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“Fun, informative and well-presented”

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Ranked #15 of 156 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Fun, informative and well-presented”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Fort Worth's museum complex is visually appealing and very well-stocked, and the cowgirl museum is a pleasantly surprising highlight. The lovely, well-designed building is nicely laid out with several different displays, all of which are informative with plenty of artefacts and fun stories. The museum is just the right size and the tone is also pitched perfectly and manages to cater to visitors of all ages. I definitely imbibed the spirit of the cowgirl and would encourage other visitors to do so!

Visited May 2014
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Frisco, Texas
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Interesting But Not What I Expected”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

The museum was a little disappointing. I expected more exhibits and artifacts. We went through the museum very quickly. There were several films and two interactive exhibits, including a bronco ride and a photography area with a green screen. The interactive exhibits definitely made the experience – you can download a video of your bronco ride and purchase your photo from the green screen if interested.

Visited March 2014
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Washington state
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fun but a little-bit disappointing”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Displays were interesting, but nothing too deep. I'd hoped for a greater sense of tribute to the women who'd help settle the old west. But the intro film makes one proud to be a woman, and the wall of Texan women who've contributed to society overall was very fun. Some of the displays were really fun, especially the Hollywood cowgirls. But it allows one to harbor the image of beautiful but tough women as typical--which, I'm sure, is really not the case. Worth a short visit. There are several opportunities to get photos taken in front of a green screen. Unfortunately, the day I was there, several scenes had jammed buttons and not working. I tried to get up on the back of a very broad horse (fake) so I could get the customized video of me on a bucking broncho, but I wasn't able to get up on the back of the horse! That doesn't say much for my fitness level, but I can't be the only woman who went away a little disappointed.

Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Place to Visit”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

The museum's motto is "The women who shape the west...change the world". The women featured in the museum are role models for girls and women in any profession and from any part of the country. They showcase women from the early days of rodeo (barrel racing, roping, trick riding), women ranchers, settlers, women who painted or photographed western landscapes as well as women who appeared in westerns from TV, the movies and novels. An inspiring place to visit. www.cowgirl.net

Visited March 2014
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Dallas Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Go see it”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

It's worth the trip and there's excellent food nearby as well. I like Riscky's BBQ and I promise they have great fare at good prices.

Visited February 2014
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