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- Dallas Museums for Kids
- 1. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- 2. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
- 3. Frontiers of Flight Museum
- 4. George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
- 5. Dallas Museum of Art
- 6. Museum of Geometric and MADI Art
- 7. Nasher Sculpture Center
- 8. Crow Collection of Asian Art
- 9. Meadows Museum
- 10. African American Museum
- 11. Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
- 12. Dallas Firefighters Museum
- 13. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
- 14. American Airlines CR Smith Museum
- 15. Mary Kay Museum
- More Family Fun Ideas in and around Dallas
- About the Sponsor
A visit to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without spending time in some (or all) of these wonderful Dallas Museums. Check our list to find the best venues for art, history, math and even make-up!
Disclosure: Apparent Insurance, the company created by parents for parents, sponsored this post because museums make learning fun for families.
Dallas Museums for Kids
Move over Houston! Dallas offers some of the best museums in Texas. Whether it’s a staycation or road trip, pencil in some Dallas Museums when you visit North Texas. And best of all, several of the museums offer free admission for everyone, and others let kids in free.
1. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the top museum for families in Dallas. Stroll the exhibits covering dinosaurs, minerals, energy and the earth. Includes a movie theater and lots of hands-on activities for kids and their adults.
Admission includes the Moody Family Children’s Museum, which is geared toward younger kids.
Located at 2201 N. Field St. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults admission is $20 and kids 3 to 11 is $13 with kids 2 and under free. Or use your Dallas CityPass.
2. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Learn more about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot the president from the sixth floor of the book depository. Walk through JFK’s visit to Texas and the morning of the assassination in this exhibit.
Due to the mature nature of this subject, the Sixth Floor Museum is best suited for tweens and teens.
Located at 411 Elm St. Open Monday from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $18, kids 6 to 18 $14 and kids 5 and under are free. Or use your Dallas CityPass.
3. Frontiers of Flight Museum
The Southwest 737 sticking out of the building will grab the kid’s attention. Head to this museum to see lots of aircraft hanging from the rafters inside and parked outside.
As a bonus, head around back to see the Southwest jets take off and land at Love Field, one of its hubs. Find a Southwest jet that kids can walk through too.
Located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue, at the Dallas Love Field Airport. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and kids 3 to 17 $7. Free Parking
4. George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Learn more about 9/11 in the Nation under Attack exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Then walk through a replica of the Oval Office where kids can take a picture behind the president’s desk.
This museum is better suited for tweens and teens since its collection is rich in recent history.
Located on the Southern Methodist University Campus at 2943 SMU Boulevard. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $21, kids 13 to 17 $19 and kids 5 to 12 $15. Or use your Dallas CityPass.
5. Dallas Museum of Art
Walk a gallery or walk a floor, the DMA offers big city thrills with an extensive permanent collection to enjoy for free. And check out the special exhibitions for more to see. Part of the Dallas arts districts with several art museums within walking distance.
If the kids need a break, head to the Center of Creative Connections for a space just for families. The Sculpture Garden offers another space to explore outdoors. Find restaurants for dining inside of the museum.
Located at 1717 North Harwood. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free for collections, special exhibitions are extra.
6. Museum of Geometric and MADI Art
First off, what’s MADI? It’s non-representational, hard-edged 2oth century art bursting out of the frame. And kids understand this medium better than adults, especially the Mind Craft kids who built kingdoms of blocks. Explore the geometric works of art with your kids, best of all it’s free.
Located at 3109 Carlisle Street, north of Downtown Dallas. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free general admission, though donations accepted.
7. Nasher Sculpture Center
With an indoor and outdoor space, the Nasher Sculpture Center allows you to stroll among contemporary and modern sculpture. Find Matisse, Picasso and Giacometti among others. Nasher offers student tours and family programs to introduce kids to sculpture.
Located at 2001 Flora Street. Admission is free on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with adult admission $10 and admission for kids 12 and under is always free.
8. Crow Collection of Asian Art
Stroll the collections of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, with art from China, Japan, Vietnam and India among other countries. Included are ancient works to contemporary pieces. Find screens, lacquerware and samurai items among its permanent exhibits.
Located at 2010 Flora St. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free general admission, though donations accepted.
9. Meadows Museum
The permanent collection of the Meadows Museum features Spanish artists, with works from Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Diego Velazquez.
Located at 5900 Bishop Blvd on the SMU campus. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Thursday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12 and kids 12 and under are free.
10. African American Museum
See one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the country. The “Facing the Rising Sun” collection features photos, found objects and historical documents from the North Dallas community called Freedman’s Town.
Located at 3536 Grand Avenue in Historic Fair Park. Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and kids 4 to 12 are $5 with kids 3 and under free.
11. Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
Learn about the Big D before it was settled at the Old Red Museum. Housed in a restored 1892 courthouse, the exhibits start with prehistoric times and continue to the boom days when railroads arrived in 1872 and 1873. Get some details on colorful Dallas residents too.
Located next to Dealey Plaza at 100 S. Houston St. Open from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $10 and kids 3 to 16 are $7 with kids under 3 free.
12. Dallas Firefighters Museum
In an original firehouse from 1907, kids can learn about firefighting over 100 years ago. Since horses were used, this is the location of the first horse hospital in Dallas.
Located at 3801 Parry Avenue. Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and kids are $4. Call ahead.
13. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Tour the regional bank and walk through the Economy in Action exhibit to learn about Federal Reserve Banks across the U.S. Located at 2200 N. Pearl St. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free.
14. American Airlines CR Smith Museum
Aviation buffs will want to visit the American Airlines CR Smith Museum. Walk through a 1940 Douglas DC-3, the first airliner American Airlines used for passenger travel. See all the flight attendant uniforms from the beginning. And the cockpit simulator is another must.
Located at 4601 Texas Highway 360. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $9 and kids 2 to 17 $6.
15. Mary Kay Museum
Here’s one for the YouTube make-up mavens and their fans. Learn about Mary Kay, the original make-up maven. Stroll through the Mary Kay Museum at the Mary Kay Headquarters to learn about her legacy.
Located north of Dallas at 16251 Dallas Parkway, Addison. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
More Family Fun Ideas in and around Dallas
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