Museums in Dallas

Believe it or not, the city of Dallas is just rife with cultural and educational museums that offer visitors a chance to explore the way the world was, the way it can be and the beauty that exists within it. Use the following guide to find a Dallas museum that will give you the experience you’re looking for.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dallas has earned the moniker of Aviation Capital of the World so it’s a very fitting location for the Frontiers of Flight Museum. In the museum you can explore the progression of aviation from some of the earliest pioneers through today’s space explorations. There are a few areas of this museum that really do justice to the era they are looking to explore, the Lighter than Air collection and their World War II exhibits. Lighter than Air gives you an in depth look at what we now refer to as blimps, but in their heyday these flying balloons were so much more. The WWII exhibit is bound to give you a deeper understanding of the pilots and he planes of that time. If you’re coming with little ones, check the schedule to see if a special educational program is being offered. The flight museum is actively engaging the youth in aviation with several programs throughout the year.

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is literally packed with significant cultural pieces. The permanent collection has specimens from ancient Mediterranean to contemporary era. And the painting and sculpture area is always popular with masterpieces from Monet, Gauguin, Mondrian and Rodin. In addition to the permanent collection a variety of touring exhibits regularly frequent the museum. Until spring of 2009 the King Tut exhibit will reside in the Dallas Museum of Art. This is a remarkable exhibit and should be visited if your trip coincides with the tour. If you’re looking for a day at the museum with a little value added entertainment, the make sure your visit to the Dallas Museum of Art occurs on a Thursday when local jazz musicians perform in the Atrium at night.

MADI Museum

MADI Museum lifts the spirits by turning the focus on the whimsy and joy found in the simple combination of geometric shapes and brilliant colors. The MADI art movement revels in shapes and colors and gives everyone a unique perspective to everyday items. The entire MADI Museum is built with this concept in mind, elevating your experience with the common into something entirely unexpected. Even a drive by the museum will raise eyebrows but the exhibits inside are sure to lift your spirits and infuse you with a new appreciation of this unexpected art movement.

The Sixth Floor Museum

Unfortunately, Dallas is probably most famous for the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But they city has found a way to commemorate the live of JFK rather than fixate on his death. The Sixth Floor Museum is located on the sixth and seventh floors of what was known as the Texas School Book Depository. This innocuous looking red brick building is where Lee Harvey Oswald hid as he waited for just the right moment to assassinate what was most likely the country’s most popular president. The museum highlights the impact this death had on the country and the world. While two key areas used in evidence against Oswald have been restored to their condition at the time of the crime. This is a self guided tour so spend as much time as you like examining the historical significance of the events that occurred in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.

Museum of Nature & Science

The Dallas Museum of Nature & Science is the unique result of three different museums merging together to become one really incredible museum. In 2006 the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum came together to form the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science. There are so many exhibits to explore you can easily spend more than one day at the museum. The best bet is to pick your favorites and spend the majority of your time there. Choose from the Paleontology Lab, Your Incredible Body, Ice Age Dallas, Ocean Dallas, Texas Dinosaurs, Wildlife Dioramas, Dental Gallery, Little Urban Farm, NetWorks, Astronomy and Space, Mixed Signals Gallery, or the Lagoon Nature Walk. If you’re interested in the museum’s collections you’re in luck as they have just about everything including Birds, Entomology, Live animals, Malacology, Mammals, Mudge Library and Rocks and Minerals. Its three museum experiences rolled into one.

Dallas Firefighter’s Museum

Too often overlooked, firefighters have played a very important role in the history of this country and continue to do so today. The Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is located in one of the city’s oldest remaining fire stations, the 1907 Hook and Ladder Company No. 3 building. The museum’s collection is chock fully of wonderful remnants of the world gone by, as seen through a firefighter’s eyes. Make sure to take note of “Old Tige” and 1884 horse drawn steam pumper, it will give you a new appreciation for the technology of today.

Museum of the American Railroad

Rail buffs have probably already discovered Dallas’s Museum of the American Railroad because it’s lucky enough to boast one of the most comprehensive heavyweight passenger car collections in the United States. In addition to the noted heavyweight passenger cars, new lightweight equipment has been added and the collection of more than 30 pieces of historic railroad equipment makes this one of the biggest and best American Railroad museums around. These large giants of the rail were such an integral part of life in this country, its no wonder that they’re still serving the public in a number of different ways today.

African American Museum

The African American Museum in Dallas gives voice to the history, art and future of African Americans in this country. In addition to providing a place for these artifacts to be displayed, the museum works to expand the understanding of the African American culture, especially in the Dallas area. The museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the displaying artistic, cultural, and historical materials related to African Americans. And it holds one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States. And one of the best things about this museum is it is free to all groups smaller than 10 people. A great way to expand your vision of the world without spending a dime.

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