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Old Red Museum

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Address: 100 S Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202-3502
Phone Number: 214 571 1300
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Dedicated to the cultural, economic, political and social history of Dallas...

Dedicated to the cultural, economic, political and social history of Dallas County, this museum is housed in the beautifully Old Red Courthouse.

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Old Red Museum

I went to this museum and have been back three times since my first visit. I went with my mom the first time and it was her first visit to Dallas. The second time was with my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went to this museum and have been back three times since my first visit. I went with my mom the first time and it was her first visit to Dallas. The second time was with my brother after his first time visiting. I went with a friend the third time and another friend the last time. The museum is... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My mom and I went to the Old Red museum today. There was so much history that we ran out of time to see all the exhibits. The museum isn't large but it is dense with information. Great exhibit layout. Good coverage of many aspects of early Dallas life, such as education, medicine, transportation, etc. Historical timelines keep perspective relative... More 

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Didn't have time to see the upper levels but visited the information booth. Gayl and Sylvia were so very helpful in guiding me around Dallas. I never once got lost and I want to thank them for their tremendous help. It was a pleasure meeting them.

Thank Huskies74
New Braunfels
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If in downtown Dallas, this is a place you can't miss. Personally I had never heard of it, but I came to do a Volksmarch that started at this location and was amazed at the architecture. Spent a lot of time in the museum on the history of Dallas. Definitely worth a business.

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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 4 separate areas with movie theatre informational video's to introduce you to the information you would see. The 2 movies that we saw were really excellent and I learned many things I did not know about Dallas. Unfortunately 2 of the movies appeared not to be working the day I was there. Some of the displays were interesting... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this really interesting even with a heap of screaming kids visiting at the same time who did spoil the experience because all they were interested in was running around. Other than that would recommend a visit

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a walk thru Dallas history. The entry fee was reasonable. Walking thru history takes time so make sure you have time to go in each room on the 2nd floor. There is an elevator for those with disabilities to use. I was able to take pictures with my camera without any problems. The museum is very clean and... More 

Thank DANA W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have 4 galleries with Dallas County history from founding to present. Great informational videos with each exhibit and lots of artifacts and things. It would take a couple hours to go through everything if you wanted to read and watch it all. They also had a very nice temporary exhibit on Dallas during WWII. There is a small admission... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to downtown Dallas to kill some time before a flight. Our plan was to see the JFK memorial. It was hot and we stopped into the museum. So worth the price of admission. So much history and the staff is friendly. The air conditioning and public bathrooms are a plus.

Thank mitchells207
Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe it is not the best laid out presentation. Maybe it is stretching at times to promote Dallas. But it is worth your time IF you are interested in how Dallas became Dallas. The exhibits are all on one floor which is accessible via elevator for those unable to climb the beautiful staircase. Plan to spend some time walking and... More 

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