Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is an institution in Fort Worth, Texas, committed to promoting scientific and historical knowledge.
Above: the main facade of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Gendy St. Photo: Julie Delio (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Founded in 1941 “to maintain a place where geological, biological, and zoological collections may be housed; to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of history, art, and science; to preserve objects of historic, artistic, and scientific interests; and to offer popular instruction and opportunities for esthetic enjoyment”; from 1954 to 2009, the museum had been housed in a modernist building on Montgomery Street, before moving in fall 2009 to a new 166,000-square-foot red brick building in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, designed by Mexican architecture firm Legoretta + Legoretta.
The Museum of Science and History, as its name suggests, has permanent exhibitions dedicated to both scientific and historical themes. The permanent exhibition galleries – by the means of objects, artifacts, videos, dioramas, and interactive exhibits – present scientific themes – including medicine, paleontology, energy, information technology, and Astronomy – and historical ones, many of which are related to the history of Texas and the urban and economic development of the city of Fort Worth. A special permanent gallery is dedicated to the 9/11 events.
The museum also includes a planetarium and one of the largest IMAX theaters in the United States.
The program of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History features temporary exhibitions, educational activities for children and adults, and special events.
The museum, fully accessible to people with physical disabilities, also contains a cafe and a book & gift shop.
The entrance lobby of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Photo Cliff Baise (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
Interior view of the museum’s tower. Photo Brandon Burns (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Inside view of the Mobile Noble Planetarium. Photo Cliff Baise.
A diorama depicting the long history of Fort Worth as one of the nation’s largest cattle trade centers. Photo Jody Halsted (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Two views of the Dinosaurs’ Gallery. Photos by Association of Science and Technology Centers / Christine Ruffo (CC BY 2.0), and Richard Wezensky (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
The patio of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Photo Allison Meier (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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