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Arts and Culture in Dallas

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Dallas’ upscale ethos isn’t just found in its swanky restaurants and glitzy malls. The Big D has cool cultural offerings too. You can seek out intriguing historical sites, countless galleries, and a sprawling 68-acre Arts District brimming with performance venues and world-class museums.




Whether you’re a history buff, arts addict, or science nerd, you’re bound to find a museum to suit your tastes. You can join in the fun with interactive exhibits or step back in time to learn about the city’s rich history.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science


Undoubtedly a shining star among Dallas’ museums, this space features hands-on activities and educational games. It also has numerous permanent exhibits featuring fossils, engineering replicas, and interactive kiosks where you can learn about nature, the human body, and the universe.


2201 N Field Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 428 5555


Perot Museum of Nature and Science website
The Sixth Floor Museum


It might have seemed controversial to open a museum chronicling John F. Kennedy’s life, death, and legacy in the building from which he was assassinated, but this bold museum is a strong statement of admiration and respect for the former president. Located in the infamous Texas School Book Depository, the museum’s collection includes artefacts, films, and photographs.


411 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75202. Tel:+1 214 747 6660


The Sixth Floor Museum website


Dallas Arts District


Take a wander through Dallas Arts District and you’ll be overwhelmed with things to do and see. Choose from urban parks scattered with food trucks and summertime concerts or sculpture centers brimming with contemporary artwork.


Dallas Museum of Art


A major focal point of the Arts District, Dallas Museum of Art is home to a grand selection of decorative and fine art from all over the world, including pieces by Salvador Dali. The colorful Latin American department has a particularly impressive display of Mayan artefacts, and if you’re thinking of visiting with little ones, the museum offers regular craft-filled workshops and classes for kids.


1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 922 1200


Dallas Museum of Art website




Art Deco fans will delight at Dallas’ selection of 1930s buildings clustered in Fair Park while downtown Dallas is a feast of skyscrapers and historic sites. You can pay your respects to President Kennedy at the Memorial on Market Street, before heading sky-high for drinks in one of the city’s most famous buildings.


Reunion Tower


The lit-up golf ball-like sphere atop Reunion Tower is the unofficial symbol of Dallas. You can scale this piercing landmark by clambering up the staircase, but don’t worry: there’s a lift for those who fancy a quick ascent. Your reward will be 360 degree city views, interactive exhibits, and a top-class rotating restaurant and lounge.


300 Reunion Blvd East, Dallas TX 75207. Tel:+1 214 712 7040


Reunion Tower website


Performing arts


Dallas is a hub for the performing arts thanks to an array of schools and venues. A menu of opera, ballet, and jazz is available for culture vultures to feast on, and the focal point for this is an all-encompassing arts center.


AT&T Performing Arts Center


Covering 10 acres of the Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center showcases the best of Dallas’ music, theatre, and dance year-round within its indoor and outdoor performance venues. These include the swanky glass-fronted Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, and the ultra-modern Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.


Venues across Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 880 0202


AT&T Performing Arts Center website