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“trick or treated there with the kids” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Ranked #19 of 145 things to do in Fort Worth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: MISSION STATEMENT: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. WHAT: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. It includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, and a research library and archives. Currently, the museum’s archives house more than 4000 artifacts and information about more than 750 remarkable women. WHEN: Started in 1975, in the basement of the Deaf Smith County Library in Hereford, Texas, the Museum and Hall of Fame moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1994 to plan for and build a new permanent home. WHERE: The 33,000 square-foot National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is found on the Will Rogers Memorial Complex located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, which is also home to the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Amon Carter Museum. WHO: The 220 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees include pioneers, artists, writers, entertainers, humanitarians, business women, educators, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls including: Sacagawea, principal guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition; painter Georgia O’Keeffe; potter Maria Martinez; writer Laura Ingalls Wilder; sharpshooter Annie Oakley; Enid Justin, who created the multi-million dollar Nocona Boot Company; Hollywood icon Dale Evans and U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Fort Worth, Texas
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“trick or treated there with the kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

very cool cowgirl museum. what a treat to have it here in Fort Worth. the kids loved the halloween festivities too with trick or treating and the food trucks.

Visited October 2012
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ingleside, il
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not what we expected.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Visited this museum on a bus tour. The museum was more of an art museum. The photos of the cowgirls were good. If you had a cell phone to listen to the stories that went with the photos, it made the exhibit more interesting. There were some interesting exhibits, but just not what we expected after reading the reviews.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego, California
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This museum was really interesting! It had some excellent photos of the women that worked as hard as the men at ranches. I was surprised to see that there were quite a few women that did trick riding and sharpshooting. You only hear about Annie Oakley. Very tough and hard working women and they deserved some recognition!

Visited November 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A great place to go when you visit Fort Worth.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This museum is another one of Fort Worth's great museums. It is definitely one you want to visit on your trip to all of Fort Worth's museums. A great place for the kids as well.

Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A Texas and American Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This museum and hall of fame is superbly done. The building and grounds are beautiful and thoughtfully designed.

I never knew that Sandra Day O'Conner was a cowgirl and author of children's books until I visited the museum. There are beautiful black and white photos of actual cowgirls doing what they do...roping, branding, raising kids, rounding up livestock. Some of these women are more gorgeous that magazine models, yet they are very real.

I truly enjoyed the section on Dale Evans, and they even had a short video on the cowgirl (Jessie?) from Toy Story Two. The museum is two stories with information and exhibits. Loved the section on trick riders as well. They things these women did just boggles the mind, and they performed in spite of injuries knowing that, above all, the show must go on.

There is a nice gift shop, and while things are a little pricey, I would love to have a few of the books.

This museum displays a big part of our American history and the women who helped write it. A must visit if you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Visited October 2012
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