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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.

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