January 26, 2013 by ripleyarnoldx
Welcome to Fort Worth!
The City Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price, calls Fort Worth the “City of Cowboys and Culture” and it sure it. Fort Worth has a long Western tradition as I have already touched some n the blog The Longhorn. More is to come. Fort Worth is also the 16th largest city in the U.S. and together with Dallas it is the main tourist attraction in Texas.
Fort Worth is incredibly rich with culture. The cultural district holds museums such as the Fort Worth Science and History Museum http://www.fwmuseum.org/, which right now hosts the Titanic exhibition that I wrote about earlier and the Modern Art Museum http://themodern.org/ where Companion (passing through) currently sits by the entrance.
The Kimbell Art Museum holds an amazing collection of major classic art work by artists such as Goya, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, just to mention a few. Here is also the first known painting by Michelangelo The Torment of Saint Anthony which was acquired to the collections in 2009. https://www.kimbellart.org/
The Amon Carter Museum holds the collections of American artists and in particular the collections of Frederic Remington’s paintings, sculptures, and illustrations and the paintings by Charles M Russell. Both of these artists depicted the Old American West in their work. The museum also holds one of the biggest photography collections in America. The museum opened in 1961 and the building in itself is worth seeing. It was designed by Pritzker price winner Philip Johnson. http://www.cartermuseum.org/
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is a museum devoted to the women of the American West. http://www.cowgirl.net/
The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame is located within the Historic Stockyards District and honors both cowgirls and cowboys. There is also a large collection of wagons, carts, and sleighs. http://www.texasrodeocowboy.com. Within the Historic Stockyards District, housed inside the 1902 building called Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange, is also the Stockyards Museum where visitors may learn more about how Fort Worth developed into CowTown, the stopping point for cowboys driving their cattle north to market. http://stockyardsmuseum.org/
There are many, many more museums in Fort Worth. Here is a link to the Visit Forth Worth Cowboys and Culture page http://bit.ly/N9ReWO. This website will help you when you browse for the perfect museum to spend a few hours at during your stay at Fort Worth.
iConference Opening Reception at Billy Bob’s
Culture is so much more than museums though. Fort Worth offers a variety of performance, theater, rock & blues, comedy, jazz, and of course live country music! Join other iConference visitors Tuesday evening February 12th 7:00-10:00 pm at Billy Bob’s – The world’s largest Honky Tonk – for a conference welcome reception. This club has been voted country music club of the year 11 times. That is pretty cool since the club has only been around since 1981. Billy Bob’s is also located within the Historic Stockyard’s District http://billybobstexas.com/
Video from YouTube of the Honky Tonk Club – Billy Bob’s!