Dallas may be home to the largest urban arts district in the United States, but the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) is known for a number of memorable museums. Whether you’re into art, history, science, you’ll find the perfect museum with exhibits old and new for you to experience.
Located in the center of downtown, the Dallas Museum of Art is the home to more than 23,000 works from across five continents and 5,000 years of human history. DMA exhibitions vary throughout the year, but some most notable are Chagall: Beyond Color (2013) and Jack Pollock: Blind Spots (2016). Visitors can look forward to such upcoming events as Iriving Penn: Beyond Beauty (April 2016), Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt (October 2016), and Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail (November 2016).
Unique to the DFW area, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building, formerly the Texas School Book Depository, from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Visitors can see photographs, videos, artifacts, and model displays documenting the tragic event. You can even see the exact window in which Oswald sat and view the white “X” outside where the President was assassinated. Can’t go and visit? Check out their online collections, featuring memorable photographs, art, and oral histories surrounding JFK.
The Perot Museum is home to 11 permanent exhibit halls covering a variety of science topics, such as the Moody Family Children’s Museum, Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, and the Discovering Life Hall. There’s also The Hoglund Foundation Theater: A National Geographic Experience hosting a number of 3D movies about space, sea monsters, tiny giants, and coming soon National Parks Adventure and Flying Monsters. Even the outside of the building tells a story, as the plinth roof is covered in native Texas plants.
Founded in 1984, this museum focuses on a single day during the Holocaust—April 19, 1943. Visitors can walk around the museum listening to audio guides as they experience photographs, newspapers, survivor stories, and artifacts surrounding that fateful day, as well as the first European box car brought to the United States, which is believed to have transported Jews to concentration camps. The museum inspires reflection in all its visitors as they get a raw look into one of the most tragic moments in world history.
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is the perfect place for art lovers. The Kimbell has been known for its famous artist collections, presenting masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland (2015), the Musée d’Orsay (2014), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2013). Currently visitors can experience unique exhibitions such as Monet: The Early Years, through January 2017, and Titian’s The Entombment of Christ, on loan from the Museo del Prado, Madrid, until June 2016. Visitors to experience some of the world’s masterpieces without ever leaving home.