Top 5: Museums in Dallas

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 28, 2019

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Dallas has never been known as a cultural hot spot in the United States. But locals know the sprawling city has plenty going for it if you know where to look. Check out these museums that highlight Dallas’ vibrant history.


Old Red Museum

The Old Red Museum was once a courthouse, built in 1892. Today, the bright red sandstone structure houses a variety of architectural features, including terracotta serpents, stained glass windows and a clock tower. It also showcases pre-Texas history straight through to present-day Dallas.


Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum is Southern Methodist University’s on-campus museum and contains the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Exhibits range from little-known sculptures from Eduardo Chillida to masterpieces by Picasso and Goya.


Dallas Contemporary Museum

The Dallas Contemporary Museum is a non-traditional museum that commissions works from emerging local artists. The exhibits rotate regularly, so you never see the same thing twice. They also host “Chit Chat” sessions where guests can talk with the artists in person.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science highlights advancements in technological, scientific studies and the natural world. Some of the permanent exhibits focus on instrument and innovation, and a “Being Human” hall. The in-house movie theater plays exclusively National Geographic films, and the museum hosts a range of kid-friendly art and camping programs.


George W. Bush Presidential Museum

The George W. Bush Presidential Museum highlights one of America’s most turbulent and divisive eras. No matter your political stance, you’ll be intrigued by the insights gathered in the exhibits that replicate rarely seen areas in the White House. The museum also dedicated half of its exhibits to the country’s First Ladies.



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