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10 of the best Free Museums in Dallas and Fort Worth

What Dallas Museums are free?

There are a lot of free museums in Dallas Fort Worth and many are designed with kids in mind. Whether you are interested in historical facts or some cool sculptures or paintings, the best things in life really are free at these free museums nearby. 

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Let us share with you 10 of our favorites, so you don’t have to spend much time researching for yourself. We’ve visited these so you can be ready to go once you’ve planned when you’re heading out.


What are the best Free Museums in Dallas?

Dallas Museum of Art

Where: 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75201

Phone: 214-922-1200

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday — Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm. Closed Mondays.

The museum opened in 1903, is among the ten largest art museums in the country and is committed to research, innovation, and public engagement.

It houses a global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

Dallas Museum of Art Childrens Museum

General admission to the Museum is free and includes viewing the Museum’s collection galleries and most exhibitions; selected special exhibitions and programs require an admission ticket.

They also have incredible kids programs, which local Mom, Gwendolyn tried with her littles, like Toddler Tuesdays.


Crow Collection of Asian Arts

Where: 2010 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-979-6439

Hours: Tuesday — Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm; Friday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm; Sunday, Noon — 6 pm. Free admission.

The Crow Museum of Asian Art was founded in 1998, to inspire and promote learning and dialogue about the arts and cultures of Asia.

The museum contains more than 750 scrolls, paintings, objects of metal and stone, and large architectural pieces from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. And, over 300 works are on display in three galleries, including precious jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls, and a rarely seen 28-foot by 12-foot sandstone facade of an 18th-century Indian residence.

It also offers an area for quiet reflection and learning in the middle of the Dallas Arts District.

Go, explore, and check out some of their programs and events. This is one of our favorite free museums in Dallas. The daily admission to the museum is free, but the suggested donation is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors.

Childrens Museum Crow Museum

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Where: 3109 Carlisle St, Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: 214- 855-7802

Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm (Thursdays until 7 pm); Sunday, 1 pm — 5 pm. Free admission (donations appreciated).

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art is the only museum dedicated to MADI art and the primary point of focus for the MADI movement in the United States.

What is MADI art and its movement?

MADI art, as well as contemporary geometric art, have some of their roots in the art of Malevich and other Russian revolutionary artists of 1917. These artists loved figurative art.


Nasher Sculpture Center

Where: 2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-242-5100

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This museum offers FREE admission every first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there are fun family activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located in the oasis in the heart of downtown Dallas, Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world.

They’ve got beautiful outdoor and indoor galleries, which always amaze both the locals and visitors.

Check them out and bring the whole crew to create, discover, and make new memories together.

Nasher Sculpture Center

The Samurai Collection

Where: 2501 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-965-1032

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

One of the hidden gems in Dallas is the Samurai Collection, right on top of a restaurant in Harwood in Downtown Dallas.

It is pretty cool to know that it is the most extensive samurai collection outside of Japan, and it has over 1,000 items on display.

The Museum is free for everyone and open Tuesday through Sunday.


Mary Kay Museum

Where: 16251 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001

Phone: (972) 687-5720

Hours: Monday — Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Free admission.

The Mary Kay Museum will take you to the history of this world-renowned beauty brand, Mary Kay.

The museum will walk you through its history and experience the vision and the dream of a woman more than four decades ago, and how she built her make up and beauty empire.

It is located inside the Mary Kay World Headquarters in Dallas and is free for all visitors, from 9 am to 4 pm every Monday to Friday except for major holidays.

Crow Museum of Asian Art

Which are the Best Free Museums in Fort Worth?

Amon Carter Museum

Where: 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Phone: 817-738-1933

Hours: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Sunday noon–5 p.m.

This free museum was built in 1961 to house Fort Worth publisher Amon Carter’s collection of Western art.

It offers a stunning selection of American art, including the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the 20th century. Today, it houses some of the most American painter’s masterworks, together with sculptures and graphic arts from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The location offers permanent and traveling exhibitions, educational programs, and teaching resources. Traveling exhibits and public programs may have fees.

It reopened in October 2019 after a yearlong face-lift to its landmark building and a re-installation of its galleries.


Kimbell Art Museum

Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Phone: 817-332-8451

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Friday, 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

It’s always free to explore the Kimbell’s collection and its buildings!  This impressive museum building is designed by an American architect, Louis I. Kahn.

Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century that include European masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Monet, Picasso, and Matisse, and more.

The museum is also home to an extensive collection of Egyptian, Mesoamerican, Asian, and African art. There are Special exhibitions available year-round. 


Sid Richardson Museum

Where: 309 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 (Sundance Square)

Phone: 817-332-6554

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 5PM

Friday – Saturday 9 AM – 8 PM

Sunday 12PM – 5 PM

The Sid Richardson Museum, a part of historic Sundance Square in Fort Worth, is located within walking distance from downtown hotels. It showcases the paintings of the 19th Century American West by Charles M. Russell & Frederic Remington and other artists.

The works that you will see are reflections of both the art and reality of the American West. A free guided tour is offered every Tuesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and by appointment, and you can schedule free group tours with three weeks noticed.

Admission is always free


What museums are free near me? 

10 of the best free museums in Dallas

Interurban Railway Museum

Where: 901 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

Phone: (972) 941-2117

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thu 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This Children’s museum is located in the historical downtown Plano. The Interurban Railway Museum features interactive exhibits on electricity, science, and the history of Plano and the Texas Electric Railway.

You get to see a beautiful 1911 railway car and will give you an idea of what transportation was used before here in our beloved city of Plano.

This is the only remaining sub-station example on the Interurban line, which served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway, linking Denison and Dallas beginning in 1908.

They often host fun family events here too, so check their calendar before you plan your visit.

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  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)