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Old Red Museum
Type: Architecture, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Built in 1892, the Old Red Museum is housed in a magnificent Romanesque-style building that served as the Dallas County Courthouse from 1892 until 1966. The museum itself is located on the second... Read More
Built in 1892, the Old Red Museum is housed in a magnificent Romanesque-style building that served as the Dallas County Courthouse from 1892 until 1966. The museum itself is located on the second floor and is comprised of four galleries, each focused on a specific time period in the city's history. Here you'll find over 1,000 artifacts, ranging from a Civil War-era dragoon pistol to a World War I-era gas mask and handcuffs worn by Lee Harvey Oswald. There is also an interactive children's area featuring touch-screen kiosks and reproduction period clothing for kids to try on. Fun fact: the building appeared in director Brian de Palma's 1974 cult classic, Phantom of the Paradise.
- Daily 9am-5pm
- Adult $8; Senior $6; Student $5
- Downtown Dallas' Best Attractions: "Admission is only $7 ($10 regularly) for tickets purchased before noon on Sundays. VisitDallas also offers a buy one, get one free admission coupon on its website."
- Best for Downtown Dallas' Best Attractions Because: The Old Red Museum offers visitors of all ages a unique glimpse into Dallas' past and present.
- Attractions near American Airlines Center: "This is the perfect museum for out-of-town visitors who want to learn about the history of Dallas."
- Best for Attractions near American Airlines Center Because: The Old Red Museum makes the perfect pre-game stop for history lovers.