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June 6, 2014
10 best museums in dallas

PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 428-5555
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas’ newest museum. It is the combination of three already-established museums, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas Children’s Museum and the Science Place. This new museum is conveniently located near the Arts District and Klyde Warren Park along Woodall Rogers Freeway, between Downtown and Uptown. Opening its doors for the first time on December 1, 2012, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science features a wide variety of exhibits and activities perfect for the whole family, including an IMAX theater; an outdoor plaza; a one-acre science park with water features, giant leap frogs and musical instruments; and a Texas-inspired landscape design. Visitors are greeted by a Malawisaurus dinosaur fossil and “dancing water” molecule exhibit in the museum’s lobby. 
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
1717 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-1200
Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Late Night Fridays: third Friday of every month, except December, museum open until 12:00am
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Adults: $10.00
Seniors (age 65 and over): $7.00
Military: $7.00
Students: $5.00
Kids (age 12 and under): Free
First Tuesday of Every Month: Free
Located in Downtown Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art features a broad collection of art that embraces everything from modern sculptures to classic European paintings. It also has many international exhibits, such as the Ancient American Art collection that features masks from the Olmec culture. If classic art is more your thing, check out Impressionist works by masters like Edouard Manet and Paul Gauguin.
The Dallas Museum of Art features more than 23,000 items spanning 5,000 years of creativity. It is the only place in North Texas to find works from all cultures across all time periods. Founded in 1903, the museum is seen by more than 600,000 visitors each year and ranks among the leading art institutions in the country. The museum has become known nationally for its pieces from ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, South Asia and beyond. Locally, visitors can enjoy two on-site restaurants and live music on Thursday nights.
MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
3535 Grand Ave
Nature Building
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 428-5555
Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Labor Day 10:00am-6:00pm
Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve 10:00am-3:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Adults: $10.00
Students (age12-17): $9.00
Kids (age 2-11): $7.00
Kids (age 2 and under): Free
Seniors (age 62 and older): $9.00
Chock full of amazing artifacts and exhibits, the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas mesmerizes visitors as it allows them to explore geology, natural history, space, the human body and more. Along with informative exhibits and interactive displays, the facility features an IMAX theater and a planetarium, where dramatic, beautifully-rendered shows bring the wonders of the world closer. The children’s museum within the MNS ensures that young folks are happily engaged, as well.
The Museum of Nature & Science combines several institutions into one package, creating an exciting and inspiring family destination located at Fair Park in Dallas. The Nature Building includes more than 200,000 geological artifacts and animal specimens covering 1.7 billion years of Earth history. The Science Building includes more than 200 interactive exhibits dealing with physics, astronomy, health, robotics and nature. Plus, for additional charges, the site features a high-tech Planetarium and 323-seat IMAX theater showing education films.
SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA
411 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-6660
Monday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
Adults: $13.50
Seniors (age 65 and over): $12.50
Youth (age 6-18): $12.50
Kids (age 0-5): Free
The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, located at historic Dealey Plaza in the former Texas School Book Depository building, examines the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Its impressive collection includes nearly 400 photographs, interviews, artifacts, interpretive displays and award-winning videos that chronicle the historic chain of events preceding his assassination on November 22, 1963. After a contemplative walk-through, you’ll want to be sure to visit the museum store for keepsakes.
More than six million visitors from around the world have traveled to this downtown Dallas historical site to learn more about the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Opened in 1989, the museum boasts a growing collection of 35,000 items including rare artifacts, key documents, original photographs and film footage from eyewitnesses. Housed inside the Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have fired his fatal shots, this landmark provides a chilling look the life, death and legacy of America’s 35th President.
NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
2001 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 242-5100
Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Adults: $10.00
Seniors (age 65 and over): $7.00
Military: $7.00
Students: $5.00
Kids (age 12 and under): Free
First Saturday of Every Month: Free
Located just across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a carefully-planned indoor/outdoor museum in downtown Dallas. The fabulous collection features many works by greats like Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Joan Miró —- and the list goes on and on. This is a perfect outing for art lovers of all ages.
With more than 300 works of art from the late 19th Century to present day, the Nasher Sculpture Center is considered one of the world’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary pieces, and is the world’s first museum dedicated to such works. Among the pieces on display are mini-retrospectives of artists like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and David Smith. In addition to the intimate indoor pieces, a sculpture garden features monumental outdoor works and a café by Wolfgang Puck. Join the museum on Saturday nights for live music.
CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART
2010 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 979-6430
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Free Admission
Travel the globe for free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where more than 500 artworks dating from 3500 BC to the early 20th century serve as portals into the captivating cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Lovely and serene, the two-level museum showcases the private collection of founders Trammell and Margaret Crow, enabling visitors to wander amongst ancient Chinese jades, Buddhist sculpture, Japanese screen paintings, delicate fans and intricately carved Indian architecture.
With popular restaurants below and corporate offices above, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is a place of peace, beauty and spirituality located in the heart of a bustling building, in one of the nation’s largest cities. The museum is divided into four distinct sections. The first features at scrolls, screens and ceramics from Japan. The second looks at jade treasures and pieces from imperial China. The third section highlights the art of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet and Nepal. The fourth ever-changing section celebrates the future of art in Asia. And best of all, visitors can explore this museum for free.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
3536 Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-9026
HOURS:
Tue-Fri 11am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Boasting fascinating exhibits like “Face of the Rising Sun,” this is one of the leading art museums in Dallas, Texas. The African American Museum affords a truly enlightening experience, and its multi-million-dollar facilities make up one of Fair Park’s newer complexes. Permanent exhibits highlight the lives of African Americans via historical and cultural representations, while rotating exhibits expound upon important themes, people and movements. The museum also houses the United States’ largest folk art collection.
DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM/CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND TOLERANCE
211 N. Record St.
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 741-7500
HOURS:
Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm
Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
This downtown museum focuses on preserving the memory of the Holocaust, as well as teaching the moral and ethical responses to prejudice and hate. It features self-guided audio tours and a wide variety of memorabilia from the Holocaust. It was founded by a group of local Holocaust survivors who are sometimes available to answer questions and give personal accounts of their experiences in concentration camps. 
DALLAS FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM
3801 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 821-1500
From horse-drawn steam pumps dating to 1884 to modern motor-powered equipment, this museum’s holdings present a fascinating glimpse into history. The museum houses valuable firefighting equipment and chronicles the history of battling blazes. The facility is also located in a 1907 fire station, which adds a nice note of authenticity. Spend part of a pleasant afternoon observing the displays, and don’t forget to check out the souvenir merchandise available.
OLD RED MUSEUM
100 S Houston St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 745-1100
HOURS:
Daily 9am-5pm

This exquisite Romanesque revival-style structure, first erected in the 1890’s, offers a unique look at Dallas history. The museum’s mission to educate and inspire visitors on the “rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County Area” comes to life as you wander among turrets, ornate gargoyles and stunning walls of red sandstone and grey granite. Be sure to check the schedule for detailed exhibit info before you visit!

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