This delightful collection of tactile displays encourages learning for children and adults alike. A ferocious dinosaur offers ... More
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
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.
Visited the museum on May 12, and had a wonderful experience. We had no clue when we went that it was going to be a special event, but evidently they were having some kind of Star Wars Day! There were all kinds of characters dressed up in costume, a wonderful science demonstration in the rooms off of the main corridor, a really interesting talk in the lecture hall about the connections between science and science fiction, and this was all before we even had a chance to go upstairs and see the exhibits! Upstairs was chock full of exhibits, from a western exhibit with real cowboys and barb wire type stuff, to the main reason we came... grossology. This exhibit was awesome, and right next to it was another exhibit called Risk that was pretty good too. Not sure about the people that found nothing to do in earlier reviews, we were definitely happy and surprised with our visit. If they have something like this going on every weekend this could be a regular stop during the summer. They had a great gift store as well with so much more than just branded shirts and cups.
I used to go to the museum before the renovations, and like everyone else, I was expecting ALOT more exhibits. WRONG! Nothing but a childrens playplace. Saw the whole museum in an hour and that includes going through the huge gift shop. Our day was not all lost though...we went to the zoo and had a wonderful time.
So glad we did not pay attention to the negative reviews below and decided to visit the museum last weekend to see for ourselves what it's like. We were greeted by a giant lighted caterpillar on the front lawn that you can run through - a touch that got us in the mood for fun right off the bat. The atrium is awesome, walking into a soaring space from which you can go in every direction to explore. Being holiday time, I stopped in the museum store and found a number of unique items that we will be giving. I liked the idea of spending my money on gifts that will help a wonderful museum vs just a big retailer. We will come back with nieces and nephews for the special holiday treat of seeing the Polar Express, it's such a great tradition. Kudos to the museum for building such a fabulous place that we can enjoy for many years. We will probably buy memberships as well as it is a great value if you come often. (And I hear they have some pretty fun adult evening offerings for members!)
I live in the northeast and was visiting Ft. Worth. Given the size of Ft. Worth; the museums there are so wonderful!!! I truly loved the Museum of Science and History for it's IMAX theatre which was the first IMAX theatre in the southwest. The cattle raisers exhibit was so fun and interactive - learning to be a rancher, cattle herding; everything you'd expect from Texas. The Dinolabs and Dinodig exhibit was very educational. Dinosaurs to ranching to energy blasts - there's something for everyone. This museum is a must! You will not be disappointed. I look forward to visiting the Museum of Science and History in the future. The future exhibits are Grossology and Forgotten Gateway . My family came from Germany in the late 1800's and arrived in Texas via Galveston (the Forgotten Gateway); therefore, this exhibit has a special interest to me.
This museum ROCKS! My younger kids loved digging in the Dino Dig area (it was a beautiful day for this) while my middle schoolers tinkered and learned in the Innovation space. Docents were very helpful to get them started on a project...then their imagination took over from there! We had a nice lunch - when I could DRAG them away for a few minutes! Thanks, Museum of Science & History, for being innovative and new and inspiring for young and old. I felt like a kid myself! :)
I love architecture so I was fascinated to see what kind of structure this Legoretta building was - from the inside. I loved the open spaces, natural light, and use of color. It took me a while to really explore everything because there is so much more to see now. Kids were running everywhere but us grownups had plenty of room for ourselves to explore too. Big thumbs up for not being a dark, uninviting space which so many museums (unfortunately) are. It occurred to me that maybe this shouldn't be called a museum....maybe it's a learning or exploring center - but then I went upstairs. And there was a fabulous exhibit on our founding father and some wonderful historic paintings of the southwest....so I guess it is a museum after all. Did not have time to do it all- will for sure go back to the planetarium and Omni on another trip. Also decided to purchase a membership, this is a good deal if you plan to visit several times a year.
So Sad.Thats not a museum. The original was great!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 9/2/11
Wow. I can not believe what they did to this museum. They actually paid someone (Or a board of directors) to ruin a great museum. I grew up close to the mouse and went often, always loving my visits, winding my way threw the artifacts looking at all the actual objects from the past. I was in shock to find there is nothing in this mouse anymore. I mean nothing! Where did all the artifacts go? Huh? Now there is a bunch of prints for you to look at and read. Plus they went up on the price. I can understand a little due to the cost of today's world. But more for nothing? I agree with the other reviews... Shame on you who ever is responsible for this. After the museum Reopened, I went and got a membership for my family without first going to the museum. (My mistake. I paid $185.. For what? Nothing.. ouch!) I was like.. This is it?!! Where is all the stuff?! I was in Shock.. Total disappointment! This issue is so big and so damaging, I not sure if the FTW Meuse could ever recover. I doubt they will receive and financial backing like in the past after demonstrating how they spent $80 million dollars. It's like the scam of the bank bail out! Where did all the money and artifacts go?! This is a sad time for FTW 's history. Again, Shame on you.... ZERO STARS!!!!
Very disappointing. Overpriced - $14 for an adult ticket. Little substance in the museum, just a lot of empty space. Blatant corporate advertising and sponsorship with little science in the museum at all. It's obvious that Barnett Shale, Tx Beef and Cattle, Lockhead Martin, Chesapeake Energy, and Alliance Airport had their hands in this. That's all the exhibits were: beef promotion, oil/gas drilling promotion, and aviation. Honestly, it was sickening.
My 7 year old son loves the museum, so much so I bought a membership. For adults, really nothing for you unless you are happy watching a bunch of kids running around having fun. Luckily I do. The planeterium is small, the Imax is poor screen quality, the food is way overpriced and having to pay to park is no fun either. If you have a small child, they will enjoy it. If they are over 12 yrs old, probably not.
If you want to know how to waste 80 million dollars thengo to the new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Like most of our modern society its a glitzy place with no substance. The entire discriptive text of the displays could be printed on a double sided sheet of paper.
It's not even a good party place - I've heard better acoustics standing behind a jet engine at full throttle.
The emperor in his new clothes looks pretty disgusting.
If this is a museum of science and history then management has abdicated its responsibility.
I'm sorry I donated money foolishly and will be associated with this eyesore and educational cesspool until the board of directors revert back to the original foundations of 70 years ago.
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