Even though there are more than a number of museums found in Fort Worth Cultural District, nothing probably better embodies the West more than the Amon Carter Museum. Its original architect, Philip Johnson, had also overseen the museum’s expansion in 2001.
Museum Collections In addition to Carter’s personal collection of sculpture and pieces of art by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, the museum also offers having one of the finest photographic collections with over 30,000 exhibit prints created by about 400 photographers. Other artworks that define the museum’s permanent collection include those by Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Thomas Cole, and Martin Johnson Heade.
Admission to majority of the programs hosted by the museum is free. Apart from a variety of public programs which include lectures, family events and a book club, the museum also regularly offers programs especially created for educators, students, and museum members.
Amon Carter: Born and Bred in Texas – and Proud of It
For over six decades, the Amon Carter Museum of the Fort Worth Cultural District has become a favorite stopover for those yearning to explore the fascinating culture of the Old West – and its present-day evolution. Viewing the museum’s lovely collections and exhibitions is guaranteed to be more fascinating if you take the time to learn more about its larger-than-life founder.
Carter’s love for the West had been fierce and proud. He had been instrumental in bringing recognition to Fort Worth as the city “where the West begins” while aggressively labeling archrival town Dallas as part of East Texas. It is also because of Carter’s efforts the city had its first airplane, radio station, and almost single-handedly prevented Fort Worth from suffering an economic disaster during the Great Depression.
Carter was a self-described showman, and he would do anything and everything to protect the interests of Fort Worth. The city’s Chief of Police, in a tongue-in-cheek missive to Maryland’s Chief of Police, described carter as Fort Worth’s “most dangerous man”, which has a tendency to kidnap prominent citizens and ensuring their permanent stay in the city by convincing them of Fort Worth’s investment potential. Vice-President Garner also described Carter as one who has been so greatly dedicated to Fort Worth that Carter would prefer the entire US government to work entirely for Fort Worth’s benefit and – if possible – to Dallas’ disadvantage.
The Amon Carter Museum is his greatest legacy and is definitely one of the roots in which the Fort Worth Cultural District was founded on.