Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex for a few days, you could combine a visit to the Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History with the Perot Museum in Dallas that we reviewed last week.
Ft. Worth, Texas
Featuring a planetarium, OMNI IMAX theater and a rotating and permanent collection of exhibits, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a one-stop shop for education in the DFW Metroplex. The museum also has special events like the celebrity lecture series and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Check out the new DinoLabs and DinoDig exhibit or catch one of the newest blockbuster releases in the huge IMAX theater—no matter what you do, your kids are sure to enjoy this unique museum.
The Children’s Museum gallery targets the Museum’s youngest guests – age birth to 8 – and those who care for them. The purpose is to encourage opportunities for children to play, knowing that at this age level, children are learning through play.
DinoDig® Exhibit is the reproduction of the Jones Ranch field site in Hood County where paleontologists discovered the Paluxysaursus jonesi in 1982. Rock formations embedded with replica fossils encourage guests to explore paleontology as they uncover and excavate with hand shovels and other tools.
Inside the Children’s Museum is a healthy kids clinic, an infant/toddler developmental space, a parent resource room that also serves as a multi-purpose space, a family restroom, a nursing room for mothers, and a natural science space.
The Children’s Museum is just one section of this large museum. Here’s a link to ALL the exhibits: https://www.fwmuseum.org/explore/
GREAT AT-HOME ACTIVITIES, TOO!
The Ft. Worth Museum, like all museums in our country right now is closed (as of 04/30/20). However, they offer Discovery Lab Online, where children and their grownups can explore content and continue to “play to learn.” By accessing their YouTube channel, you can view videos covering subjects like:
- How Does Gravity Work? (5th – 8th grade)
- Can You Design a Bike Helmet? (PK – 2nd grade)
- Is Shelter-in-Place Slowing Climate Change (5th – 9th grade)
- and lots more!
In the About Us section of the museum’s website, the text describes the history of the museum. Beginning in 1939, a local council of women in education began a study of children’s museums, with the idea of starting one in Ft. Worth. Evolving through several phases and facilities, the museum is now located in Ft. Worth’s cultural district and houses 166,000 square feet of permanent and changing exhibits. So, continuing with the thought the more you know… The oldest children’s museums in America are Boston Children’s Museum (1913), The Detroit Children’s Museum (1917), The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (1925), The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut (1927), and Duluth Children’s Museum (1930).
Details: Location, Admission, Additional Features
Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy St.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
Junior (2 – 18) $13
Hours (beginning August 13, 2020)
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm