By Jill Krause

You don’t need to be made of money to appreciate the finer things in life, like fine arts. Check out this list of places in the DFW area that will let you get a dose of culture for free.

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The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

2010 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays 9 am. – 10 pm, Friday through Sunday 10 am- 6 pm, closed Mondays.
Admission: Always free. Just because you’re on a tight budget, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a fine collection of art.

This is a collection of art from Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. It’s located in downtown Dallas in the Dallas Arts District. Browse centuries old carved jades and porcelain sculptures, along with modern Tibetan pieces.

Crow Collection After Dark
The art collection is open every 3rd Friday of the month (except in December and January) from 6 pm to midnight. Visitors can enjoy the art on display, along with music, films and more. Admission to this is also free.

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Dallas Museum of Art

1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Friday through Sunday 11 am- 5 pm, closed Mondays, Late Night Fridays (3rd Friday of every month except December) open until midnight
Free Admission: Free to everyone the first Tuesday of each month, free to students and educators with a current school ID Thursday nights from 5-9 pm, children under 12 are always free.
Dallas Museum of Art – CBS Dallas

The Dallas Museum of art, also located in the Dallas Arts District, is free for all the first Tuesday of each month. It features over 24,000 works of art, both ancient and modern.

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North Park Center

8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sundays 12 pm – 6 pm
Admission: Free to window shop and people watch

Okay, so you can get into any mall for free, but the great thing about Northpark is it’s excellent for window-shopping and people-watching, and that doesn’t cost a dime. On top of that, it’s home to it’s own art collection, including a 48 foot tall orange steel sculpture, the Ad Astra. There’s also a 1.4-acre park in the center of the shopping center, touted as an “urban oasis.”

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Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75204
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am- 5 pm, closed Sunday and Monday
Admission: Free all the time (though some special event may require a fee)
Latino Cultural Center – CBS Dallas

The Latino Cultural Center is just east of Downtown Dallas, at the intersection of Central Expressway and Live Oak St.

“The Mission of the Latino Cultural Center is to serve as a regional catalyst for the preservation, development, and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture.”- DallasCulture.og

Take in the rotating Latino art exhibitions and sculptures, housed in the 27,000 square foot facility, that’s also home to classrooms and a 300-seat theater.

Target Second Saturdays
Every second Saturday of the month you can enjoy music, crafts, and bilingual films in addition to all the center has to offer. Admission to this is free.

Jill Krause is a blogger, product ambassador and mother to 2 young children. You can find her humorous take on life as a parent at