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Best Museums In Dallas

January 11, 2011 2:30 PM

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(credit: visitdallas.com)

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Crowds of people from all over the globe travel to Dallas each year to see the city’s expanding collection of cultural and historical artifacts and artwork. North Texas is home to hundreds of thousands of pieces that span 1.7 billion years of human history. In many cases, even the buildings that house these works are to be marveled. From architecture designed by award-winning artists to the hallowed grounds of our city’s most infamous moment, Dallas is one of the best places to experience both history, culture and the arts.

The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza

411 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
214-747-6660
www.jfk.org

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

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.

Dallas Museum Of Art

1717 North Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-922-1200
www.dm-art.org

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

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 instituions 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.

Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-242-5100
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

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

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.

The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection Of Asian Art

2010 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-979-6430
www.crowcollection.com

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

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.

Museum Of Nature & Science

1318 South Second Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-428-5555
www.natureandscience.org

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

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.

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