”Why Fort Worth Museum of Science & History Is a Must See!” is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links. Please see the disclosure page for more information. Disclaimer – always verify medical information with your doctor or a professional.
Are you looking for a great vacation this year? Not sure where to go for spring break? Check out Fort Worth, Texas! There are historic sites, beautiful parks, restaurants, fun entertainment areas, and world class museums. The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History is one of the amazing museums located in the Cultural District. I love how you can park in one place and only walk a block or two to see this museum plus 8 more! Plus, it’s like being at a park with such a beautiful setting.
We walked from where we are staying to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History which was less than a mile so we didn’t even need parking. (Such a handy location!) We walked from Montgomery Street which is the opposite side of the main entrance on Gendy Street. So we turned on Lansford Lane and passed by the external entrance to the Omni Theater which is also accessible from inside the main museum.
There are some fun sculptures to explore on this side of the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History near the Omni Theater like greetings from this giant dinosaur!
We made our way to the admissions area and wow! I’m not sure what I was expecting but just the entry was amazing. In the foyer with the ticket line is the 9/11 Tribute Exhibit is N-101, a full-façade panel that supported three floors (101-103) two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower. I wasn’t expecting this. The somewhat twisted dark metal stood in such contrast to the bright, airy entrance.
Just after the entrance is a large kind of foyer to the museum with a giant dino skeleton. Of course, my kids loved it! (And me too) Here you can choose a couple different ways to go. Turn right for the Children’s Museum, the Innovation Studios, Clifford the Big Red dog, Dinolab, Energy Blast, the gift store, Omni Theater, and more. Turn left under the stairs for a bite to eat. Straight ahead for the outdoor courtyard that literally looks like the most peaceful place on the planet. Or upstairs to the left see the Noble Planetarium, Cattle Raisers, and Launchpad Apollo 11. We started our day heading upstairs, but I gotta admit that courtyard kept calling my name!…
Cattle Raiser Museum
I love how many interactive exhibits there are at the museum. We started with the Cattle Raisers Museum and learned so much! I had no idea there were so many types of barbed wire and I grew up with my parents raising one of two cows a year for our family. I thought I had a bit of country knowledge in me but had no idea…
The workmanship of the saddles on display was amazing. We learn about the history of cattle raising and more. There was a interactive setup where you could virtually “try on” pioneer type clothes which was funny. But my favorite part of the interact exhibits in this area was the silly cow gallery with the “paintings” of cows. I really thought these were just random virtual paintings and then they started moving and talking! It cracked us all up!
Here’s a short clip of part of it…
After that, we checked out the V-Drome 2020 video in 360degrees. Whewww. I got dizzy and LOVED it! This world has so many amazing things to see and watching from the drone vantage point was so cool. This leads into the Launchpad area which covers space exploration and a myriad of interactive exhibits like the plasma electric ball, thermal tattos, red shift screen, and sooo much more. We are big space nerds so we spent a ton of time here. There was even an art area where we designed our own mission patches. Just FYI the panels with pictures of different planets and the moon are interactive touch screens… so cool!
Next on our list… Innovation Studios!
We tested out our parachute making skills in one of the many interactive exhibits in this area…
This is where we spent the largest amount of time during our day. It was super fun for our kids that are 8-11 years old and super fun for my husband and I in our 40s. My youngest loved the bed of nails the most. My daughter and I loved the Maker Studio the most. We tried out a bunch of the mind binder games and learned about how our brains work (Or not so well!!! LOL).
On either side of the main area are four rooms which have different activities. We were there during the Take Apart and Make Some Art pop-up program. The Maker Studio is located in the first studio on the right. Here’s the decorative box my daughter made from bits and pieces she removed from old recycled electronics…
At the very back of Innovation Studios is the Adventures with Clifford area. Oh my! I wish we could have taken my kids here when they were younger! This was one of their favorite book characters. We read the books and watched the videos all of the time. It is a great immersive area for littles. It’s like you are tranferred into one of the vidoes. So cute and fun!
The Gift Shop
I enjoyed this museum gift shop! It’s all science-y and fun educational items. That’s my kind of toys for sure. 🙂 Our kids spent about 45 minutes looking around for just the right thing. There was anything from foam squishy stuff to kids sized astronaut dress up suits to stress balls! There were even some giant bat wings that I tried on and was temped to purchase for Halloween this year. If you love educational toys, this is a must visit or you can purchase a gift card over the phone or in store if you want to surprise your little ones while also helping support the museum.
After picking up some fun souvenir toys(that are educational… shhhh don’t tell my kids LOL), we headed to the dinosaur exhibit. This is just past the Children’s Museum. We were starting to run out of steam since we had been at the museum for several hours and decided the dino area was where we could muster using up the rest of our energy! My oldest son loved seeing the exhibit of how two dinosaurs might have looked fighting using their skeletons. All of us love seeing the fossils. I thought it was cool that you could put your foot inside a dinosaur footprint to better understand the scale of these creatures!
I also loved how you could color dinosaurs and add them to the video playing at the very back of the exhibit! My daughter and I spent about 15-20 minutes doing this while the guys were hanging out on a bench outside this area having popcorn and soda from the concession stand up the stairs at the Omni Theater. If we weren’t all worn out from being there so long already, I would have spent time at the dinosaur sculpture where you can virtually change its color and add silly things like hearts all over it! So fun!