Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the content below for the answers to the Museum's most-frequently asked questions.

If you do not see an answer to your question, please contact the Museum at 817-332-8451. 

Planning Your Visit

  • Can I get to the Kimbell using public transportation?
    The Museum is at the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District and is accessible through the D/FW public transportation system. For detailed schedules and route maps, please click here.
  • Is there a fee to enter the Museum?
    Admission to the permanent collection is always free. There is a charge to view special exhibitions. Half-price exhibition admission is offered on Tuesdays (all day) and on Fridays from 5–8 p.m. Click here for current pricing information.
  • Can I make reservations in the Buffet Restaurant?
    Reservations are available for groups of 8 to 24 people, only at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays–Thursdays and Saturdays; call 817-332-8451, ext. 277. No reservations on Fridays or Sundays.
  • Are there wheelchairs available for public use?
    A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum's two parcel checks, located in the Kahn Building east gallery and the Piano Pavilion lobby. The Kimbell also welcomes personal wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Is photography permitted in the Museum?
    Nonflash photography is allowed in the permanent-collection galleries. No photography of any kind is allowed in special exhibitions. If you need to bring a tripod or are taking photographs for a publication, please contact the public relations department before your visit at
  • Is sketching permitted in the galleries?
    Unless prohibited during special exhibitions, you may sketch on sketchpads with a pencil or colored pencil as long as it does not obstruct or interfere with other visitors. For the protection of the art on display, please refrain from sketching with charcoal, oil sticks, or pastels. Outside chairs or stools are not permitted.
  • Are baby strollers permitted in the galleries?
    Baby strollers are allowed in the galleries, except at peak times. Children must not push strollers.
  • I have a group visiting the Museum. How do I schedule a group tour? How far in advance should I schedule a tour?
    Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more; they must be scheduled no less than three weeks in advance and are subject to availability. E-mail the tour programs coordinator at or call 817-332-8451, ext. 249. For special exhibitions, self-guided groups must purchase tickets through Group Sales. Please call 817-332-8451, ext. 229, or e-mail

Education Programs

  • Does the Museum offer drop-in activities for children?
    The Museum offers Family Gallery Guides, which are available at the Information Desk in the east gallery. These colorful guides promote discovery and discussion of artworks on view.   We also offer free Acoustiguide audio tours for the permanent collection and building with about 25 family-friendly stops designed for children ages 7 to 12. Click here for more information on visiting with children, or click here to learn about scheduled programs for kids and families.
  • Are there lunchroom facilities available for visiting school groups?
    The Museum does not have inside lunchroom facilities for visiting school groups. Students may eat their lunches outside near the John Peter Smith oak tree at the center of the Darnell Street parking lot. Please do not transport food through the Museum; school groups are responsible for disposing their trash.
  • Are education programs conducted in languages other than English?
    Docent-guided tours are available in Spanish, French, and German on a limited basis. Requests must be made through the tour programs coordinator ( at least three weeks in advance.
  • What is a docent?
    Volunteer docents are a vital part of the Kimbell's education mission. They are committed to the study and discussion of artworks from the Kimbell's permanent collection and special exhibitions, and to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with student and adult visitors during tours and other education programs. After one year of mandatory training, docents must fulfill 25 tour hours and 30 hours of continuing education annually.
  • How do I become a docent?
    Docent training classes take place every three to four years, according to the needs of the department. Individuals interested in applying to become a docent must contact the education department at to request an application; completed forms will be kept on file until the interviews and selection process for the next docent training class begins. After successful completion of the year-long training, new docents are asked to commit to two years of active service.

Museum Membership

  • I can’t find my membership card. Can I still receive my benefits at the Museum?
    If your membership is current, but you misplaced your membership cards, you can still enjoy your benefits at the Museum.The staff at the Box Office and Membership Office can look up your membership number and provide you with your exhibition tickets and documentation to receive your museum shop discount. The Museum Shop staff is also available for assistance. 
  • How do I get a replacement membership card?
    Contact the membership department at 817-332-8451, ext. 276, to receive a replacement membership card. These requests generally take two weeks to process.
  • Does the Museum have spaces available for rent?
    Facility rental and entertaining privileges are available for Kimbell Benefactor's Circle Members ($10,000 annual membership) and for our Corporate Members ($15,000 annual membership minimum). The Museum’s auditorium spaces may also be rented by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Additional rental and staffing fees may apply. For more information, or if you would like to discuss our membership and rental policies in more detail, please contact Robert McAn, manager of membership and special events, at or 817-332-8451, ext. 227.

General Museum Information

  • Does the Museum have a lost and found?
    If you misplaced something during your last visit to the Museum, ask a security guard for assistance with the lost and found during your next visit, or call 817-332-8451 and ask about the lost and found.
  • Does the Museum offer outreach programs?
    The Museum does not have an outreach program at this time.
  • How do I acquire the rights to reproduce an image from your website?
    All requests to reproduce images of works from the Kimbell Art Museum should be addressed to Shelly Threadgill,
  • Is smoking allowed at the Kimbell Art Museum?
    Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco, is not permitted in the Museum or anywhere on the Museum's grounds.

Visitors Guide

The Kimbell Art Museum is excited to welcome visitors to its stunning new Renzo Piano Pavilion.

The Kimbell's highly anticipated pavilion has been in production for six years—Piano accepted the commission in 2007, groundbreaking occurred in 2010, and the Grand Opening took place on November 27, 2013. 

To find out more about this exciting new addition to the Kimbell Art Museum, take a look at our Visitors Guide.