DFW Tours! Art in Dallas and Fort Worth. What to see and what to do.
The DFW area understands the love of art and makes its collections available free of charge. Art elevates the soul and defines a culture.
Clearly, Fort Worth is more magnaminous in this regard than Dallas, although the African American Museum in Fair Park is always free! In Fort Worth the Amon Carter Museum, The Sid Richardson Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum are always free. Take the Trinity Rail Express to Fort Worth, children love riding ‘the train.’
Whether you are backpackers from another country or parents with young children on a limited budget, the art of Dallas and Fort Worth is not denied to you. There is no more wonderful place to watch the sunset than from the McDermott Terrace at the Meadows Museum at SMU. The campus is filled with wonderful fountains and ancient oaks and the Meadows Museum opens its doors free of charge one evening a week, Thursdays after five o’clock p.m.
Fair Park is hauntingly beautiful and is easily accessible with a DART stop at the park. Pack a lunch and plenty of fluids. Spend the day.
The underlying reality is that cost is not a barrier to experiencing the magnificent art of the area. All the museums are closed on Mondays and major holidays. All locations are Dart Accessible.
For Parents and Grandparents:
Heritage Village, just east of downtown Dallas, features scheduled activities portraying the history of the region. When the temperature is over ninety degrees and moving up to 100 degrees these activities are too hot for children.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday*, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Late Night Fridays (third Friday of the month, excluding December), the Museum is open until midnight.
First Tuesday of each month is Free although special ticket prices may apply to exhibitions
Thursday Nights, 5–9 p.m.
|Joint Ticket with the DMA
Free on First Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Unless there is a special event such as the third Friday late night or the Thursday evening Jazz, the hours of the DMA are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Always free. Always great!
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00pm
Monday and Sunday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays until 9:00 p.m.
Complimentary admission on Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Meadows Museum members and children under the age of 12 are admitted free.
Be sure to see the SMU Mustang sculpture.
Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.
There is a charge for special exhibitions. Half-price exhibition admission is offered on Tuesdays (all day) and on Fridays from 5–8 p.m.
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
The Amon Carter Museum is always free.
The Sid Richardson Museum is always free.
The Museum is free on the first Sunday of every month and half price every Wednesday.
Access to the Lobby, Café Modern, and The Modern Shop is always free.
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Arboretum is not accessible via light rail, though there is a bus stop very near by:
DART: GARLAND @ LAKELAND – N – FS (#16881) It is the Garland at Lakeland Stop.
Botanic Garden grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Senior Citizens and
Students 13-18: $4.00
Students 5-12: $3.00
Children under 5: Free
Tuesday – Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Enjoy Dallas. There is so much to do here!
Fair Park is working on an AT&T Cell Phone Tour. With your mobile or smart phone, you will be able to take a self-guided walking tour while listening to short stories about 70 historic, artistic, or quirky discoveries in Fair Park. The largest collection of art deco exposition buildings in the world is located at Fair Park.
You can also explore Fair Park’s highlights by taking their architectural walking tours.
The Dallas Arboretum consists of 66 acres located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake. The Jonsson Color Garden features more than 2,000 varieties of azaleas, there are over 30 varieties of ferns in the Palmer Fern Dell, and over 200,000 flowers bloom during the festival periods.
The Dallas Museum of Art, The African American Museum, and noted sculptor of the Freedmen Cemetery, David Newton, represent the strong commitment of the Dallas Arts Community honoring the African American Heritage. The Fair Park African American Museum architecture is dramatic and is capped by a rotunda with a sixty foot dome. The four galleries which radiate from the rotunda represent Africa’s quadrants.
African American Heritage in Dallas
The Kimbell has been called, “One of the country’s (if not the world’s) top small museums.” The Modern Museum of Fort Worth is a sparkling jewel designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and second in size only to the Museum of Modern Art in New York among museums dedicated to contemporary and modern art. The Amon Carter possesses the finest and most complete collection of works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two giants of Western art, as well as a major photography collection with works by Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Elliot Porter, Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, and many others. The Collection includes a new Mary Cassat and important contemporary paintings by Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, and Stuart Davis.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens are comprised of a lush 109-acre park includes 23 specialty gardens. See the Japanese Gardens, the historical rose garden, and the conservatory.
The Meadows Museum located on the SMU campus, houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The museum supports their core collection with expansive and broad exhibitions from other geographic regions. Walk over to Styker Plaza and lunch at Kuby’s, my favorite place or enjoy Tex Mex, barbecue and many other options.
> Lee Oswald’s Steps and Life. Follow the eighty minutes of Oswald’s return go Oak Cliff before his apprehension at the Texas Theater. View the Book Depository and Sixth Floor Museum. Lunch at Campisi’s Egyptian Room, reputedly a mob favorite and the food just happens to be delicious as well. Wonderful 50′s decor, unchanged.
Cowboy Stadium is filled with art. Explore not only the art but the nooks and crannies of this grand stadium. Stepping into this venue is an undeniably uplifting experience. The architecture has been defined as the greatest stadium architecture in existence today. You should book your tour ahead of time, however. This is an incredibly busy venue. When the Cowboys are not on the field, you can tour the field as well.
Firefighter’s Museum of Dallas – near Fair Park!
Heard Museum and Sanctuary
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (has tours)
Neiman Marcus and Zodiac Room – Downtown Dallas
Windmill Stables and Nature Preserve
West End Historical District in Dallas – kind of a tourist trap
Visit regional festivals and events! A sample of these events include:
Tejas Storytelling Festival – MARCH 2-4, 2012, Denton, TX
Trinity River Audubon Center – opens the Great Trinity Forest on its 6,000 acre site. This is the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.
Cedar Ridge Preserve – encompasses 633 acres located on the White Rock Escarpment. Audubon Dallas manages the preserve. There are ten marked trails. Located thirty minutes south of central Dallas.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center – includes 270 acres of wildlife habitat for some endangered species and plant life.
—— Lee Ann- DFW Tours! What to See in Dallas and Fort Worth --