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“What a gem.”
Review of Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum
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Fort Worth Cultural District Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 156 things to do in Fort Worth
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Owner description: Fort Worth's premier art museum, featuring paintings from international painters.
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87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“What a gem.”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We only did the European art collection, but WOW, it is fantastic! I love art and the moment we entered the first hall and saw Picasso, Braque, Miro, etc., I knew this was going to be a great museum and it was. Each new hall we entered contained numerous gems by the world's greatest artists. One of my new favorites is James Ensor's "Skeletons Warming Themselves." I would recommend this museum to ANYONE who loves art. If you know basic art history, you will really enjoy progressing through time (through art). [Although, as I mentioned earlier, we began with the modern art...]. Not to be missed!

Visited July 2014
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Princeton, Texas
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86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Samurai Exhibit at Renzo Piano Pavilion by The Kimball”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This exhibit is amazing! The warfare armor is exquisitely intricate, stunningly beautiful, and effective for its time, repelling arrows, swords, or bullets. Exhibit items cover 700 years: 1185 to 1868. Most dramatic are 3 full-size horses with riders in full armor. Once you see the helmets, masks, and breastplates, you will understand where the inspiration for Darth Vader's outfit originated. Masks range from practical to the grotesque. Even the horses had masks and breastplates. Bows, arrows, daggers, swords, and rifles show the evolution in combat. One sword even had stingray skin on its handle which sparkled. Samurai were the Special Ops of their day, equivalent to Knights of the Middle Ages. Whole villages supported them and paid for their armor, horses, etc. The Samurai repelled an invasion by Mongols from mainland China in the 1200's. From these beachside battles, the reputation of the Samurai spread around the globe. See the ~20 min. video downstairs which shows sword-making plus young men on horses in similated Samurai armor shooting arrows at targets while at full gallop . Visit soon: exhibit ends Aug. 31st. Senior price only $12.

The Renzo Piano Pavilion is wonderful and comfortable. Take time to sit in the cafe and look through the glass walls at the waterfall fountains by the Kimbell. What a cool view on a hot day! Then you realize the Pavilion pays complete homage to the fabulous Kimbell and never intended to compete with it!

The gift shop has a fabulous book of the exhibit for ~$50. Almost sold out was another amazing book, The Samurai Swordsman, Master of War by Stephen Turnbull, copyright 2008, also ~$50. It has gorgeous reproductions of major paintings of Samurai battles that I had never seen before, even though I lived in Japan for two years.

Go to the Samurai exhibit the middle of a work day to avoid rush hour traffic. A MUST-SEE!

Visited August 2014
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Elkin, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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“Always make time to tour the Kimbell!”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This is one of my favorite art museums in the country. It's always fresh and yet consistent. I've been visiting since I was a kid and have always felt fulfilled by the experience.

Visited January 2014
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Lampasas, Texas
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Up close and personal with a Monet!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Loved it! It is a smallish collection but there must be an example of every great artist you have ever heard of. We also took in the temporary Samurai armor exhibit and had a neat guided tour from a docent. The exhibit was half priced on Tuesdays and the Kimbell itself is FREE! It must have a great endowment. The buildings are beautiful and the recorded guide is excellent and free as well.

Visited July 2014
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Bella Vista, AR
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196 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A Fort Worth Treasure”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Stunning architecture, a splendid collection, perfect place to soak up a couple hours of culture on a hot day. Dessert and coffee in the café mid-afternoon very pleasant. Fantastic book store. Convenient parking.

Visited July 2014
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