10 Awesome Museums for Families to Explore in the Dallas Area

If taking the family on an outing to the museum doesn’t elicit enthusiasm, never fear–the Dallas area boasts a range of kid-friendly museums with interactive, innovative and exciting exhibitions that are guaranteed to change their preconceptions.

First on your list should include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a six-level architectural wonder featuring everything from massive dinosaurs and geodes to an earthquake simulator and a virtual ride down into a gas well.

Located within walking distance of the Perot is the Dallas Museum of Art, offering one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the nation. Don’t worry about the kids getting bored, the museum keeps them entertained with hands-on activities and a variety of family-friendly programs.

Ever wondered what it was like to be in a room filled with millions of dollars? Then take the family over to Fort Worth for a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It’s one of only two locations in the world that is responsible for the design, engraving, and printing of all U.S. currency.

And top honors for the metroplex’s coolest museum go to the National Videogame Museum, which as you might guess, pays tribute to the videogame industry. The best part? Not only can you see one of the most comprehensive collection of videogames here, but you can play many of them too.

If you think these spots sound inspiring, then read on for a list of all the family-friendly museums you will want to check out right now.

George W. Bush Presidential Center
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There are only thirteen (soon to be fourteen) presidential libraries scattered across the United States and Texas is fortunate enough to be home to three of them, one of which is the 226,000-square-foot George W. Bush Presidential Library and...  Read More

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
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For families looking for an urban escape, this scenic wildlife sanctuary and natural science museum hits the mark. Set on 289-acres in McKinney Texas (around 30 miles north of downtown Dallas), the Heard boasts 6.5 miles of nature trails, a...  Read More

Play Street Museum
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While plenty of area museums feature activities for children, the Play Street Museum (with multiple locations throughout the metroplex) is one of the only places that's purposefully designed for kids ages eight and under. With everything from...  Read More

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
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This living history village, located in one of the city's oldest parks on the southeastern edge of downtown-- allows visitors to experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The village is comprised of...  Read More

Dallas Museum of Art
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The sprawling 370,000-square-foot Dallas Museum of Art, designed by New York architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, houses one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the nation. And not only can your family check out masterpieces by...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
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Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas' Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world. In addition to...  Read More

Frontiers of Flight Museum
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Located in a 100,000-square-foot airplane hangar at Love Field Airport, this Smithsonian affiliate is a must-visit for aviation buffs of all ages. The museum is home to over 35,000 artifacts showcased in 13 galleries detailing the history of...  Read More

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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You may know where the buck stops, but if you're wondering where it starts, then head over to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility (AKA the Money Factory), located on the northern edge of Fort Worth. It is the only...  Read More

National Videogame Museum
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This is one museum parents won't have to convince the kids to go to. Situated inside the Frisco Discovery Center, the NVM is a veritable retro gamer's nirvana–dedicated solely to the history of the videogame industry. The brainchild of three...  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
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Whether you're a science buff or just have a curious mind, the world-class Perot Museum offers a treasure trove of goodies that are certain to fascinate visitors of any age. Opened in 2012, this stunning 180,000-square-foot architectural gem,...  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene