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Old Red Museum

100 South Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown Dallas)
214 571 1300
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Ranked #39 of 152 Attractions in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Dedicated to the cultural, economic, political and social history of Dallas County, this museum is housed in the beautifully Old Red Courthouse.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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193 reviews 193 reviews
30 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

While we were visiting Dallas recently we knew that we wanted to visit The Old Red Museum which is located in the historic West End of downtown Dallas. The Museum provides its visitors great insight into what made Dallas great. The Museum is housed in the Old Red Courthouse which dates back to 1892 and covers Dallas history from its... More

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Los Angeles, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
93 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

What a great collection and presentation of local history to the region. There are primarily 4 rooms - each dedicated to a faction of history: Settlement through WW1, WW1-WW2, Post War Boom, and Modern Industry and economics. It gave me a full understanding of the people and the place, and a new appreciation for the contributions and industries that were... More

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Leelanau County, Michigan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A beautiful old building located near the Book Depository. Lovely old architecture both inside out. My opportunity to visit was based on a family reception held on the fourth floor. It was a beautiful space for the reception, with more than enough room for buffet tables, dining tables, and adequate dance floor.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We came across this museum unexpectedly, and it surprised us pleasantly. Located in an old courthouse that has been fully and tastefully refurbished but still retains many original touches, this museum covers the earliest period of regional history up to features of the present day. The exhibits are divided into four parts, each with an accompanying video and endless displays... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Even though it is small, I spent hours looking at the detailed info, listening to the commentary you can get on your phone and enjoying the variety of media used to present the facts in interesting ways. Each section presented a short film which summarized very nicely the items in that area. If you're pressed for time- seeing these films... More

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A great place to learn about the lengthy history, of such a great city. Very good value, well laid out, and we still didn't manage to see all of what was displayed. Absorbing, educational, and thoroughly interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

It was a great place to visit. The parking was a tad difficult, but worth it, once we made it in the museum.

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Houston, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The museum has many interesting facts and information. Although it is lacking an oh ah factor. It wasn't the most fun attraction we visited in Dallas. Not great for kids although there were some interactive set-ups that we could stop and play with. Better attraction for adults. There is alot of reading of information. There are videos and computer games... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Definitely a place to stop if you like City Politics and American Politics. We took Dallas City Tour and stopped at this museum for 30 min. visiting the most important halls - highly recommended!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Nicely remodeled, but left me with questions. Seems like the stories behind pictures just didn't do the pictures justice.

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