Fort Worth Overview - Page 2
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The Fort Worth Water Gardens and the Fort Worth Convention Center occupy what was once Hell’s Half Acre, a brothel- and saloon-packed district where cowhands had their last bit of fun before heading out on the Chisholm Trail. It also was the first stop on the way home, and the first chance to spend wages burning holes in cowboys’ pockets. Many notorious outlaws, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, lay low in Hell’s Half Acre while the law was looking for them.
Fort Worth offers a wealth of cultural institutions, some noted internationally as the finest in America. It is easy to see why Fort Worth is considered the “Museum Capital of the Southwest.” The Louis Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum - recognized as “America’s best small museum” - and the Amon Carter Museum, renowned for its collection of Western and American masterpieces, have garnered worldwide attention for their collections and special exhibitions.
The Carter received a major expansion in 2001 by architect Philip Johnson that tripled its gallery space. The facility offers 28,000 square feet of gallery space in which to showcase its collection and traveling exhibitions.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas’ oldest museum (founded in 1892,) displays 20th-century masterpieces and regularly schedules special exhibits showcasing the world's acclaimed modern artists. A major museum building designed by architect Tadao Ando opened in December 2002, making the Modern the second-largest modern art museum in the country, behind the MoMa New York. Also located in the Cultural District, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History offers hands-on exhibits that delight children and adults alike, ranging from paleontology to computer science. The popular Omni Theater and a planetarium are located here, too.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors women who embody the spirit of the American West, such as painter Georgia O’Keeffe, author Laura Ingalls Wilder and singer Patsy Cline. It is the only museum of its kind in the world.
Within walking distance of Fort Worth’s celebrated museums are Casa Manana Theatre and the Will Rogers Memorial Center, with 200 days per year of equestrian and cattle events. The Will Rogers Memorial Center hosts the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country - the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, held annually in January and February. The beautiful 114-acre Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden are located nearby as well.
The Fort Worth Zoo, consistently ranked one of America’s best zoos by a number of different sources, is world-renowned for its collection and for the natural habitat exhibits that replicate animals’ homes in the wild.
More than 5,000 native and exotic animals are on view in the tree-shaded setting of the zoo. Texas Wild!, a major exhibit showcasing the distinct regions in the state, has eight acres of indigenous animals and terrain. Another favorite find in Fort Worth is the Cattle Raisers Museum, located between downtown and the Cultural District. It portrays the history of ranching in Texas and the Southwest through interactive displays, dioramas and exhibits.
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