Sid Richardson Museum
An Introduction To the Sid Richardson Museum
The Sid Richardson Museum sits in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth; its address is 309 Main Street. The museum is best known for its collection of Western oil paintings. It has a large number of paintings by Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. There are also paintings by William Leigh, Peter Moran, Peter Hurd, Wilbert Gilbert Gaul, Edwin Deming, Oscar Berninghaus, Charles Schrevogel and Charles F. Brown. All of the paintings are originals.
The museum store offers high quality reproductions of many of the paintings for sale. The paintings were part of the estate of the late oilman (and, later, philanthropist) Sid Williams Richardson. For example, his name also graces the Sid Richardson campground on land he donated to the Boy Scouts. In that same spirit, his namesake museum offers free regularly scheduled tours. Guided tours must be scheduled at least three weeks’ notice. The museum is open to the public without reservations. They are closed major holidays like Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
The Sid Richardson Museum opened in 1982. It is notable for sitting in a building that looks like one of the original 1895 buildings that dotted the area. The site was selected for its proximity to both tourists to downtown Fort Worth and the Western feel of the historic area that ties into their artwork collection. The museum expanded in 2006. The museum features far more than artwork celebrating the Wild West and pioneer era. It offers art workshops for children, teens and adults. They show family friendly films about the history of the era their artwork is set in. They host meetings of art lovers and bring in artists to replicate how famous paintings were created. This makes the Sid Richardson Museum an excellent resource for aspiring and amateur artists.
You can reach the museum via Business 287, and it is a short walk from the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center off Jones Street. It is a modest walk from the Fort Worth Convention Center and Omni Fort Worth Theater. If you drive to the museum, know that there is no parking in the old industrial building. Instead, you can park in one of the Sundance Square parking garages. The address of Garage 1 is 201 Commerce. That’s immediately north of Second Street. Garage 2 is on the 400 block of Calhoun. There is free valet parking on weekdays if you stop on the west side of Main and Third. This requires taking your claim ticket to the Museum to get validated.
Take W 2nd St to Houston St
Head northwest on Main St toward W 2nd St
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W 2nd St
Turn left onto Houston St
Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto W 4th St
Take the exit toward University Dr from Chisholm Trail Pkwy
Continue onto Macon St
Use the left lane to take the ramp to I-30 W
Use the left lane to merge onto West Fwy
Use the left lane to take the Chisholm Trail Parkway South ramp
Merge onto Chisholm Trail Pkwy
Take the exit toward University Dr
Drive to your destination
Destination will be on the right