The 17th largest city in America and fifth largest in Texas, Fort Worth was established in 1849 as an army outpost overlooking Trinity River. Today, the nearly 800,000 strong population prides itself on great museums that hold outstanding collections, some of the most impressive/extensive in the world. The city is also home to a number of educational institutes including Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, University of North Texas Health Science Center and more. Some multinationals call Forth Worth home (Lockheed, American Airlines), but a more unique feature is the Sister Cities International program it is a part of. Eight cities from eight countries (Italy, Japan, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Swaziland, China, U.S.A.) maintain cultural and economic exchanges. Noted for its dedication to transportation, electric streetcars were adopted as early as 1876, it has continued its tradition of being at the forefront of transportation ever since. Fort Worth has four airports within its city limits, two Amtrak routes, and a railway. This Northeast Texas city may fly under the radar, but there is certainly no shortage of must-sees in Fort Worth.
10. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
With one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary international art in the central United States, the Modern takes pride in showcasing some of its particular mainstays on a rotational basis. Themes such as abstract expressionism, color field painting, minimalism and new image painting from the 1970’s onward are featured including photography, video and digital images. A current favorite is the work of Chinese/Japanese collaborators RongRong&inri. For over 14 years this team has created works that are not only outside the box, but push boundaries. Their take on traditional black and white photography acts as a chronicle of their lives as husband and wife. This along with other exhibits are the Modern’s attempt to collect and present all post-World War II art in all its forms. Nearly 2,600 objects are part of the collection that is revered locally as well as nationally. Admission is free for children, $4 for students and $10 for general.