Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Carter houses one of the great collections of American art in the world. Originating with our founder and namesake, Amon G. Carter Sr., and his personal collection of more than 400 western-themed works, the Carter’s collection has grown to over 175,000 artworks that reflect the vitality of American creativity. From paintings and sculpture to photographs and works on paper, there’s something for everyone in our galleries!

  • Admission to Carter is always free! Our founder wanted the museum to be a free resource to the community, and thanks to the ongoing support of our members and donors, we offer free admission to everyone, every day. Some events may have a fee.

  • You can find information about parking, accessibility, events, and more on our Visit page.

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  • Art is meant to be shared! We encourage visitors to capture their visit and share on social media with #CarterArt, but we have a few rules to protect the art and to respect other visitors’ experiences. Learn more in our Photo and Video Policy.

    Photo and Video Policy

  • Tobacco use is not permitted in the museum or on the museum grounds; use of other nicotine delivery devices including pipes and e-cigarettes is also prohibited.

  • As an educational institution with numerous school and educational groups and activities on our property, weapons are prohibited from the property pursuant to Section 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code. Additionally, pursuant to Texas Penal Code Sections 30.06 and 30.07, we have posted legal signage notifying the public that we do not permit concealed or openly carried handguns in our facility.

  • The Carter supports the use of images to encourage research and education. If you intend to use images for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than “fair use,” you must receive prior written permission. Please contact us to request images and learn more about fees.

  • Library collections are available to all museum visitors during weekly public hours and at other times by appointment. Viewing archival materials and works of art is available by appointment only. See Research at the Carter for details and a research request form.

  • In general, objects should have basic protection from excess exposure to light, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, insect pests, and careless handling. Conservation Online maintains links to numerous websites providing information about caring for art and artifact collections. To find a conservator, The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works provides guidelines for selecting one and offers referrals. The museum does not provide such services to the public.

  • The museum and its staff do not appraise, evaluate, or authenticate works of art for the public. We suggest that you consult a reputable art dealer, appraiser, or auction house. Don’t know who else to ask? The Appraisers Association of America and the American Society of Appraisers are both good resources to get started.

  • In the past the museum sold reproductions on canvas of several popular paintings. The reproductions were made on canvas and “Amon Carter Museum” was stamped on the back of each one. These reproductions are no longer for sale through the Museum Shop, but many are still in existence. However, they have not appreciated in value from their original selling price. Some of these reproductions include:

    • Albert Bierstadt, Sunrise, Yosemite Valley
    • William M. Chase, Idle Hours
    • Jasper F. Cropsey, Narrows from Staten Island
    • William M. Harnett, Ease
    • Thomas Moran, Cliffs of Green River
    • several paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
  • A request for donations may be submitted to info@cartermuseum.org. Please include the name of the organization and the date of your fundraiser.

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