They say things are bigger in Texas. And for arts in the Lone Star State, that often translates to museums that stand out as much for their riveting contemporary designs as they do for the collections within.
One of the nation’s premier destinations for art lovers, the Cultural District in Fort Worth contains no fewer than three vaunted venues. With thoughtful exhibits and an esteemed permanent collection with works by Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock, and Roy Lichtenstein, The Modern occupies a remarkable building by Japanese architect Tadao Ando with 40-foot-tall glass-and-steel walls set around an L-shape reflecting pond. It’s a short stroll to the outstanding Kimbell Art Museum, with its signature vaulted-ceiling galleries, the brainchild of architect Louis I. Kahn, and a noted 2013 expansion—with an imaginative and eco-minded green roof by Renzo Piano. Continue just up the hill to the Philip Johnson–designed Amon Carter Museum of American Art, whose impressive collection includes more than 400 works by Western legends like Charles M. Russell.