Often referred to as the state's oldest art museum, this facility has been in existence since 1892. The Modern Art Museum now houses more than 2800 sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and other artworks created since World War II. The collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. Tours are open to the public every Saturday afternoon. The gift shop offers books, magazines, posters and other artistic memorabilia as well as educational toys. The museum hosts various art classes for patrons of all ages throughout the year.
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.
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.
The Jubilee Theatre, founded in 1981, is located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square entertainment district. This fine venue acts as a showcase for the talents of African-American performers, writers, and directors. While dramas and comedies have their place here, the specialty is musicals. The turn-of-the-century backdrop is superb, and the versatility of the venue, as well as the performers, makes Jubilee Theatre a premier entertainment hub in the city.
Since 1997, this huge stadium with an oval track 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometers) in circumference and more than 150,000 seats in the Grandstand alone has provided racing lovers with all the thrills they could hope for. This is the second largest racing venue in the United States, behind the Indianapolis 500 Speedway. Events at Texas Motor Speedway include major NASCAR races, car shows and the Thursday Night Stampede, a weekly showcase of local racers. Speedway World offers souvenirs as well as tours of the speedway. The cafeteria is open on racing nights, and the onsite camping grounds can accommodate 6,000 people.
American Airlines sponsors C.R. Smith Museum, which examines the history of commercial airlines and explores their inner workings. Visitors have ample opportunities to check out seminal principals of flight first hand; they can experience a wind tunnel, see how a jet engine works, try out the pilot's seat in the cockpit or enter the Flight Lab to learn more about air pressure at high altitudes. The IWERKS large-screen theater shows movies about airline history while the patrons sit in authentic first-class seats. Moreover, there is a gift shop.
A volunteer-run warehouse venue that operates on a not-for-profit basis, 1919 Hemphill was established in 2002. The donations it accepts are used to fund a free second-hand store, performing arts space, lending library and more. The DIY performace space is where many open mic nights and concerts are held. 1919 Hemphill also features a meeting space that can be used by various groups, free of charge.
One of the prolific theater companies in the area, Amphibian Stage Productions has carved a niche in the heart of theater enthusiasts with their engaging and thought provoking plays. From readings to full-fledged productions, National Theatre live screenings to comic acts, this space showcases enthralling shows. Their New Play Festival is where the nation's best modern playwrights script some acts to be performed on their stage. The Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theater is their black box performing space and can seat up to 120 people. Drop into their Bar for Spanish wines and cocktails. The Lobby is a chic space for elegant soirees.
The Stage West Theatre, run by a group of artists who are passionate about theater, focuses on churning out quality theatrical productions. Their cultural program is quite versatile with everything from classic plays, contemporary productions to cutting edge drama being staged here and their plays have found appreciation among cultural buffs. Their in-house cafe is a good place to chill pre or post the show and because of its intimate environment, you might even run into an artist over here.
Fort Worth Convention Center is a spacious complex and seats up to 14,000 people. It was formerly called the Tarrant County Convention Center. Being home to many professional teams like San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, it is always bustling with activities. Located within walking distance from downtown hotels, it contains exhibit halls, a ballroom, an arena and a theater. Big names such as Garth Brooks, LeAnn Rimes and Bryan White have performed here. Standard concert fare (beer, pretzels, nachos, etc.) is always available at concession stands during events.