Dallas Museums: Discover Art, Culture, History and Nature in Big D

Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Dallas features a wide variety of museums, including several art museums, a ton of historical museums, and museums perfect for visiting with children.

Choose from many different types of museums in Dallas that fit your group's interests and time limits. If you want to spend an entire day in one of Dallas' museums, visit the popular Dallas Museum of Art, which features many permanent collections, as well as international exhibits.

Traveling with the kids? No problem! Take them to the interactive Perot Museum of Nature and Science which features an IMAX theater and a children's museum perfect for kids between the ages of 2 and 6. If you're traveling with a history buff, you can't miss the magnificent Sixth Floor Museum, which documents the Kennedy assassination. Other historical museums include the African American Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Old Red Museum and the Museum of the American Railroad.

Many Dallas-area museums offer free admission year-round or on specific days of the month to fit every travelers' budget. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Dallas.

Old Red Museum
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This exquisite Romanesque revival-style structure, first erected in the 1890's, offers a unique look at Dallas history. The museum's mission to educate and inspire visitors on the "rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history...  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

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

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
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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

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

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

George W. Bush Presidential Center
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The George W. Bush Presidential Center is the home of the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and the Bush Institute. Visitors can gain access to a wide variety of official records and artifacts from the Bush presidential term, including more...  Read More

Dallas Museum of Art
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Located in Downtown Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art features a broad collection of art that embraces everything from modern sculptures to classic European paintings. It also has many international exhibits, such as the Ancient American Art...  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

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, located at historic Dealey Plaza in the former Texas School Book Depository building, examines the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The impressive collection at the Sixth Floor Museum...  Read More


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