New Series: The Amon Carter Turns 50 - Happy Birthday!

On January 21, 1961, the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art opened its doors to the public for the first time. The museum was a gift to the people of Fort Worth, a place to see and learn about great works of art. Amon G. Carter made clear that this museum would always be free and open to the public, a policy we still follow today.

Do you remember your first visit to the Amon Carter? Did any exhibits offer special meaning to you? Share your memories with us this year as we look back at our history and look forward to our future. Join the conversation here on our blog, friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and help us celebrate.

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Thank you for pointing this out. The fix is on the way.

I must have first visited in 1972 when I was a young photography student at Tyler Junior College. In those days there weren't many places to see an actual photograph on display close to Tyler and I drove over to see one. I was captivated by the collection and thrilled to see many images and objects I had only seen as reproductions. Amon Carter immediately expanded my interest in art beyond photography to painting and sculpture. Since those days I have visited many museums and seen a large number of shows and exhibitions but Amon Carter remains the dearest and purest experience.

Thanks, Robert. The Amon Carter was the first art museum experience for me too. I remember asking for a horse on the way home because I was going to grow up and be a cowboy.

The museum has certainly changed over the years. Now we have two galleries dedicated to our wonderful photography collection. Please come see us the next time you are in FW!

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