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Dallas Museum of Art

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Art Museum, Educational, Cultural
1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX
URL: Dallas Museum of Art  Phone: 214-922-1200
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Activity Overview

Foresight. That’s what you need to build a legendary art museum collection like this. So when the city of Dallas was just sixty seven years young in 1903, the collecting began in earnest. Now the DMA boasts an important global collection that spans ancient times to the present.

After dealing with several monumental moves during since its inception, the DMA settled down into its final home, conveniently located in the Dallas Arts District, one of the most frequently visited districts (out of 15) in Dallas. The DMA’s concourse is one-quarter mile from end to end.

An interesting area to explore here at the DMA is the Villa La Pausa, a reproduction of a Parisian home built by iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel. The home hosts a display of not only original furniture, but 1,400 artworks primarily of French impressionism by artists such as Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh.

The American art collection is a who’s who of famous painters: Hopper, Wyeth, O’Keeffe and Frederic Edwin Church. The Icebergs by Church is a top treasure at the museum and a must-see.

Things to See & Do

Oh say can you C? A great starting point for multi-generational families is the new Center for Creative Connections (known as C3) on Level 1. Here kids will find the play spaces Arturo’s Nest; for ages 0-4 and Young Learners’ Gallery for ages 5-8. At C3 you can also make your own masterpiece at Art Spot.

Live from Dallas, it’s Thursday Night Live! Every Thursday partake in live jazz concerts, dinner and drinks in the café or even go meet an artist at C3.

Free Spotlight tours by docents are available Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Or take a smartphone tour anytime at DMA.mobi.

The Museum is open until midnight on the third Friday of each month. Night owls can delve into a unique experience that may include a magic show, a murder mystery game, a photo booth, a pop-up restaurant, trivia contest, karaoke, yoga, a bedtime story, a concert, movie, a and many more opportunities for family fun.

Dallas Museum of Art Insider Tips

  • Free admission for all was instituted in 2013. Special exhibits are a small fee. Paid parking is available in the DMA underground garage.
  • Closed Mondays and holidays.
  • Free rides on the M-Line Streetcar connects the Dallas Museum of Art with other museum and parks in the Arts District.
  • The DMA offers casual dining with a twist in the lovely Harmon Atrium. Kids meals (aka Little Artists’ Combos) are available and so are daily specials: can you say Taco Tuesdays?

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