105 Karl Kessler Blvd
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Phone: (940) 327-0077
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Arts & Museums
Opened in January, 2006, the Texas Civil War Museum is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River with over 15,000 square feet (1393 square meters) of exhibit space. In addition to the different galleries, the museum features a small movie theater where the film Our Home Our Rights, an informative look at the Civil War with an emphasis on Texas, plays for interested museum-goers. There is also a gift shop on hand so you can take a reminder of your visit here home with you.
Located in the former Decatur Baptist College building, this museum displays historic artifacts, has genealogy research materials, and a gift shop. It is open every day, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is also open on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wise County Historical Commission.
This delightful collection of tactile displays encourages learning for children and adults alike. A ferocious dinosaur offers greetings in the front walkway; attractive and enticing exhibits branch out in all directions. There are nine permanent galleries with themes ranging from Texas history to computers to fossils. Two of these include dino dig and kid space, specifically designed for younger children. One of the most popular attractions is the Omni Theater, an IMAX theater that shows 70mm films on a huge screen. The noble planetarium presents programs on astrology.
The Amon Carter Museum has one of the largest permanent collections of American Art. The artwork consists of pieces from the 1830s to the late 20th Century from great American artists such as Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz. There is also a permanent exhibit of Amon Carter's personal collection of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, who are considered to be the best artists of the American West. With more than 30,000 prints, the museum has one of the finest photography collections in the US.
Located inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, this fascinating, interactive museum is part of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation's efforts to preserve the heritage of ranch life in the Old West. Hands-on exhibits, a theater presentation, talking mannequins and authentic artifacts illustrate the days of cowboys, cattle barons and Texas Rangers. This museum is perfect for the whole family.
Founded in 1975 in the small panhandle town of Hereford, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame offers a distinct perspective on the role of women in the West. Beginning in the settling days and progressing through to modern times, this collection is the only one in the world dedicated to the lives of these exemplary women. More than 140 women are currently honored, while new honorees are added each year. Most notable are artist Georgia O'Keefe, singer Patsy Cline, actress Dale Evans Rogers, hatmaker Sheila Graves Kirkpatrick and barrel racer Martha Josey. The museum relocated to Fort Worth in the early 1990s in order to reach more people.
Architect Louis I. Kahn won an award from the American Institute of Architects for this building's striking design. He used a series of arched glass ceilings to let in natural light and enhance the presentation of the many important pieces in the museum collection. The artwork comes from all over the world, with maestros such as Renoir, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt represented. Those desiring more exotic artwork will enjoy the Asian, African and Mediterranean collections. The Buffet Restaurant is open daily, offering different kinds of light fare depending on the time of day. Admission to the permanent collections is free.
Often referred to as the state's oldest art museum, this facility has been in existence since 1892. The Modern Art Museum now houses more than 2800 sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and other artworks created since World War II. The collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. Tours are open to the public every Saturday afternoon. The gift shop offers books, magazines, posters and other artistic memorabilia as well as educational toys. The museum hosts various art classes for patrons of all ages throughout the year.
Gallery 414 has been around since 1995 and yet continues to consistently inspire with its unique exhibits and featured artists. The contemporary art displays here change regularly but share the common thread of being born from talented Fort Worth artists, both established and new. The subject matters and styles may change, but you're guaranteed to see some alternative works here that will enliven your sense of imagination and wonder.
Located in a very woodsy section of Trinity Park, this 19th-century grouping of log cabins is a true delight. The seven fully restored cabins originated in the 1850s. Volunteers who run the operation are adept at giving demonstrations of everyday activities from days gone by including corn grinding, candle dipping, spinning and weaving. Special programs such as pioneer pastimes are often held, showing children how people lived in pioneer times with examples of art, crafts and other displays. Check the website for admission prices and more.
The centerpiece of this fascinating collection of antique warbirds is the last remaining B-29 that still takes flight. Just north of the Stock Yards, the Vintage Flying Museum features 20 different aircraft's that date from the 1930s to as late as the 1960s. Get up close and personal with these rare artifacts as you learn the ins and outs of aviation from the knowledgeable museum docents. Tucked away in a hanger at the Meacham Airport, the museum is home to the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron where these classic aircraft's are maintained, preserved, and restored.
If you're interested in touching a part of Mars or looking at meteorite, then this is the place to visit. Learn how to identify a meteorite, get hands-on with different types of meteorites, or create your own terrestrial impact crater. The collection was donated to the Texas Christian University (TCU) over a period of eight years, from 1978 to 1986. It now contains over a thousand different meteorites. The gallery is open to new finds and if you think you have found a meteorite, come on over and they'll let you know whether or not its what you think it is!