AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM— The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African-American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It also has one of the largest African-American folk art collections in the United States. www.aamdallas.org. 3536 Grand Ave., 214.565.9026.
AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART— This historic Fort Worth museum, founded by the late Amon G. Carter, is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of American art in all of its varied forms. The location offers permanent and traveling exhibitions, educational programs and teaching resources. www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.738.1933.
ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART— Located in an art moderne, 1950s, former department-store building with a two-story expansive open gallery, the AMA is the anchor of a revitalized downtown Arlington. Its revolving exhibitions feature cutting-edge contemporary works, often tackling difficult themes. Admission is free. www.arlingtonmuseum.com. 201 W. Main St., Arlington, 817.275.4600.
DALLAS CONTEMPORARY— Dallas Contemporary presents art in a space that inspires artists and fans alike. With a mission to inspire the community, it also showcases the best of contemporary art from around the world. www.dallascontemporary.org. 161 Glass St., 214.821.2522.
DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM— Opened in 1984 by a group of Holocaust survivors, this center includes artifacts (among them a Belgian boxcar used to transport Jewish people), photographs, documentaries and videotapes made by local survivors, a memorial room and a library. www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org. 211 N. Record St., 214.741.7500.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART— The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. DMA offers free general admission every day to its collections. www.dma.org. 1717 N. Harwood St., 214.922.1200.
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY— This museum has it all. Boasting a recent renovation and expansion, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History houses interactive exhibits that explore everything from dinosaurs and energy to cattle ranching and the galaxy. Make sure to see a show in the Omni IMAX Theater or the Noble Planetarium. www.fwmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.255.9300.
GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER— Establishing itself as one of the largest and most important museum openings in recent memory in Dallas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center has received much acclaim for both its handsome architecture and continued devotion to liberty. The center boasts a 226,000-square-foot space
that covers more than 15 acres of scenic urban park on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. One hallmark of the center is the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which reveals a snapshot of American presidency and a location for official records and artifacts from Bush’s time in office. www.bushcenter.org. 2943 SMU Blvd., 214.200.4300.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM— This beautiful museum in the heart of the Fort Worth Museum District is a strong anchor with exceptional exhibits. The museum’s holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including masterpieces from Fra Angelico and Caravaggio to Cezanne and Matisse, and is one of only two institutions in the Southwest with a substantial collection of Asian arts. This museum also isn’t afraid to take risks with experimental exhibitions. Admission to the permanent collection is free. www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817.332.8451.
MEADOWS MUSEUM— The centerpiece of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the Meadows Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Spanish art including works by Velazquez, Ribera, Zurbaran, El Greco, Murillo, Goya, Miro and Picasso. www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org. 5900 Bishop Blvd., 214.768.2516.
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH— Housed in a Tadao Ando-designed building that seems to float on water, The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the central United States. It consists of more than 3,000 works, including pieces by Anselm Kiefer, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and more. It also houses a splendid cafe that boasts farm-to-table fare. www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817.738.9215.
MUSEUM OF GEOMETRIC AND MADI ART— The museum houses a collection of 20th and 21stcentury geometric art beginning with a 1917 Popova, continuing through the MADI movement begun by Carmelo Arden Quin in Argentina in 1945 and including many other South American artists. European and Japanese artists from the 20th century, as well as contemporary American, New Zealand, and Islamic geometric artists, are represented in the museum. Admission is free. www.geometricmadimuseum.org. 3109 Carlisle St., 214.855.7802.
NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER— Nasher Sculpture Center is a world-class museum showcasing the contemporary sculpture collection of renowned philanthropist and art collector Raymond Nasher. The Nasher contains more than 300 works from around the world, displayed throughout the interior galleries and outdoor garden, including Gauguin and Picasso. www.nashersculpturecenter.org. 2001 Flora St., 214.242.5100.
NATIONAL COWBOYS OF COLOR— This diverse and exciting museum offers patrons the opportunity to appreciate the “true and historical perspective” on the men and women who shaped the American West. The museum also plays host to special events and rodeos. www.cowboysofcolor.org. 3400 Mount Vernon Ave., 817.534.8801.
NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME— This is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West. Interactive exhibit galleries feature more than 5,000 artifacts and 2,500 photographs that tell the stories of a diverse group of women such as artist Maria Marti-
nez and country music legend Patsy Cline. Also find three theaters, a retail store and a grand rotunda housing the Hall of Fame. www.cowgirl.net. 1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.336.4475.
NATIONAL SCOUTING MUSEUM— This 53,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art museum chronicles the history of the Boy Scouts of America. It features the most scout-related art in the world at the Norman Rockwell art gallery, activity-badge workshops, hands-on learning stations, interactive exhibits, animatronics, virtual adventures, a laser shooting gallery, a full-service scout shop and much more. www.bsamuseum.org. 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, 800.303.3047. 972.580.2100.
NATIONAL VIDEOGAME MUSEUM— An ode to all things Atari, Nintendo, Sega and beyond, the National Videogame Museum celebrates the past, present and future of the gaming industry with rare artifacts and prototypes, interactive exhibits, a classic arcade and more. www.nvmusa.org. Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, 972.668.8400.
OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY & CULTURE— Beginning as a 10x10 log cabin and surviving four fires, The Old Red Museum is a Dallas landmark in and of itself. Inside, you can view one of the many exhibitions dedicated to the rich culture and history of Dallas County. www.oldred.org. 100 S. Houston St., 214.745.1100.
PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE— This museum offers exciting and interactive exhibits for the young and old alike. It houses permanent and traveling exhibits that are both enlightening and inspiring, and promises to bring the youthful wonderment out in everyone. Race a T-Rex, battle robots, report the weather, gaze at rare gems and see a tornado in action. The environmentally friendly building houses free Wi-Fi, a gourmet cafe, educational programs and a 300-seat multimedia theater. The museum also hosts events in the evening exclusively for adults. Check website for dates and details. www.perotmuseum.org. 2201 N. Field St., 214.428.5555.
SID RICHARDSON MUSEUM— This informative locale offers visitors a varied assortment of Western art collections and was founded by Texas oilman Sid Richardson. The museum has been open for more than two decades and draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 309 Main St., Fort Worth, 817.332.6554.
THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM— The former schoolbook depository, which allegedly served as the perch for Lee Harvey Oswald’s shooting of President John F. Kennedy, has been transformed into a fascinating, in-depth museum chronicling the life and legacy of JFK. www.jfk.org. 411 Elm St., 214.747.6660.
THE TRAMMELL AND MARGARET CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART— An unparalleled collection of almost 700 masterworks from China, Japan, India and Tibet, the Crow is an aweinspiring gem in the Dallas Arts District. Explore the first floor’s Samurai displays and special exhibitions, then explore the museum’s mesmerizing permanent collection (including some of the finest carved jade pieces in North America) upstairs. Admission to the Crow Collection is always free. www.crowcollection.com. 2010 Flora St., 214.979.6430.