When traveling this summer, include the fine art galleries and museums in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area in your itinerary. Who knew that Texas had culture? With its cowboy boots and Stetson hats, DFW sports some of the best modern art galleries and fine art museums in the country. You can cover the metropolitan area in a weekend and literally see dozens each day. Here are four of the most popular galleries and museums in the area.
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10-5 and on Friday until 8
Admission is free for all permanent collections
Tickets for private exhibitions
- Adults $14,
- Seniors 60 and up $12,
- Student w/ID $12,
- Children 6-11 $10
- Children under 10 are free
Ride the T to the Fort Worth Intermodal Station. From there, catch bus 2, 7, or 57 to get to the Kimbell.
If you travel where the west begins in cow country, you’ll find the Kimbell Art Museum resting on its laurels of renowned architectural design and for hosting many famous private collections of artifacts and artwork. Its permanent collection boasts antiquities from Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. The Asian and Pre-Columbian collection includes sculptures in ceramic, stone, shell, and jade . The African/Oceanic collection consists primarily of bronze, wood, and terracotta sculpture.
Built in 1972 by Estonian architect Louis Kahn, it is especially noted for the wash of silvery natural light across its vaulted gallery ceilings. Natural light enters through narrow plexiglass skylights along the top of cycloid barrel vaults and is diffused by wing-shaped pierced-aluminum reflectors that hang below. The whole effect is stunning, giving a silvery gleam to the smooth concrete of the vault surfaces and providing a perfect, subtly fluctuating illumination for the works of art. With its three 100-foot bays each fronted by an open barrel-vaulted portico, the Kimbell is an architectural wonder.
Kimbell’s permanent collection is small containing fewer than 350 pieces in size but they concentrate on quality not quantity. Its permanent art collections are free to view and include paintings from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century and include major works by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse. The collection comprises Asian and non-Western as well as European art, and extends only to the mid-20th century in recognition that this is where the collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth begins, and omits American art since this is the focus of another neighboring institution, the Amon Carter Museum.
The neighboring Piano Pavilion is close to the Khan Building and part of the Kimbell complex. Both buildings seem to be in a conversation states the Piano Pavilion architect, Renzo Piano. “Close enough for a conversation, not too close and not too far away.” The Piano Pavilion’s western section contains a gallery for light-sensitive works of art, three education studios, a large library with reading areas, and an auditorium with superior acoustics for music.
The current exhibition is the Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. This excellent exhibition runs from February 16, 2014 to August 31, 2014. These 12th-19th century intricately crafted helmets, breast plates, chest pieces and complete sets of armor are one of most complete and largest collections of armor in the world.
The Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N Harwood St,
Dallas, TX 75201
Hours: Tuesday- Sunday 11-5:00 pm except Thursday closing at 9:00 pm
- General admission is free
- special exhibition admission is $8.00
The Dallas Museum of Art is a major art museum founded in 1903, located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, along Woodall Rodgers Freeway between St. Paul and Harwood. The Museum encourages visitors to use Dallas’s DART rail system. Parking is available at any of DART’s outlying lots, and visitors can ride the DART train to the St. Paul Station and walk north to the Museum’s Ross Avenue entrance. A parking garage is directly across the street for those who wish to drive.
The Museum has an ATM on-site on Level 1, a Museum Store and the DMA Café, which offers soup, sandwiches, sweets, snacks and beverages.
The Dallas Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of more than 22,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times. The categories included are African, American Art, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean Art, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Art and Design, European and Pacific Island Art. The art collections show art spanning 5,000 years.
Current exhibitions include:
Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series 2/16/14 – 6/15/14
Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World 3/30/14 – 6/29/14 Chilton II Gallery
The DMA is the only venue outside of Europe to present Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World, an exhibition of Islamic art and culture exploring the use and meaning of light in Islamic art and science.
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Just north across Harwood from the Dallas Museum of Art
Hours: Museum and Store-Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Café-Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 3:30 pm (for food services) & 4 pm (for beverage services)
- Adult: $10
- Seniors 65 and over: $7
- Military with ID: $7
- Student with ID: $5
- Children under 12: FREE
Nasher Sculpture Center houses a collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Opened in 2003, it is located on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Relatively new, the Nasher is a favorite among the locals. An outdoor “roofless” museum houses the sculpture collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher. These sculptures comprise one of the finest collections worldwide.
Perhaps its single most distinguishing feature, however, is the depth with which it represents certain key artists, including Matisse (with nine sculptures), Picasso (seven), Smith (seven), Medardo Rosso (seven)Moore (seven), Miró (four), and Giacometti (10).
The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. It presents rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher family collection and special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. In addition to its indoor galleries, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe and a store. Nearby is the Dallas Museum of Art, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House with its beautiful reflection pool, the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Wyly Theater. Make a day of it and enjoy them all!
The Arlington Museum of Art
201 West Main Street
Arlington, Texas 76010
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 pm
Sunday – 1-5 pm
- Adults $8.00
- Seniors and Students $5.00
- Children under 12 Free
Nestled into the heart of the Metroplex of DFW, the Arlington Museum of Art is a small but growing art museum. Just hop on I-30 that runs between Fort Worth and Dallas, exit on Center Street and go south. Turn right on Main Street immediately after crossing railroad tracks. Museum is on the right, next door to Gene Allen park. You are now in the cultural district of Old Downtown Arlington near The University of Texas at Arlington. There are pubs, taverns, Gilligan’s Bar and Grill with their world famous Irish Nachos, Babe’s Chicken and Mellow Mushroom Pizza nearby to refresh yourself..
The Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting museum featuring high quality traveling exhibitions and special curated shows. It opened in May 1990 and offers educational and instructional programs for adults and children built upon practical learning experiences in art. The Arlington Museum’s website states, “Its historically and culturally important exhibitions are designed to provide increased access and exposure to traditional fine arts in the North Texas area.”
Current Exhibition: Ansel Adams: Masterworks – May 3 – August 3, 2014
This extraordinary exhibit contains 48 photographs that Adams considered to be his best work. Printed by the artist, himself, these images will be on display for three months this summer at the Museum.
The American West Exhibition will follow in the fall, September 6 – October 20, 2014.