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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. Map 2: E-6 AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES CR SMITH MU­SEUM This in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum is much more than your av­er­age “walk-through” type gallery. Per­fect for the lit­tle ones as well as the adults, this trib­ute to all-thingsavi­a­tion al­lows vis­i­tors to “experience” (through movies, sim­u­la­tors and more) all man­ner of items and mem­o­ra­bilia re­lated to the world of flight. The

venue of­fers the Ea­gle Avi­a­tion Academy for 5th8th graders as well as spe­cial ex­hibits and events on se­lect oc­ca­sions. Opened in 1993, the mu­seum is ded­i­cated to Amer­i­can Air­lines pres­i­dent C.R. Smith, who was him­self a pioneer in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, as well as the past and present em­ploy­ees of Amer­i­can Air­lines. www.cr­smith­mu­seum.org. 4601 Hwy. 360 at FAA Rd., Fort Worth, 817.967.1560. 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. CAT­TLE RAIS­ERS MU­SEUM The Cat­tle Rais­ers Mu­seum pro­vides a look at the re­gions her­itage of ranch­ing and the his­tory of the cat­tle in­dus­try. Ar­ti­facts—from boots to brand­ing irons—and in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits help tell the story. www.cat­tlerais­ersmu­seum.org. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.332.8551. CAVANAUGH FLIGHT MU­SEUM This 50,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity at the Ad­di­son air­port houses a mint-con­di­tion P-51 Mus­tang, a TBM Avenger, an F-104 Starfighter, three Rus­sian MiGs and 35 other air­planes. Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren 4 to 12, and free for chil­dren un­der 3. www.ca­vanaugh­flight­mu­seum.com. 4572 Claire Chen­nault, Ad­di­son, 972.380.8800. 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. 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. www.fw­mu­seum.org. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.255.9300.

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 The Ge­orge W. Bush Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter is part li­brary and part mu­seum, re­veal­ing 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. Ad­mis­sion to the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion is free. www.kim­bel­lart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 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. The mu­seum is open most days 11-5, un­til 7 on Thurs­days, and 1-5 on Sun­days. 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 COW­GIRL MU­SEUM AND HALL OF FAME Touted as the only mu­seum in the world “ded­i­cated to hon­or­ing the women of the Amer­i­can West,” this three-decade-old mu­seum fea­tures spe­cial ex­hibits, bronc-rid­ing events and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties. The hall hon­ors such in­ductees as An­nie Oak­ley, Dale Evans, Laura In­galls Wilder and Saca­gawea. www.cow­girl.net. 1720 Gendy St., 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. Tours are avail­able by reser­va­tion for groups. 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. Race a T-Rex, bat­tle ro­bots, re­port the weather, gaze at rare gems and see a tor­nado in ac­tion. The mu­seum also hosts events in the evening ex­clu­sively for adults. 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 AT DEALEY PLAZA 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. STOCK­YARDS MU­SEUM Check out the Stock­yards Mu­seum, housed in the creak­ing, 1903 Live­stock Ex­change build­ing, where Fort Worth’s meat­pack­ing in­dus­try is paid homage. Also, see fas­ci­nat­ing bits of mem­o­ra­bilia, sepia-toned pho­tos and in­for­ma­tion on Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes. www.stock­yardsmu­seum.org. 131 E. Ex­change Ave., Fort Worth, 817.625.5082. TEXAS COWBOY HALL OF FAME In honor of the men and women who set­tled this land, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame fea­tures more than 60 wag­ons, car­riages and sleighs as well as videos, sad­dles, pho­to­graphs and more. www.tex­as­cow­boy­hallof­fame.com. 128 E. Ex­change Ave., Fort Worth, 817.626.7131. 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 a true gem in the Dal­las Arts District. The col­lec­tion of carved jade pieces is one of the finest in North Amer­ica. Ad­mis­sion is free. www.crow­col­lec­tion.com. 2010 Flora St., 214.979.6430.

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