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Texas is an art magnet: some of the world's finest paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs can be seen here. From ancient works to the modernist vision of Donald Judd, every major art movement and important artist you can think of is represented in one of Texas's great museums. It's also home to myriad programs for young artists, renowned collections of indigenous art, and a treasure trove of the Old West. Here are some places to start on an art-to-art itinerary visiting the state.
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2200 S Van Buren St, Amarillo, TX 79109, USA
Georgia O'Keeffe called the Texas Panhandle "the place where the sky met the howling wind." A leading figure of modern American art, O’Keeffe taught high school in Amarillo, so it's only fitting that the Amarillo Museum of Art is home to not one...
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419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Created by artists Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado, and Pio Pulido, the Mexic-Arte Museum is a growing institution in downtown Austin whose mission is to "share the art and culture of Mexico" with Texas. The museum first opened with a Day of the Dead...
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500 Main St, Beaumont, TX 77701, USA
Formerly the Beaumont Art Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas is home to a noteworthy permanent collection and while regularly hosting some of the most interesting touring exhibitions. Opened in 1950, the permanent collection of...
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2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
Containing the most comprehensive historic Texas art collection in the state, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University (which began collecting in the 1930s) is not just an art museum, but a museum of the...
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1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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The Menil Collection—so named because the works once belonged to philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil—is perhaps the most famous museum in Houston. The main collection alone features works by titans like Vincent van Gogh,...
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1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
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Since its founding in 1903, the DMA (as locals call it) has grown to become one of the top 10 largest museums in the country, with a permanent collection of over 24,000 works culled from around the globe and spanning over 5,000 years of history....
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1 Cavalry Row,Marfa,TX,79843, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
The Chinati Foundation's large-scale installations are located over 340 acres of land on this former army base. There are now 15 outdoor concrete, 100 aluminum works by the artist in two repurposed military sheds, 25 sculptures by John...
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1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Every person who visits Houston should go to the world-class Museum of Fine Arts, which offers 63,000 works of art spanning entire centuries and continents. From Native American art to impressionism, photography to fashion, there's sure to be...
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2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
It seems wrong to call this Renzo Piano–designed complex a museum—it’s more like a “sculpture safari,” on which you get to experience the pieces in their intended habitat. Opened in 2013, the Nasher Sculpture Center...
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3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
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Louis I. Kahn's iconic vaulted building is home to one of the most important collections of American-collected European art. Opened in 1972, The Kimbell’s masterpieces include Michelangelo's first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony—the...
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3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
Amon G. Carter, Sr. developed a passion for Western art: specifically, the works of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Carter collected these quintessential Texan artists passionately, and after his death, his daughter, Ruth Carter...
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3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (or the Modern, as it's commonly called) is a 153,000 square-foot building comprised of five segments of steel and glass, which provide what Japanese architect Tadao Ando called an "arbor for art"—and which seem...