Arts District: Dallas, Texas

Article by Dawn Michelle Michals
Photography by George Hosek

Dallas, Texas, is a metropolis for the arts, culture and world-renowned exhibits found no other place in the world. A majority of museums are located within the downtown Arts District, making for an easy sight-seeing excursion.

Dallas loves its art, and in fact, offers the largest dedicated area in the United States. Take a walk through the Dallas Arts Districtís 17 blocks of architecture, entertainment and history with a trained docent by your side.

The Arts District Tour occurs the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month beginning at 10:00 a.m. and meets at the ceremonial entrance of the Dallas Museum of Art. The tour does not include going inside of the buildings.

The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art encompasses the art and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia all within a discreet building in Dallasí downtown Arts District.


Admission to the museum is free with complimentary guided tours are available each Thursday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sundays, the museum offers guided tours of its Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden at 1 p.m. To meet your tour group, head to the museumís lobby. Photography is permitted in certain areas, but flash photography, and movie and video cameras are always prohibited. Parking is available nearby for a fee both in a museumís garage and through metered parking.

From modern art to ancient masterpieces, The Dallas Museum of Art offers 23,000 works of art from around the world. Located off of Harwood, the museum offers underground, flat-rate parking with easy access to Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Interstate 35. Museum hours vary, but frugal travelers will note the facilityís free admission the first Tuesday of the month and every Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Neighboring the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is an outdoor museum encompassing Raymond D. Nasherís love for 20th-century sculpture, nature and people. One-hundred and seventy trees, 62,000 square of outdoor exhibit space and plenty of seating create serenity within Dallasí busy downtown.

The center is open to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Mondays. The admission price includes an audio tour. For a complimentary tour, visit the museum on the first Saturday of the month between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Unique only to Dallas, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination of our nationís 35th president, John F. Kennedy. Conspiracy theorists and tourists unite in the museumís pictorials, renderings and audio tours housed in the old Texas School Book Depository.

At the end of the tour, a guest books describes the accounts from visitors from around the world. On the street outside, an x marks the spot where the fatal shot struck. Avoid the traffic and it is a favorite photo opportunity. Further down the street at Commerce Main and Market streets, the JFK Memorial commemorates the life of our late president with an open-air structure resembling an ancient cenotaph.

Also located in the Arts District, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Fall brings with it a three week music festival in addition to the orchestraís close to100 public performances each year. The centerís Herman W. Lay Family Organ is a must see with its 4, 535 pipes.

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University boasts one of the most comprehensive and extensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, and Picasso are only of the few of the artists represented in the collection that spans from the 10 through the 20 century. Donít worry about parking as the museum provides ample free parking directly beneath the museum.

Located in the Arts District, The Cathedral Santuario De Guadalupe is definitely worth a visit. This beautiful cathedral is open to the public and also hosts weddings and other events.

A visit to Dallas brings travelers to a city rich in the arts, music and drama as only Dallas can do it. These top cultural sites are only a sampling of what the city has to offer. From historic to modern, Dallas offers unique cultural opportunities for all to enjoy.

Arts District: Websites, Addresses & Phone Numbers

Dallas Museum of Art, 214-922-1200, 1717 N. Harwood

Nasher Sculpture Center, 214-242-5100, 2001 Flora

John F Kennedy Memorial, Main & Market Street

Crow Collection of Asian Art, 214-979-6430, 2010 Flora

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 214-747-6660, 411 Elm Street, Suite 120

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 214-692-0203, 2301 Flora






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