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Visiting The New Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition in Fort Worth (Spoiler Alert ~ It’s Amazing!)

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The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition opened its doors to the public in Fort Worth last week, and we popped in for a visit (it is incredibly interesting, to say the least!).  Here’s the scoop on our experience, what you need to know before you go, and how to save on your tickets.

We highly recommend putting this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition on your “must do” list, as this is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibits of Dead Sea Scroll fragments  assembled, and the largest ever presented in Texas.  The exhibition features 21 fragments of original Dead Sea Scrolls ~ eight of which have never been shown publicly.

It was beyond amazing to see, in person, these ancient documents that were naturally preserved for almost 2,000 years ~ the oldest-known manuscripts of Biblical scripture and the greatest manuscript discovery of our time. First discovered in 1947 near the Dead Sea, the scrolls include surviving fragments of over 1,350 original scrolls, dating back as early as 250 B.C. 

Our Experience At The Exhibit

The tour:  The beginning of our guided tour took us through a fascinating, winding path of ancient artifacts and antiquities, interesting historical details, and thematic sets.  Our personal guide touched on the high points of many of the artifacts which included ancient glass & pottery, coins, medical implements, and other examples of life in ancient times.  This part took about 45 minutes ~ even at that, we didn’t get a chance to see every item (so we appreciated the opportunity to return at the end and view this section at our own pace).

Seeing the Scrolls: The next part of the tour brought us to a large room to see a quick film (less than 10 minutes) which provided some interesting background info about the Dead Sea Scrolls.  After the movie, we were led through a reproduction cave to the last section and focal point of the exhibition where we viewed the Dead Sea Scroll fragment displays (as well as other rare documents like part of the Gutenberg Bible ~ the first major book ever produced on a printing press).  It was absolutely amazing to see these historically important artifacts in person.  In a nutshell, we loved our visit!

Visiting tips:  I expect the exhibition will be busy on the weekends, so if you are able, we recommend attending during the middle of the week.  We went in the early afternoon on a weekday ~ we were able to spend as much time as we wanted on each display and not feel crowded or rushed.   You will be on your feet most of the time, so wear comfy shoes.  We also suggest you set aside about 2 hours to go through the exhibit.

How to save on tickets:  You can save up to $6 a ticket by attending the exhibit Monday through Thursday (the price goes up on weekends).  Also, active Military (with valid Military ID) and children under 3 can attend anytime for FREE!  Other discounts may be periodically posted on the exhibit’s Facebook page, (so be sure and “friend” them to be the first to learn about future savings).  Tickets are on sale at SeeTheScrolls.com.

Highlights You Don’t Want To Miss

  • 21 Dead Sea Scroll Fragments including biblical passages from Exodus, the Psalms and Daniel.
  • Ancient artifacts including the Simon of Cyrene ossuary and displays including actual excavation tools from the original site.
  • Other rare documents including a portion of a Gutenberg Bible and a 1611 King James Bible.
  • Simulated archaeological dig located just outside the exhibition where people of all ages can dig up an authentic 2,000 year old pot shard (plus, if you find one, you get to keep it!)

Details, Details

What:  Learn more and get tickets at SeeTheScrolls.com
When:  The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible Exhibit runs through
January 13, 2013 and is open Monday to Saturday 10:00AM-8:00PM and Sunday 1:00PM-7:00PM
Where:  MacGorman Performing Arts Center at Southwestern Seminary ~ 4616 Stanley Avenue in Fort Worth

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Thursday ~ FREE Fort Worth Sundance Square 2012 Outdoor Movie ~ Featuring Mission Impossible

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Don’t forget ~ the last day of Sundance Square’s 2012 FREE outdoor movie series, Stars under the Stars, takes place Thursday, June 28, with the movie Mission Impossible.  Gateway Parking Lot will be converted to an outdoor movie theatre and a fun spot to enjoy the action-packed feature, Mission Impossible. Old fashioned style hand fans will even be provided (way to go Sundance Square!). Bring your picnic blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Or if you like, folding chairs will also be available for a $2 rental fee. Gates open at 7:30pm with the show starting at dusk (around 9pm).

“To-go” food items from the Sundance Square restaurants may be brought onto the lot but Sundance Square kindly requests that you do not bring in other outside food, drinks or coolers. Please also leave your pets in the comfort and safety of your home.

Details, details
What: Learn more about Sundance Square’s FREE outdoor Movie Series,
Stars Under the Stars, here.
Where: Gateway Parking Lot ~ bordered by 4th Street, Houston Street, 5th Street and Throckmorton Street. Parking is FREE after 5 p.m. at all Sundance Square parking lots and garages. Click here to find available FREE parking options.
When: Thursday, June 28. Movie starts at dusk (about 9pm). Gates open at 7:30pm.  
Cost: FREE. You can rent a chair for $2 if you wish.

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FREE Rental from Blockbuster with Good Grades

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Blockbuster is rewarding your student’s hard work with a FREE movie rental from their stores.  To receive the free rental, you’ll need to bring in your child’s report card with an overall B average grade or better. Qualifying students can get 1 free rental per grading period.

Find a participating Blockbuster store here.

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Last Call Neiman Marcus Memorial Day Sale ~ 30% OFF Entire Purchase May 24 to 29

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Neiman Marcus Last Call Store in Grapevine Mills Mall is having a fantastic sale and offering 30% OFF your entire purchase  ~ May 24 to 29, 2012.  Offer is also good at LastCall.com if you’d rather browse the sale from home.  Go here to learn more.

Savings tip:  If shopping online, use promocode LC75MAY to get FREE shipping on orders over $75.

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Worth Going: Last Call Neiman Marcus ~ 30 to 40% OFF ENTIRE Store and Website

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Neiman Marcus Last Call Store in Grapevine Mills Mall is having a fantastic sale and offering 30-40% OFF your entire purchase Wednesday and Thursday (April 18 and 19, 2012).  Offer is also good at LastCall.com if you’d rather browse the sale from the comfort of home ~ the online store sale starts today, April 17, so you can get the sale prices a day early!

Go here to print out the offer and learn more.

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March 9-11 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Events Edition

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ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FORT WORTH WEEKEND EDITION Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or really cheap) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Subscribe to our blog updates and you’ll receive this weekly entertainment guide along with more budget stretching ideas and tips throughout the week! Subscribe for FREE (here)!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Events and Exhibit Entrance to The Kimbell’s Age of Impressionism Opening
  • Live Theater: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • FREE Wizard of Oz Classic Family Movie Showing
  • FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
  • FREE Lowe’s Woodworking Workshop
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance
  • FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class

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:: FREE Inaugural Events and Exhibit Entrance to The Kimbell’s
Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark
 Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11 (Exhibit through June 17)

 

This weekend, visitors are invited to a series of FREE inaugural events as part of the opening of the Kimbell Art Museum’s special exhibition of The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark. 

  • Saturday features three free lectures from leading art scholars.  No reservations are required, but seating is limited.
  • Sunday’s official opening to the public will offer FREE ADMISSION for the first 101 visitors and an afternoon of FREE 19th century music and ballet performances.

About the Exhibit: The Kimbell Art Museum is the sole American venue for this international touring exhibition of the renowned Impressionist collection of the Clark Art Institute. The 73 paintings in the exhibition include some of the most familiar masterpieces of the Impressionist era and features 21 Renoirs and six Monets, along with works by Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other prominent French painters of the period.

Details, details
What:
To learn more about the Age of Impression Exhibit, go here.  To learn more about this weekend’s free inaugural events and admission, go here.
When
: Go here to see the schedule of all inaugural exhibit activities.  Lecture series takes place Saturday, March 10, 2012 ~ 10:00AM – 2:30PM.  Opportunity for free exhibit admission (for the first 101 visitors) starts Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 12:00PM.  Exhibit runs daily through June 17, 2012.
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. For directions to the Kimbell, click here. The lecture series will take place in the Darnell Street auditorium, across Van Cliburn Way from the museum.
Cost: FREE admission to the lecture.  Go here to learn about ticket prices and admission discounts.

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:: Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at Artisans Theater
Enjoy the classic story of Huckleberry Finn brought to life onstage at Artisan Theater. Do note that the show will be performed in Sign Language on Monday nights and Saturday matinees.  For more info about this live theater production, click here.

Details, details
When: Performances through March 17
Where: Artisan Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst
Cost: Varies depending on performance. Go here to learn more. 

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:: FREE Wizard of Oz Classic Family Movie Showing
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a free showing of the classic film The Wizard of Oz featuring Judy Garland on Saturday, March 10. This movie showing is part of the Second Saturday Family Film Series which runs monthly family-friendly movies through the end of the year.

About the movie: One of the most popular films of all time ~ A tornado whisks Dorothy and her dog Toto into the magical land of Oz, where she encounters the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, a Cowardly Lion and a wicked witch. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic novel. Rated G; 102 minutes.

Details, details
What: For more information about this movie event and future showings, click here. Learn more about the movie here.
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 ~ 1:00PM
Where: The Fort Worth Central Library’s Youth Center Discovery Theatre. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage. The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost:
FREE!

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:: FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Explore the nature trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center on a FREE family friendly naturalist-led Nature Walk.  The Living Science Center is the gateway to River Legacy Parks in Arlington.  

Details, details
What:
To find out more about the FREE Nature Walk and River Legacy Living Science Center, go here. RSVP to 817.860.6752
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center,703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington
When: Saturday March 10, 2012, 2:00PM
Cost:FREE, but donations are appreciated.

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Basketball Game
Saturday, March 10, 2012

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home. All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Join Williams-Sonoma for a class on how to make cakes that will have everyone wanting a second slice. There’s a different type of cake to suit every taste – this class focuses on some of the most popular. You will learn the fundamentals to making great cakes, from creaming, folding and sifting, to proper baking, and show-stopping presentations. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.

Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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Hallmark Cards: Buy One, Get One FREE Coupon

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Hallmark has a terrific printable coupon (click here) for Buy One Get One FREE Cards  ~ just in time for Valentines Day!  Don’t wait too long to print this, as I’m not sure how long Hallmark will have this up on their site.  Note that the coupon is good for up to $2.50 value.

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