The Dallas Arts District is one of the largest of its kind in the United States! Despite this, an unfortunate number of people tend to overlook Dallas as an art hub. These four museums display some of the finest craftsmanship and collections in the world, making the arts district a creative’s close-knit paradise.
The Dallas Museum of Art
No art walk in the Dallas Arts District would be complete without a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. Established in 1903, the museum has grown to be in the top 10 largest art museums in the United States. Don’t worry though, the museum is still highly navigable, and its large display areas make it easy to find enough space to get a good look at everything.
You’re going to want to give yourself plenty of time to visit since the museum is so large, however. We recommend at least 2 to 3 hours, but it’s easy to spend an entire evening here if you’re an excited art enthusiast. You might want to do some research on their permanent exhibitions if you’re short on time to make sure you get to see what you want to. Whatever type of art you like, the DMA is sure to please with their collections ranging from almost every time period and region of the world. The museum is free to roam apart from a special exhibition or two that you may have to pay to see, which leaves you more money to use in their stellar gift shop!
Crow Museum of Asian Art
The Crow Museum is one of the few museums in the US dedicated entirely to the art of Asia. The museum started out as a private collection by Trammell and Margaret Crow, which grew so large that the Crow family decided it should be shared with the world. The museum is free to see, and see it you should. It provides a tranquil, quiet space for reflection in the middle of the Dallas bustle.
Dubbed the “jewel box” of the arts district, the CMOAA is truly like walking through someone’s treasure box. Since its opening, the museum has expanded to include pieces from other collections and museums from around the world. The mission of the Crow is to lessen the gap between the Eastern and Western worlds, and to promote a dialogue about the arts and cultures of Asia.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The first thing people usually notice about the Perot is its unusual architecture. With a giant, slanted glass space jutting out at a strange angle, irregular windows, and concrete protrusions, the building itself draws the eye. There are 11 permanent exhibit halls, all of which aim to inspire both children and adults alike to contemplate the universe we live in, and maybe even pursue a career in STEM.
“What is a science museum doing in the arts district?” you may be thinking. That’s easy. The museum is highly interactive and encourages creativity at every turn. There have been a number of artists inspired by what they see at the Perot, and who go on to create works of art which reflect the beauty and complexities of nature that they see in the museum. With 180,000 square feet of space, this is another stop on the list that you’re going to want to schedule about 2-3 hours to see. They offer a variety of ticket packages, most of which are $5-$11 per person.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Everyone notices the Dallas Museum of Art right away, it has this big, commanding presence which lets you know immediately what it is. Fewer people will notice its next door neighbor, the Nasher Sculpture Center, simply because of the privacy fences around the building which protect the secret garden inside. The building and grounds were designed to be their own work of art, and you would be hard-pressed to find an area of the center without some beauty to behold.
The proud home of over 300 masterpieces, the Nasher holds priceless pieces from masters such as Calder, Picasso, and Matisse. Before you go, head on over to their website’s “Articles” section, where you can find a number of entries describing the different sculptures that can be found throughout the center. Take note that they are closed on Mondays, and that it costs $10 admission for adults, but is free to children under 12.