Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum is a world-class museum. And that is unusual given that it is a privately funded museum. The Kimbell Art Museum was founded to amass a collection of old master artworks, ideally the largest in the southwestern United States. Their goal was to create a high-quality collection, not a large one. This is why they have around 350 works of art, though it includes works by Michelangelo, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Matisse, and Picasso. They also have a number of antiquities from around the world. They avoid modern art and American art because they don’t want to compete with the neighboring art museums.

The Kimbell Art Museum is located in the cultural district in downtown Fort Worth. The original museum building was designed by Louis I. Kahn and it a historic building in its own right. That is located on Camp Bowie Boulevard, though Lancaster Avenue runs along its southern side. The Kimbell Art Museum is located next to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Amon Carter Art Museum focuses on American art. The Fort Worth Community Arts Center and Fort Worth Musuem of Science and History are on the other side of Lancaster Avenue.

The Kimbell Art Museum is literally surrounded by cultural attractions. Visitors to the Kimbell Museum can walk along Lancaster Avenue to University Drive to reach the Casa Manana theater. The Wills Rogers Equestrian Center and John Justin Arena are just south of that. The UNT Health Science Center is on the northern side of Camp Bowie. It is notable for being the only medical school in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The UNTHSC school of medicine is associated with Texas Christian University campus, though that’s located several miles south on University Drive. A fair number of students visit the massive library at the Kimbell.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is several blocks to the southwest. If you take University Drive south to Trail Drive, you reach the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

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