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TheArt Museums of Dallas

Dallas Museums

Crow Collection of Asian Art… The Crow Collection contains more than 600 paintings, metal and stone objects, and large architectural pieces from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.  Located at 2010 Flora St.  Free but Donations Accepted.

Dallas Arboretum…Located on the shore of White Rock Lake , it features 66 acres of gardens and two historical mansions, the DeGolyer House and Camp estate which were built in 1939 and feature 17th and 18th century art and furniture.   Located at 8528 Garland Road.

Dallas Contemporary Museum… This center’s year round exhibitions feature the work of regional artists.  Located at 161 Glass St.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park… This was Dallas’ first city park and it offers a peek of what it was like to live in Texas in the 1800’s.  The Village features pioneer and Victorian homes and building and actors in period costumes.  The Village also offers tours, events and living history re-enactments.  Located at 1515  Harwood St.

Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for education and Tolerance… This center is dedicated to teaching lessons of the Holocaust and memorializing its victims  Provides guided group tours, lectures, exhibits and other programs. Located at 211 N. Record St.  Admission Charge.

Dallas Museum of Art…The museum’s collection includes American masterpieces, contemporary art, European and impressionist art, and art of the Americas, Africa, Asia an the Pacific  Located at 171 N. Harwood.  Free.

Dallas World Aquarium…Exotic plants and creatures from around the world inhabit this aquarium.  Observe otters, birds, stingrays, piranhas penguins and other animals.  Located at 1801 N. Griffin St.  Admission Charge.

Dallas Zoo…Take the Monorail Safari tour through the African habitats or explore exhibits by foot.  Exhibits include Giants of the Savanna, wilds of Africa, Primate Place, the Herpetarium, Texas cats, endangered Tiger Habitation, Koala Walkabout and Wings of Wonder.  Located at 650 S. R. L. Thornton Fwy.  Admission Charge.

Fair Park…Fair Park was the site of the 1936 World’s Fair and Texas Centennial exposition.  This 277 acre park is now home to cultural, educational and sports facilities.  The Texas State Fair is held here each year in the fall. It is home to several of the Dallas museums..  Located at 1200 S. Second Ave.

  • African American Museum… Founded in 1974 as part off the Bishop College Special Collection, this museum holds artistic, cultural and historical material from the African-American community and features on of the nation’s largest collections of African -American folk art.  Located at 3536 Grand Avenue in Fair Park.
  • Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park… This aquarium is designed with children in mind, including eye level interactive exhibits, touch pools and feeding demonstrations.  The Stingray Bay pavilion offers up-close views of stingrays and zebra sharks.  Located at 1462 First Ave. in Fair Park.  Admission Charge.
  • Hall of State…This Art Deco style landmark celebrates the history of Texas with exhibits by the Dallas Historical Society.  Free.
  • Music Hall at Fair Park…The hall, designed in Spanish Baroque style with Moorish architectural influences made its grand debut in 1975.  Home of the Dallas Summer Musical performances.  Located at 909 First Ave.  Admission Charge.
  • State Fair of Texas…With origins dating to 1886, this is one of the largest state fair in the nation.  Attractions include midway games, rides, an auto show with a test track, live performances, bike shows, pig races, livestock shows demonstrations and of course all kinds of food.   Typically held the last week in September running through the first two weeks in October.   Located at 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd.  Admission Charge.
  • Texas Discovery Gardens… This certified organic garden features several display and interactive gardens, a butterfly house, scent garden, waterfall and the Benny J Simpson Texas Native Plant Collection  Located at 3601 Marin Luther Kind Blvd.

Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial… This historical landmark honor a pre-Civil War African-American burial ground and the lives of more than 7000 of America’s earliest pioneers.  Located at Lemmon Avenue and Central Expressway.

Frontiers of Flight Museum… From Kitty Hawk to the moon walk, relive the history of aviation amidst one of the world’s finest collection of artifacts, scale models and photographs.  Located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue.  Admission Charge.

George W.  Bush Presidential Library and Museum…This museum highlights the administration of President George w. Bush.  It is the repository for presidential gifts and other artifacts relating to the life and career of President and Mrs.  Bush.  On the campus of Southern Methodist University.  Admission Charge.

John F. Kennedy Memorial… A historical marker on Houston Street near Elm Street marks the spot where President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963  The Cenotaph and Memorial Park is a city block with an open style monument dedicated to the slain president.  Located at Main and Market Streets.

Latino Cultural Center… This center presents Latino artists working in the visual and performing arts, film and literature in addition to supporting local artists and  arts organizations.  Located at 260 Live Oak.

McKinney Avenue Trolley… Visitors can ride McKinney Avenue’s free trolley between Dallas Arts District and the McKinney Avenue Uptown neighborhood.

Meadows Museum… This museum housed the most significant collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, including works by Velazquez, Ribera, Zurbaran, El Greco, Murillo, Goya and Picasso  Located at 5900 Bishop Ave.  Admission Charge.

Nasher Sculpture Center…This urban oasis of art and nature includes a 54,000square foot building designed by architect Renzo Piano, a contemporary art collection and a 2 acre sculpture garden.  Nasher is considered one of the foremost collections of contemporary 20th century sculpture in the world.  Located at 2001 Flora St.  Admission Charge.

Old Red Courthouse…. Built in 1892 this Richardson Romanesque structure, made of red sandstone, is one of Dallas’ oldest remaining building.  It is also the site of Dallas’ state-of-the-art Tourist Information Center.  Located at 100 S. Houston St.

Palace of Wax/Ripley’s Believe or Not!.. Visit the Palace of Wax and come face to face with life like figures from Hollywood, the Old West, history, childhood fantasy and the life of Christ.  Ripley’s showcases galleries of the most beautiful, bizarre and fascinating oddities from around the world.  Located at 601 Palace Parkway.  Admission Charge.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science… This state of the art museum in an environmentally friendly building offers interactive exhibit an a multimedia center  Permanent collections include Sports Hall,  weather center with a man made tornado, the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall with dinosaur skeletons and a gem and mineral hall.  This is one of the Dallas museums that attracts people of all ages.    Located at 2001 N. field St  Admission Charge.

Pioneer Plaza…This 4.2 acre plaza between historic Pioneer Cemetery and Dallas Convention Center features the world’s largest bronze monument, depicting 40 Texas longhorn steers being driven by there cowboys on horseback.  Located at Young and Griffin Streets.

Reunion Tower… This 50 story tower topped  by a lighted ball is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Dallas skyline and the focal point of the Reunion area which was a settlement of French immigrants in the 19th century.  It features an observation deck, restaurant and revolving lounge.  Located at 300 Reunion Blvd.  Admission Charge to view from deck.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor… This water park includes chutes, slides, a lazy river ride, wave pool, surfing area and an activity pool with waterfall and suntan deck.  Located at 1800 E.Lamar Road in Arlington.  Admission Charge.

Six Flags Over Texas… The original Six Flags theme park  features world famous roller coasters and thrill rides such as the 400 foot Texas Sky Screamer, the tallest swing ride in the world. Also enjoy Looney Tunes Land for children, live action shows and food. Located at 2201 Road to Six Flags.  Admission Fee and Parking Fee.

The Sixth Floor Museum… This exhibition at Dealey Plaza covers the life, death and legacy of President John . Kennedy.  Displays include photographs, artifacts, an audio tour, films and rotating exhibits.  The Visitor Center at the former Texas School Book Depository has elevators up to the sixth floor.  Located at 411 Elm St.

South Dallas Cultural Center… This facility in South Dallas serves the arts community with a theater, visual arts gallery, dance studios, ceramics, printmaking and photography.  Located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.

Southfork Ranch…This ranch became famous in the television series “Dallas” which aired form 1978-91.  Visitors can tour the mansion and grounds and see the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress, the Lincoln Continental that Jock Ewing drove and other memorabilia.  Gift Shop. Althouugh not located in Dallas it is one of the most popular Dallas museums for movie buffs.   Located at 3700 Hogge Road in Parker, about 7 miles north of Plano.  Admission Charge.

Thanksgiving Square…Opened in 1977, this inter-faith chapel is the site of worship services.  The landscaping provided a quiet retreat in the center of the city.  Located at 6127 Pacific St.

West End Historic District… This turn of the century district west of downtown is the site of restaurants shops, and nightclubs in the restored, red brick warehouses.  Take a horse drawn carriage ride through the district.  Located at Lamar, Record and Market streets.

Wilson Historic District Walking Tour… The historic Wilson Block along Swiss Avenue in the heart of downtown recalls the Victorian era of early Dallas.  Tour begins with a short film at the wilson Carriage House behind 2922 Swiss Ave.

As you can readily see their are many wonderful choices when visiting the Dallas museums.  Why not Stop and Visit them on your next trip to beautiful Dallas.





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