DOMAIN XCIV, Inc. – Founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Mark Vaughan and interior designer A. Tad Watts, Domain XCIV’s eclectic collection of European antiques, distinctive home furnishings and unique gifts has made it a favorite shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. At Domain, an antique buffet loaded with exquisite accessories and lamps may set next to a whimsical painted armoire spilling out luscious down-filled decorative pillows. A large selection of Lampe Berger’s, the entire Lady Primroses and Niven Morgan bathing collections and a plethora of scented candles and diffusers await your senses.
In Domain’s gourmet area, tables are richly layered with hand-painted dishes, glassware, and table linens from France and Italy. Domain offers its clients unique choices not found at other stores. In addition, Domain has been honored for the last eight years as a Vietri’s Best! store. Offering so many possibilities for table top and serving, Domain is a bridal-registry favorite.
Domain XCIV’s business has been built on providing sincere customer service and an unmatched product mix. Customers shopping here for a special hostess gift, an exquisite antique or a room full of furniture are all given the same personalized attention. 3100 W. 7th Street, call 817-336-1994 or visit www.domainxciv.com.
AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART – Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson (1906–2005), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses a preeminent collection of American art including painting, sculpture, and works on paper. The collection spans early nineteenth-century expeditionary art to mid-twentieth century modernism and includes masterworks by artists such as Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. The museum is one of the nation’s major repositories of American photography and holds the archives of luminaries such as Nell Dorr, Laura Gilpin, Eliot Porter, and Karl Struss. The Amon Carter Museum is also home to nearly 400 works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the two greatest artists of the American West. Admission to the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and enriching public programs for all ages is always free. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., closed Mondays and major holidays. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org.
BASS PERFORMANCE HALL – The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall officially opened in May 1998. David Schwarz was the architect for the structure named one of the top ten opera houses in the world in Travel & Leisure’s March 1999 issue. Rumanian/ Californian artist, Marton Varo created and shaped the 48 feet tall angels fronting the Hall. The opera house is the permanent home of the Fort Worth Symphony, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, & the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tours available Sat. at 10:30 a.m., performance schedule permitting. Bass Performance Hall is located in Sundance Square on a city block bordered by Commerce, Calhoun, & 4th & 5th Sts. 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com.
FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN – 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. The Rose Garden was started in 1933. It now has more than 3,400 roses with peak blooming times from April to October. Walk into the Fragrance Garden for the visually impaired, stroll through the Japanese Garden with its waterfalls, pools and Koi fish, smell the herbs in the Perennial Garden, examine the large collection of begonias in the Exhibition Greenhouse, and go into the Conservatory to see orchids and bromeliads. A fee is charged to view the Conservatory and the Japanese Garden. The main garden is free and open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The Japanese Garden is also open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m daily. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-871-7689 or www.fwbg.org.
FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER – The 13,500-seat arena in the Fort Worth Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at 1201 Houston Street, and is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping districts and hotels. The FWCC originally opened in 1968 but in 2003 underwent significant renovations and expansions. Along with a larger arena, the Center now offers 253,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 30,000 sq. ft. ballroom and 41 meeting rooms. As indicated by its name, the Convention Center serves as the site for a variety of national, regional, and state conventions, as well as welcoming auto, recreational vehicle, home and garden, and train shows. Audiences can enjoy Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, and World Wrestling Entertainment. For FWCC information, go to www.fortworthgov.org/publicevents or call 817-392-6338.
THE FORT WORTH HERD-TEXAS LONGHORNS – Daily cattle drives through the Stockyards National Historic District recall Fort Worth of the late 1800s. Twice daily, weather permitting, and it’s not a major holiday, cowhands, dressed in 19th century ranching gear, drive 10 to 15 Texas longhorn steers down Exchange Ave. Best viewing areas for the 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Building or across the street near the Stockyards Visitor’s Center. The Herd also offers education programs based on the trailing life of a cowboy for school groups and other organizations by appointment only. Watching the cattle drive is free. 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com.
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY provides hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Discover the cosmos in the Noble Planetarium, unearth ancient fossils in DinoDig, imagine Jurassic creatures with DinoGlow, adventure in the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and immerse yourself in a giant screen adventure in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. Explore with us today for an unforgettable memory for the entire family! Open daily.1600 Gendy St., 817-255-9300, www.fortworthmuseum.org.
FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER & REFUGE – Nature enthusiasts can explore the lands, grasses, trees and waterways of the area with the help of naturalist and botanist guides at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Nature hikes are scheduled each Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. On Nature Center trails explorers visit insects, birds and animals along the way. In winter, when all the leaves are on the ground the Nature Center offers a program that allows hikers to learn how to identify trees by their bark, growth patterns, twigs and leaf scars. A Canyon Ridge Hike is scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m.-4. Regular canoe trips are also part of the Nature Center’s program. Touring a stretch of the Trinity River’s West Fork, canoeist view ducks, herons, beavers and other critters. Waterfowl watching in Lotus Marsh, is another planned activity. Binoculars, spotting scopes, along with an an experienced waterfowl watcher, help you see and identify several species in their winter habitat. These are only a few of the regular monthly programs at the Nature Center. Weather appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended for participants. Some activities require reservations and a fee. Friends of the Nature Center receive reduced or free entry to programs. Hardwicke Interpretive Center, 817-237-1111.
FORT WORTH WATER GARDENS – Built in 1974, Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s design for the Fort Worth Water Garden was to be a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle.” The main elements of the design are three pools of water: the meditation pool; the aerating pool and the active pool where water runs over layers of rocks and steps to a small pool 38 feet below. Special lighting makes the night sparkle. Numerous plants and trees also decorate the Water Gardens. The site was used as the backdrop for some scenes from the film Logan’s Run in 1976. Brides have also used the area for the special time in their lives. The park provides hours of pleasure to people of all ages for strolling or sitting or for enjoying a brown bag lunch. In the 1500 block of Commerce. Information: 817-392-7111; reservations 817-392-5718.
FORT WORTH ZOO – A trip to the Fort Worth Zoo is an adventure where you’ll see animals from around the world that all seem at home in their lush, natural habitats. In many settings, visitors are only separated from the animals by a river or waterfall, and are often face-to-face with them through large viewing windows! The Zoo is home to almost 7,000 native and exotic animals, including lowland gorillas, Asian cats, bears, penguins, flamingos, a world-famous reptile collection, an insectarium, and since the summer of 2013 two baby elephants: Belle born in July and Bowie born in August. Visitors can also explore Texas Wild!, a turn-of-the-century complex featuring seven regions of the state. Open 365 days a year! Hrs. are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. See web site for holiday hours. Gen. Ad. $14, Seniors 65+ & children 3-12, $10, 2 & under free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Half-price tickets on Wednesdays. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., 817-759-7555, www.fortworthzoo.org.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM – One of the outstanding art museums in the U.S. The award-winning building was the last completed work under personal supervision of architect Louis I. Kahn. As well as an excellent permanent collection, the museum offers a full program of changing exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films, workshops and tours. Bookstore, lunch and snack bar (The Buffet). Open Tue.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. 3333 Camp Bowie. 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org.
At LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER DALLAS-FORT WORTH – you can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn top LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see iconic landmarks in MINILAND®, make a celebration even more memorable in one of our special party rooms, and much, much more! It’s the ultimate place for all LEGO® fans-young and old. Ticket prices vary. Hrs.: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- *6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-*8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-*7 p.m.*(Attraction remains opens 2 hours past the last admission). 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051, 1-877-818-1677, www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallasfw.
LOG CABIN VILLAGE – 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln. (off University Dr. across from the Ft. Worth Zoo)- Set on 2.5 acres in historic Forest Park, Log Cabin Village consists of seven log homes dating back to the mid-1800s. Pioneer history comes to life through the authentic log homes and artifacts, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a water powered gristmill and an herb garden. See historical interpreters demonstrate various pioneer chores such as candle making, spinning and weaving. Special tours available. Hrs. Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Gen. Ad. $5.50, Seniors and youths, $5. 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org.
THE MARTY LEONARD COMMUNITY CHAPEL – E. Fay Jones’ design draws the eye and heart upward in this interfaith Chapel. It is an architecturally significant building that reflects the influence of Jones’ study with Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff. It is constructed mainly from Philippine mahogany stained a lighter color, glass, and brick. It is used by the youths and families served by Lena Pope Home, as well as for weddings, musical and cultural events, meetings, etc. Also, a local church meets at the Chapel on Sunday mornings. Jones, whose work was based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, until his death in 2004, was awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal in 1990. Free. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & 2nd & 4th Sundays 2-5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and most holidays. From I-30 W. exit Hulen St. At Lena Pope Home, 3131 Sanguinet St., 817-731-8681, ext. 2576 www.lphchapel.org.
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – Designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, this striking building is composed of 5 pavilions of concrete and glass arranged around a 1.5 acre reflecting pond. 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, including pieces by Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Serra, Andre Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. Visitors to the museum can also enjoy lunch in Café Modern’s elliptical dining room set on the reflecting pond or shop for unique gifts at The Modern Shop. Educational programming and the Museum’s film series, Magnolia at the Modern, take place in the Museum’s state-of-the-art auditorium. Located in the Cultural District at 3200 Darnell St. Gen. Ad. adults 18+ $16, Seniors 60+ $12, students with an ID, $10, & youths under 18, free. Half-price Wednesdays. First Sunday of each month, admission is free. Access to the Grand Lobby, Café Modern, and The Modern Shop is free. Hrs. Tue. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Independence Day. 817-738-9215, www.themodern.org.
NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM – Filling in the gaps of history is easy to do at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum. Through artifacts, artwork, historical records, and current events, this collection offers a true perspective and a fuller and richer cultural view of the people and activities that contributed to the building of the historical American West. The mission of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is to offer the visitor a complete recognition of this historical process. The museum has been committed to its vision of giving recognition to the outstanding pioneers who played a role in settling the early American western frontier since its founding in 2001 by Jim and Gloria Austin. The museum’s Hall of Fame also acknowledges individuals that have contributed to the western culture and the tradition who still play a part in keeping this important piece of American history alive. Hrs. Wed.-Fri. noon-4 p.m., Sat. noon- 5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Gen. Ad. $10, seniors 62 +, students with an ID $8, & children under 5, free. Group rates are available. 2029 N. Main St., 817-534-8801, e-mail: email@example.com, web site: www.cowboysofcolor.org.
NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME –Women of the American West are honored here. Not only those who have lived and worked on ranches or who have sat a horse in a rodeo arena, but also the woman who led an expedition to the Pacific Ocean, or the ones who have stood on a stage, sat at an easel, stood before a classroom, sat to put words on paper, aimed a rifle and hit the bulls eye, or sat on the highest court in the land, all these are celebrated for their spirit and determination. The museum with its more than 5,000 artifacts and information on over 400 women is located in Ft. Worth’s Cultural District next to the Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History. The Museum, whose motto is “The Women Who Shape the West…Change the World” also has an award winning gift shop you will not want to miss. Hrs. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed Sun. & Mon. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day. Gen. Ad. $5 for adults & seniors 60+, $3.50 for children 4-12, children 3 & under free with paid adult. $10 for parking.1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475, 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net.
SID RICHARDSON MUSEUM – The museum’s focus exhibition, “Frederic Remington: Altered States,” tells the provocative story of three of his paintings from the museum’s collection that were altered after completion. One demonstrates a change made by Remington, one demonstrates fraudulency and one remains a mystery. The exhibition explores the ways in which scholarship and scientific conservation methods contributed to the discovery of those alterations. “This focus exhibition is for anyone who loves a mystery,” said director Mary Burke. Visitors can also examine two different castings of Remington’s bronze “The Rattlesnake.” “Frederic Remington: Altered States” runs concurrently with the “Legacy” exhibition, with both closing on Sept. 8. Opening Sept. 14 is “Another Frontier: Frederic Remington’s East.” This special exhibition invites visitors to expand their knowledge of the context in which Remington worked, while gaining a deeper appreciation of his artistic talent. Hrs. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free admission and free tours. Free valet parking in Sundance Square. For information, visit www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org or call 817-332-6554. 309 Main Street in Sundance Square.
THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA – Located in the former Texas School Book Depository, the museum features a permanent historical exhibition that chronicles the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. On display are over 400 photographs, videos, artifacts, and preserved areas, including the sniper’s perch where evidence showed that shots were fired from the sixth floor at President Kennedy. Temporary exhibits are offered in the seventh floor gallery. Explore history through one of the world’s most significant repositories of visual, audio, documentary and artifactual documentation related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — a continually growing, multifaceted collection of more than 40,000 items. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tues. -Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday noon-6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+) and $13 for youths (6-18); Admission price includes audio guide. Children 5 and under are free or $4 for the audio guide. 411 Elm St., Dallas, TX, 75202. 214-747-6660. www.jfk.org.
STOCKYARDS – The livestock industry began to develop here in the 1880s. There were cattle, sheep, and hog pens and horse and mule barns. The original wooden barns burned in 1911 and were replaced with concrete and steel buildings. Swift & Co. & Armour & Co., meat packers, ran plants in the Stockyards until the early 1970s. Refurbished livestock pens and sheds, some with the original brick floors, now house restaurants and antique and western wear shops. Visit the Stockyards Museum in the Ft. Worth Livestock Exchange Bldg., 131 E. Exchange Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 817-625-5087, www.stockyardsstation.com.
STOCKYARDS MUSEUM – The Stockyards Museum is located in the historic Livestock Exchange building. Displays include cattlemen and cowboy photographs and equipment, photographs and artifacts of meat packers Swift & Co. and Armour & Co. and their employees, and a section devoted to women’s activities in the early 20th century. A Native American exhibit features artifacts from several tribes with special emphasis on Commanche Chief Quannah Parker. An electric light bulb first turned on in 1908 at the Byers Opera House in Fort Worth is still burning at the museum. The North Fort Worth Historical Society sponsors the Stockyards Museum. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays. A donation of $2 per adult helps support this nonprofit museum. Students and young children get in free. 131 E Exchange Ave., 817-625-5082,www.stockyardsmuseum.org.
SUNDANCE SQUARE – Fort Worth’s 35-block crown jewel, with its wide, red-brick sidewalks, beautifully appointed streetscapes, and magnificently restored turn-of-the century buildings, has evolved to become one of the city’s top shopping and entertainment districts. This immensely popular, urban hotspot boasts five theatres–three with live productions and nine movie screens, a delightful mix of fine and casual dining, unique specialty shops, exceptional retail stores, museums and galleries. Nightlife features a vibrant and dynamic mix of live music venues and popular gathering spots. Once known for its rich western heritage, Sundance Square is now a place of culture, excitement and activities. 817-255-5700, www.sundancesquare.com.
THE TEXAS COWBOY HALL OF FAME – housed in the renovated Exhibits Building in the Stockyards national Historic District, honors over 140 Cowboys and Cowgirls who have excelled in and out of the rodeo arena. Honoring all areas of western heritage, the Hall of Fame is home to world champion rodeo stars, ranchers, western entertainers, business men & women and more! Honorees include Lane Frost, Tuff Hedeman, Larry Mahan, Red Steagall, George Strait, Ricky Bolin, Charmayne James, Billy & Pam Minick, Chris Cox, Ty Murray, Trevor Brazile – just to name a few. Display booths for each honoree contain memorabilia and a video highlighting their careers and accomplishments. Also featured is the John Justin Trail of Fame. The TCHoF is currently located in a temporary space as they continue their capital campaign for their new home. Be sure to ask about the future plans during your visit! Hrs. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m, Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Gen. Ad. $6, Seniors 60+ & students, $5, children 3-12, $3, family, $18. Group rates available for 20 or more. 2515 Rodeo Plaza. 817-626-7131, www.texascowboyhalloffame.org.