museum’s 50th anniversary is cause for a fête –– and you’ll enjoy free museum admission and audio tours October 4-9. Here are a few of the highlights.

Did Someone Say Cake?

Come to the anniversary kick-off reception October 4 at noon in the Kahn Building west lobby.

The Roof’s the Limit

On October 5-6, enjoy the spectacular architecture of the museum with tours and film screenings.

It’s Heavenly and It’s Free

During this week public tours for the current exhibit Murillo: From Heaven to Earth are free.


Friday Happy Hour, Birthday-Style

On October 7 enjoy music and a happy hour in the Kahn Building, plus a special teacher program in the education studios.

Golden Anniversary Festival

Join the Kimbell for music, dancing, art, and food October 8. You’ll need a free ticket, available at

Afternoon events 1-4 pm – enjoy performances on the grand lawn and in the Piano Pavilion.

Evening events 4-7:30 pm – grab light bites from Magdalena’s Food Truck and Heim Barbecue. If you’re thirsty, the Kimbell Café will provide a cash bar.

Get ready to groove ­­­­­­– at 4 pm, local band Cotinga takes the main stage, followed by a performance by local favorite Abraham Alexander at 5:30 pm.


 “Slay” Goodbye to Artemesia and Kehinde

October 9, Slay – Artemesia Gentileschi and Kehinde Wiley is the Kimbell’s critically acclaimed exhibit that juxtaposes art from female Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi and modern artist Kehinde Wiley. The two different takes on the biblical Old Testament story of Judith beheading Holofernes allow the viewers to both enjoy the skill of Gentileschi, an underrated female painter, and appreciate Wiley’s striking modern art.


Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Some of our favorite exhibits at the Kimbell reflect the breadth and depth of the curators’ interests, and the high national and international standing the Kimbell Museum commands in the art world.

Earlier this year we were dazzled by The Language of Beauty in African Art, a treasure trove of two centuries worth of masks and sculptures drawn from public and private collections around the globe.

In 2019, Monet: The Late Years offered a bonanza of work from the artist who defined impressionism. His late works were strong and bold –– perhaps as an accommodation to his failing vision.

2016’s Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye served as an introduction to one of the most creative and daring, yet little-known Impressionist painters. The exhibit was also the subject of one of the most creative ad campaigns, where the Kimbell staff would interview museum-goers to ask how to pronounce the artist’s name.

2015’s Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Scotland was an intriguing look at the wide-ranging collection from a surprising source.

2006’s Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh opened our eyes to the controversial Queen/King of Egypt, whose history was hidden for centuries.

You may remember last year’s Turner’s Modern World, but we were introduced to the British Artist with 2004’s Turner and Venice.

Other Events This Month

Check out the October museum calendar for more tours, films, and crafts.