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The Kimball Art Museum has a broad range of collections covering different eras... The Kimball also provides great purchasing opportunities with its auxiliary gift shop in the Omni Hotel.

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Fort Worth's Cultural District, only a short distance from the Convention Center where much of USITT's 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo activities will take place, boasts six world-class museums all nestled in the park-like setting of the Fort Worth Cultural District. Located just west of downtown, the museums are a great adventure for a morning or afternoon outing! Here are a few of the area highlights:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, houses a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century painting, sculpture, and works on paper. It is one of the nation's major repositories of American photography. The Amon Carter is also home to nearly 400 works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the two greatest artists of the American West.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History hosts a variety of traveling and permanent exhibitions. It is home to the Omni Imax Theater, the largest Imax theatre west of the Mississippi River, and to the Noble Planetarium.

Kimbell Art Museum has a permanent collection ranging from Third Millennium B.C. to Mid-20th Century. The museum includes major works by Fra Angelico, Velázquez, Bernini, Rembrandt, Goya, Monet, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian, and Matisse. It is home to Michelangelo's first known painting. The building itself, designed by world-renowned architect Louis Kahn, is often referred to as one of the most significant works of architecture of the 20th Century.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, known to the locals as The Modern, maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States, consisting of more than 3,000 significant works of modern and contemporary international art. The building was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and is composed of five pavilions of concrete and glass set on 11 naturally landscaped acres. Stop by Café Modern and enjoy a gourmet meal overlooking the beautiful 1.5 acre reflecting pool.

Go to for a complete listing of these and other notable museums. Also located in the Cultural District are Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Casa Mañana Theatre, Will Rogers Memorial Center, and, close by, the vibrant shopping/dining area on West Seventh Street. A detailed walking map of the area and restaurant listings are on the website.