Dallas delivers invaluable experiences for fans of the Arts thanks to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the USA
The Dallas Arts District The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. The district is comprised of museums, performance halls, corporate offices, residences, restaurants, churches and even a school. It now boasts buildings by four Pritzker Prize-winning architects within a span of several blocks. The district's architectural richness extends however, with examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the late 1880's, just 40 years after Dallas' founding. The Dallas Arts District has selected global architecture, planning and design firm NBBJ to create a new Master Plan for the dynamic downtown neighborhood. In the last decade, the Arts District has seen dramatic investment, growth and changes and has become a diverse magnet for businesses, development, residents and tourists.
Dallas Museum of Art: Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the museum has a stunning collection with more than 22,000 pieces, spanning the third millennium BC to present day. Artists on display include O'Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and more.
African American Museum: Housed in four vaulted galleries, this museum explores the African-American experience through exhibits and displays. The African American Museum is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest offering an impressive collection of African and African American art, featuring one of the largest folk art collections in the nation.
Nasher Sculpture Center: The Center, which was designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, is located on a 2- acre in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The museum was a long-held dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, who together formed a comprehensive collection of masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others. The Meadows Museum: The MM features a permanent collection of 15th - 20th-century art from Spain, as well as special exhibitions and a sculpture garden.
Crow Collection of Asian Art: Whether for quiet reflection in a serene atmosphere, marvelling at centuries-old artifacts or gazing at unique works of art, the museum is an inspiring experience. Located in the center of the Dallas Arts District, the museum features exhibitions of arts from Asia. The gem of the museum is the breath-taking sculpture garden, home to 15 contemporary and historical pieces.
Frontiers of Flight Museum: From the Kitty Hawk to the Moon Walk, relive the History of Aviation amidst one of the world's finest collections. Over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, including 25 aircraft, 20 interactive displays, educational workshops, and regular presentations from space shuttle astronauts and NASA officials. Come see the Apollo 7 command module, a moon rock on display, the Bell "Huey" Helicopter or the most extensive collection of ejection seats.
The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Dallas was created in 2012 to house the Japanese armor of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. Their ever-expanding collection is comprised of almost 1,000 objects, many of which are exemplary examples of samurai armor.
Irving Arts Center: The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center's 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden.
Dallas Holocaust Museum/ Center for Education and Tolerance: Our mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. In 2015, more than 72,000 visitors toured the Museum and many have written, emailed or posted notes that their lives have been forever transformed by the experience.