Last updated: 4/16/2011
Fort Worth, Texas
Street Address
309 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Mailing Address
309 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
phone: 888-332-6554
fax: 817-332-8671
e-mail: info@sidrichardsonmuseum.org
web: www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org
Hours
Monday - Thursday9 AM - 5 PM
Friday - Saturday9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Free Admission - closed major holidays
Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Jan Wilkie, Director
phone: 888-332-6554
Mary Burke, Curator of Education
phone: 888-332-6554
Monica Herman, Museum Store Manager/Assistant Director
phone: 888-332-6554
Mitch Geller, Webmaster
Description

Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art in Fort Worth, TX is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.

History

The Sid Richardson Museum displays a permanent collection of 56 paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and other western artists. The majority of the works, reflecting both the art and reality of the American West, were acquired by the oilman and philanthropist Sid W. Richardson from 1942 until his death in 1959.

Richardson's love for western art grew out of his personal experience in ranching and its relationship with his own impressions of the Old West. In Remington's and Russell's paintings, he found much of the vitality and motion he always associated with his West.

Born in Athens, Texas, in 1891, Richardson attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and Baylor University at Waco before entering the oil business at age 22. Thereafter, oil, cattle, and land formed the base of a career that paralleled the boom-and-bust nature of the petroleum industry in the 1920's and 30's.

Since 1982, his collection has been housed at the Sid Richardson Museum in an authentic replica of an original 1895 building, located in historic Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. The site for the museum was chosen for its convenience to downtown visitors and workers as well as for its historic compatibility with the area.

Artifact Collections

Western art from 1880-1947 (primarily Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell)

134 pieces total (includes a few photos, silver saddlery, and bronzes relating to Sid Richardson)

Educational Programs

Central to the mission of The Sid Richardson Museum is a commitment to serving the public. The Museum strives to offer its visitors an enhanced understanding and appreciation of its collection, and the variety of cultures and ideas the art objects represent and evoke.

Rather than attempt to offer a tour of the entire collection, Museum staff teaches with a limited number of carefully selected objects. Tours are age appropriate, inquiry-based, and thematic. Through close and careful viewing, we hope that visitors will learn that it takes time to see a work of art, and that extended engagement can be rewarding.

Students are encouraged to respond more thoughtfully to works of art, to use their own observations to investigate ideas about art and culture, and to become more confident and skilled in using museums as a resource for lifelong learning.

Visitors are actively engaged in dialogue about the art objects and encouraged to provide criteria for their interpretations. Gallery discussion might center around the object's subject matter, formal elements and principles, context, and the meanings communicated by the object.

The artwork represented in the collection provides an entry into an understanding of how Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and their contemporaries responded to life in late 19th- and early 20th-century America, as well as an opportunity to make connections with the ideas, feelings, and values of people living today.

Museum staff also make site visits to share the Collection through slides and prints. The focus of these site visits may be tailored to meet the specific curriculum needs of either the art specialist or the classroom teacher.

In addition, thematic teacher packets which include slides, inquiry sheets, a chronology, and classroom activities are available for those educators who are unable to bring their students to the Museum. Teacher packets are offered in the following themes: The First Americans; Home on the Range; Pathways; Pioneers, Prospectors, and Native Peoples; Battlefields and Bugle Calls; From Sunup Till Sundown; and Heroes of the Old West.

A fee to borrow educational materials will be charged only if materials are not returned.

Thematic postcard tours are available to families visiting the museum.

Publications

The Sid Richardson Foundation publishes an annual report. The museum also publishes a museum store catalogue and gallery guide to the permanent exhibit.

Publications addressing the museum's permanent collection include: Remington & Russell - The Sid Richardson Collection, Brian W. Dippie, University of Texas Press; The Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art, Monica Herman, Terrell Publishing

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Group Tours

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