10 Free Must Visit Museums in Dallas - Kid 101

10 Free Must Visit Museums in Dallas

The Samurai Collection, The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, tucked away on the second floor of Saint Ann Restaurant, houses one of the most definitive collections of traditional Japanese samurai paraphernalia in the world. Learn the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic fighters by exploring the array of masks, armor, helmets, weaponry, and art that bring the golden age of Japanese military prowess to life again. It’s a distinct experience unlike any other.

Where: 2501 N Harwood St, Suite 1400, Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: (214) 965-1032

Email: info@samuraicollection.org

Hours: Tuesday, 11 am — 8 pm; Wednesday — Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays.

African-American Museum at Fair Park

Dallas, a city renowned for its multifarious cultural background, is also home to the African-American Museum at Fair Park, a unique museum that illuminates the history, art, and culture of the African-American presence in the United States. Singular in nature among other museums in the Southwest, the Museum at Fair Park displays art, archives, a research library, productions, and educational programs that depict the fascinating diaspora of African and African-American culture across the North American continent. Explore online for details on planning your visit.

Where: 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

Phone: (214) 565-9026

Email: info@aamdallas.org

Hours: Tuesday — Friday, 11 am — 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am — 5 pm. Sunday / Monday Closed.

Latino Cultural Center

Another local favorite, the Latino Cultural Center celebrates the rich culture of the indigenous Americas with a collection of activities and events for every age. Throughout the year, the community flocks to the Center for festivals like Dieciseis de Septiembre and Las Posadas, as well as promotional like Target Second Sundays (geared for family entertainment). Dancing, theater, performances — they’re all here. All that’s missing is you! Be sure to plan your visit by checking upcoming events online.

Where: 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: (214) 671-0045

Email: jessica.trevizo@dallascityhall.com

Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday / Monday Closed.

Meadows Museum of Art at Southern Methodist University

Any fan of Spanish art will revel in the collections housed at the Meadows Museum, where one of the world’s largest displays of Spanish art is on exhibition. Besides perusing Picasso, visitors can sit for drawing lessons, catch an afternoon gallery talk, or even submit applications for prestigious art awards, like the Moss / Chumley Texas Artist Award. The Museum also offers free public tours on Sundays at 2 pm, so there are plenty of times to connect and explore. Additional programs for those with disabilities and challenges are available, so be sure to visit the website for details on planning your trip.

Where: 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205

Phone: (214) 768-2516

Email: meadowsmuseuminfo@smu.edu

Hours: Thursdays after 5 pm are free.

Dallas Museum of Art

One of the city’s most celebrated centers of art appreciation, the Dallas Museum of Art is a cultural powerhouse where artists from around the globe and through the centuries are on display free of charge. Exhibits are a must-see: More than just 007 fans will appreciate the “Shaken. Stirred. Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” exhibition; and even the most rugged outdoorsmen can appreciate the “Art and Nature in the Middle Ages” show. The Arts & Letters Live program gives children a chance to participate in events and activities like the teen calligraphy workshop. More is available online, so be sure to connect and plan your visit!

Where: 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201

Phone: (214) 922-1200

Email: familyprograms@DMA.org

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday — Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm. Closed Mondays.

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Since its grand opening in 2003, the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art has exposed the greater Dallas area to a visually stunning array of intricate artwork rarely found elsewhere. It is considered the first museum with a MADI art focus that draws on angular, jutting forms that often escape their frames for a multidimensional visual experience. The Museum focuses on work that expresses constructivist, geometric, and pop art themes, but you’ll find a variety of styles and creative expressions here. It is certainly a one-of-a-kind place, so be sure to explore online to plan your visit.

Where: 3109 Carisle St, Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: (214) 855-7802

Email: info@geometricmadimuseum.org

Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm (Thursdays until 7 pm); Sunday, 1 pm — 5 pm. Free admission (donations appreciated).

Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is an exciting destination for museum-goers this season. The Collection is known for its celebrations of the Chinese New Year, showcasing a festival replete with live performances, vendors, and activities so fun you’ll want to make it your new family tradition. The fun doesn’t stop there: The Collection hosts a variety of engaging attractions, like their exhibits on samurai warriors and traditions, Wu Style tai chi in the galleries, clay art from the Abbasid dynasty, and more. Explorers and adventurers will find something to their taste here, so be sure to explore more online.

Where: 2010 Flora ST, Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: (214) 979-6430

Email: education@crowcollection.org

Hours: Tuesday — Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm; Friday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm; Sunday, Noon — 6 pm. Free admission.

Mary Kay Museum

The woman, the brand, and the legend come to life in the free Mary Kay Museum situated inside the national headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Addison. The Museum is dedicated to sharing the vision and passion of one of the most influential people of her time, complete with theater screenings of her motivational speeches that influenced countless American women to establish their own vocational independence. History and makeup lovers alike will enjoy stepping into the shoes of one of the nation’s most iconic brand ambassadors. Details about visiting hours and programs are available online.

Where: 16251 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX

Phone: (972) 687-5720

Email: askmarykay@mkcorp.com

Hours: Monday — Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Free admission.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Music and architecture lovers unite at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where the awe of the high notes and ceilings will whisk you away in a fantasy. Designed by renowned architect and winner of the coveted Pritzker Prize, I. M. Pei, the Center is a testament to the powerful harmony of fluid architecture and acoustic excellence. Free tours are given year-round, and throughout the seasons free recitals by professional organists are given on the Herman W. and Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ, a delight to behold in itself. The Center also features public art exhibits as well as a host of events, so be sure to visit online to learn more.

Where: 2301 Flora, Dallas TX 75201

Phone: (214) 670-3600

Email: c.studdard@dallascityhall.com

Oak Cliff Cultural Center

A proud part of the Oak Cliff neighborhood, the Cultural Center has stood as a hallmark of exchange and activity for over a decade. Events and lectures abound, from art about physics (“Quarks and Quasars” by artist Rachel Muldez) to collaborations between cultural groups and educators. It’s a family-oriented destination with programs that entertain and engage. Workshops, exhibitions, summer camps, and classes — art, music, dance, you name it — are all available for public access. The facility is free to explore for anyone, so why wait? Explore online and plan your visit today!

Where: 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas TX 75208

Phone: (214) 670-3777

Email: rafael.tamayo@dallascityhall.com

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturdays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Some events / classes may charge fees, so call ahead.

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