(Dallas, Texas - TX, USA)
Everything always has to be 'big' in Texas and the selection of museums in Dallas is no exception. Even though the city of Dallas doesn't claim to be among America's oldest or most cultured, it has more than a dozen museums and exhibitions covering art, African American culture, women's achievements, the history of flight and rail transportation, and even collections of art in miniature.
Perhaps the most famous of them all is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, located in the building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy. Here you can learn all about the conspiracy theories that surround one of the greatest political shocks in American history. A number of the other museums are situated within the wonderful Fair Park, on the outskirts of Dallas, making it convenient to visit several in a single day.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Address: Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, 75202-3308, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 747 6660
Perhaps the most famous of the Dallas museums, the Sixth Floor Museum covers the assassination of John F. Kennedy and all of the conspiracy theories that surround this fateful event in American history. Located in the very place Lee Harvey Oswald was alleged to have fired the fatal shot, the Sixth Floor at Dealey Plaza offers excellent interactive tours and takes an in depth look into the larger political arena of the day. Other attractions include commanding views over Dealey Plaza, where the assassination took place.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, children under six free, discounts for seniors
Age of Steam Railroad Museum
Address: 1105 Washington Street, Dallas, 75210, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 428 0101
Located in the enormous Fair Park grounds outside of Dallas, this well maintained outdoor attraction takes you back to the golden age of steam rail. In addition to many superbly restored steam engines, the Age of Steam Railroad Museum features railroad history from all ages of train travel including the world's largest diesel electric locomotive.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: adult charge, children under 12 half price
African American Museum
Address: 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, 75210, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 565 9026
Reputedly the best collection of African American art and folk culture in the southwest, with an excellent display of exhibits in four vaulted galleries, the African American Museum is recognized as a treasury of black heritage and it is the only institution of its kind in Texas.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 12:00 to 17:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, and Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
American Museum of Miniature Arts
Address: 3939 Grand Avenue, Fair Park, Dallas, 75226, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 421 4500
This is one attraction you really can take your kids to, with its delightful displays of everything miniature. The location in Fair Park makes it convenient if you're planning a whole day out with the family or if you'd prefer to keep the kids amused while you visit other museums of your particular interest. There is also a wonderful collection of dolls houses, as well as antique toys.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 5:00, and Sundays - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: Membership charge.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Address: 4572 Claire Chennault Addison, 75001, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 972 380 8800
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum offers guided tours of its impressive collection of vintage aircraft and displays that document America's aviation heritage. Containing an impressive collection of war planes that were used in WWI and WWII, as well as some used in Korea during the 1950s and others used in Vietnam
in the 1960s, the Cavanaugh provides a unique opportunity to see these famous aircraft close up.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00 and Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children between six and 12 years old, children under six are admitted free
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Address: Lemmon Avenue (southeast corner of Love Field Airport), Dallas, 75209, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 350 3600
This relatively young museum has built up a remarkable collection of aircraft and aerospace memorabilia covering 100 years of flight. Displays include the superb 'lighter than air' collection - featuring remains of the great Zeppelin air balloon. Many of the displays focus on the importance of the Dallas / Fort Worth area's Love Field in WWII.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: adult charge, student discount
Meadow's Museum of Art
Address: 5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, 75275, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 768 2516
Administered by the Southern Methodist University's School of Arts, this a popular choice for its interactive displays and support for the arts in Dallas. The Meadow's Museum of Art has one of the greatest collections of Spanish Art outside of Spain, with works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró, and Picasso.
Open hours: Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00, Wednesday to Friday - 11:00 to 20:00, Saturday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: adult charge, discount for members, school tours and students
Dallas Museum of Natural History
Address: 3535 Grand Avenue, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 421 3466
This outstanding cultural gem should not be missed during your stay in this city. Extensive collections on dinosaurs, exhibits of animals, and rocks and minerals all provide visitors to the Dallas Museum of Natural History with a wonderfully informative and educational experience and some fun interactive displays.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for students and seniors, children under three free
Address: 3800 Parry Avenue, Dallas, 75226, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 915 0860
Located in the enormous Fair Park, the Women's Museum is a celebration and study of the important contributions women have made to American society and includes exhibits that cover the women's movement in great detail, as well as women's achievements in the arts, sports, and science, using the fine examples of Eleanor Roosevelt, Barbara Jordan, Georgia O'Keefe, Margaret Mead.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00, closed Mondays.
Admission: adult charge, seniors and children under 13 are half price
Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
Address: 211 North Record Street, Suite 100, Dallas, 75202, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 214 741 7500
Entrance to this museum includes self-guided audio guides in English or Spanish which provide information about the Holocaust. The aim of the center's changing exhibitions is to teach visitors about prejudice and peoples responses to hatred of others. The center also includes a memorial room with wall plaques naming the missing family members of Holocaust survivors living in Dallas.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students, active military and groups of over 15