10 Best Family-Friendly Museums in Dallas: Perfect for Kids and Children at Heart

Looking for a Dallas attraction that will excite your family's minds and spirits? You're in luck - Dallas has a wide variety of family-friendly museums. From art loving clans to families who love to explore nature, Big D is the perfect vacation destination for families with children.

Want to expose your kids to world-class art? Head on over to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Arts District. This popular museum is the home to artists like Manet and Gauguin, and the next-door Nasher Sculpture Center will allow your little ones to explore unconventional art in a fresh air garden. If your family is more into science, they will be delighted by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Dallas' newest addition to the museum scene features an IMAX theater, an outdoor science park and a Malawisaurus dinosaur fossil. It's also right next to Dallas' deck park - Klyde Warren Park - wonderful place to spend an hour or so and picnic with food trucks. 

Little boys in Dallas will love it if you take them to the Dallas Firefighters Museum, where kids can climb on a real hook and ladder truck in the museum. If you have time to take a short trip over to Ft. Worth, you can visit the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, the perfect place to take kids who love airplanes.

Crow Collection of Asian Art
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Travel the globe for free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where more than 500 artworks dating from 3500 BC to the early 20th century serve as portals into the captivating cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Lovely and...  Read More

This downtown museum focuses on preserving the memory of the Holocaust, as well as teaching the moral and ethical responses to prejudice and hate. It features self-guided audio tours and a wide variety of memorabilia from the Holocaust, such as...  Read More

Located in the neighboring city of Ft. Worth, Texas, the American Airlines C.R. Smith museum is well worth the short trip from Dallas! This museum takes visitors on a trip through American Airlines' history, and it features interactive exhibits...  Read More

Located in the North Dallas suburb of McKinney, the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas. It features a wide variety of trails and gardens perfect for your little one...  Read More

Nasher Sculpture Center
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Located just across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a carefully-planned indoor/outdoor museum in downtown Dallas. The Nasher Sculpture Center is a carefully-planned museum in Dallas that seamlessly blends...  Read More

Located up in Frisco, the Texas Sculpture Garden is the largest private collection of contemporary sculptures (made by Texan artists) that is available to the public. It opened in 2001 and features the work of more than 40 prominent Texan...  Read More

Dallas Museum of Art
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As its name might suggest, the Dallas Museum of Art is the number one stop among art museums in Dallas, Texas. Its more than 23,000-item collection embraces everything from European paintings to Pacific Island sculptures, from ancient times to...  Read More

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Kiddie Cousteaus have a fin-tastic time at this colorful aquarium, designed specifically with little ones in mind. Set in beautiful Fair Park, the aquarium features interactive, eye-level exhibits offering pint-sized patrons a perfect view of...  Read More

From horse-drawn steam pumps dating to 1884 to modern motor-powered equipment, this museum's holdings present a fascinating glimpse into history. The museum houses valuable firefighting equipment and chronicles the history of battling blazes....  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas' newest museum. It is the combination of three already-established museums, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas Children's Museum and the The Science Place. This new museum is...  Read More


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