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Museum Guide to Dallas

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Dallas has one of most prominent, best funded, and highly appreciated art scenes in America. As such, the city boasts world-class museums, architecturally stunning performance halls and venue spaces, and a wealth of events and activities throughout the year. For travelers looking for places that teach as much as they entertain, Dallas is a winner! Here’s a look at some of the most popular museums and places where you can appreciate all that this creative city has to offer.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Dallas Arts District

Neighborhoods

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Art Museums

Dallas Museum of Art

Art Museums

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Specialty Museums

Meadows Museum

Art Museums

Nasher Sculpture Center

Art Museums, Gardens

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Specialty Museums

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Specialty Museums

Chris O's City Tips

  • The sunny, hot climes means that you should make sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of sunscreen for your days out.
  • Public transportation is great, with excellent DART service to and from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and a good network of buses and trolleys going to all the major sights.
  • Many of the major cultural attractions in Dallas are free to visit.
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    Dallas Arts District
    Neighborhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    The country’s largest urban arts district is also one of its finest. A baker’s dozen of cultural institutions beckons art lovers, fans of live performance, and folks simply looking for a pleasant place to take a stroll. Venues include (this list is a doozy!) the Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, and many more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A smart way to ensure that you see the main highlights of the district is to book a tour, held on the first and third Saturdays of each month (at 10am). Private tours are also available.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see!!!!!!!! 08/11/2018
    • Highlight of the Downtown Area! 07/25/2018
    • Dallas Arts District
    Address:
    Flora Street
    Dallas, TX 75201
    Phone:
    +1 214-953-1977
    Other:
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    Crow Collection of Asian Art
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Crow Collection offers an impressive array of Asian art from 3500 BC to the early 20th century, as well as cutting edge temporary exhibitions. The museum opened to the public in 1998 as a gift to the people of Dallas from Trammel and Margaret Crow, who began traveling to and collecting art from Asia during 1960s.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is always free.
    • The Crow Collection is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Three Starts Until October 07/08/2018
    • Beautiful but small art collection 06/24/2018
    • Crow Collection of Asian Art
    Address:
    2010 Flora St
    Dallas, TX 75201-2335
    Phone:
    +1 214-979-6430
    Other:
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    Dallas Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Dallas Museum of Art, founded in 1903, features everything from ancient Mediterranean artifacts to an excellent collection of contemporary art and design items. Be sure to look for sculptures by Degas and Rodin, as well as paintings by Renoir, Manet, Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • General admission is free.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays and on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    • The Museum is open until midnight the third Friday of each month, except for December.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top Ten Museum! 08/12/2018
    • Family favorite this trip 08/08/2018
    • Dallas Museum of Art
    Address:
    1717 N Harwood St
    Dallas, TX 75201-2398
    Phone:
    +1 214-922-1200
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Frontiers of Flight Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Frontiers of Flight Museum tells the story of aviation from its earliest days to the present, with special focus paid to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and its role as the 'Aviation Capital of the World.' Many of the aircraft and space vehicles (!) were designed and built in North Texas.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open daily, except for major holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Frontiers of Flight Museum 07/29/2018
    • Ok 07/25/2018
    • Frontiers of Flight Museum
    Address:
    6911 Lemmon Ave
    Dallas, TX 75209-3603
    Phone:
    +1 214-350-1651
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Meadows Museum
    Art Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Meadows Museum of Art, aka the 'Prado on the Prairie,' specializes in Spanish art with a focus on the Golden Age, from the 1550s to the 18th century. It includes masterpieces and major works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya, Miró, Sorolla, and Picasso.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays, as well as Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely collection of Spanish art 06/17/2018
    • Go on Thursday night 05/17/2018
    • Meadows Museum
    Address:
    5900 Bishop Blvd
    Dallas, TX 75205
    Phone:
    +1 214-768-2516
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Nasher Sculpture Center
    Art Museums, Gardens
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    Chris O Says:

    At Nasher Sculpture Center, you'll see more than 300 indoor and outdoor sculptures — including works by modern talents such as Rodin, Calder, de Kooning, Giacometti, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, and Serra — in a beautiful and easy-to-reach downtown location. In addition to the great art, Nasher is a draw for its terraced restaurant and the unique gifts at its Nasher Store.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Center is closed Mondays, as well as Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
    • Admission is free every first Saturday of the month.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thoroughly enjoy this short artistic diversion in downtown Dallas 08/14/2018
    • Not our thing 07/24/2018
    • Nasher Sculpture Center
    Address:
    2001 Flora St
    Dallas, TX 75201-2336
    Phone:
    +1 214-242-5100
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    Specialty Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science features a range of fascinating hands-on exhibitions and activities to ensure that kids — and the curious of all ages — have a great time combining fun with education.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Perot Museum has extended opening hours on the first Thursday of each month.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t miss this Museum 08/14/2018
    • No Visit to Dallas is Complete Without Visiting the Perot Museum 08/12/2018
    • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    Address:
    2201 N Field St
    Dallas, TX 75201-1704
    Phone:
    +1 214-428-5555
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
    Specialty Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    Located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository), where Lee Harvey Oswald took aim and assassinated the President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Sixth Floor Museum dives into this crucial event that rocked the U.S. Visitors can explore not only the circumstances and conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, but also learn about Kennedy's presidency and legacy.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make time to visit nearby Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy’s motorcade passed as he was shot.
    • Tickets are timed in 30-minute increments, and they sometimes sell out. It's wise to reserve your tickets online in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 262 things to do in Dallas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sobering and Fascinating 08/13/2018
    • For the price, it is still a good value. A top notch museum. 08/12/2018
    • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
    Address:
    411 Elm St
    Dallas, TX 75202-3301
    Phone:
    +1 214-747-6660
    Price range:
    $16 - $16
    Hours:
    Mon
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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