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Best Free Museums in Ft. Worth

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Sid Richardson Museum

An exhausted cowboy slouches in his saddle after a hot, hard day of herding cattle over the plains. Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and a few other artists uniquely captured the struggle and challenge of the "Old West" with their art. Art collector, philanthropist and oilman Sid Richardson donated his personal collection of original art masterpieces to the museum, located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square Arts District. Features include both paintings and sculpture redolent of the early west.

Ft. Worth, TX, United States
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Leonard's Department Store Museum

Leonard's Department Store was a landmark in Fort Worth and even had it own subway! Such was the popularity of this one-stop shopping center from 1918 to 1967 that going to this place was a favorite family event during the weekends. The M&O had the distinction of being the only private subway of the world. Marvin and Obie Leonard were the brothers behind this success story before any mall had taken over the city. Get to their fascinating history in the Leonard's Department Store Museum. Displays showcasing the objects that used to be put up on sale, artifacts, the restored subway and more will take you through a journey that was a part of the city's history and pride. Run by the Leonard family, it is a fitting ode to a wonderful piece of history.

Ft. Worth, TX, United States
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Kimbell Art Museum

Architect Louis I. Kahn won an award from the American Institute of Architects for this building's striking design. He used a series of arched glass ceilings to let in natural light and enhance the presentation of the many important pieces in the museum collection. The artwork comes from all over the world, with maestros such as Renoir, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt represented. Those desiring more exotic artwork will enjoy the Asian, African and Mediterranean collections. The Buffet Restaurant is open daily, offering different kinds of light fare depending on the time of day. Admission to the permanent collections is free.

Ft. Worth, TX, United States
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Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The Amon Carter Museum has one of the largest permanent collections of American Art. The artwork consists of pieces from the 1830s to the late 20th Century from great American artists such as Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz. There is also a permanent exhibit of Amon Carter's personal collection of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, who are considered to be the best artists of the American West. With more than 30,000 prints, the museum has one of the finest photography collections in the US.

Fort Worth, TX, United States
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln-they pass through here almost every other day. They're here on official visit of course but one can pass through here as a visitor too. One of only two birthplaces of American currency, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing conduct guided tours, giving one a peek into the intricacies that go into the money printing process. The facility also has a gallery/museum and three exhibits that are live demonstrations. The tours are also conducted in American Sign Language and Spanish. Audio description facilities are also provided for the visually impaired.

Ft. Worth, TX, United States
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