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51+ Must-Visit Museums in Dallas TX to Visit Right Now

If your family loves a great Museum, there are tons of different types of Museums in Dallas TX, for all interests and passions, around the Dallas area and throughout Collin County.

We have explored many of these ourselves and love the variety they offer. Many of them have great interactive exhibits and bonus points for those who have free admission and membership options.

There’s no better time than now to plan a visit to some of these!

More: Our Huge Guide to Playful Things to Do with Babies Near Me {and Toddlers}


The Best Museums in Dallas TX to visit with Free Admission

We love free and cheap things to do, and museums are no exception. When admission is free, you can combine your day out with other fun things to do.

While the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Human Rights Museum, African American Museum, the President George W. Bush Presidential Center, and Sixth Floor Museum do have general admission fees, many of our Contemporary Art Museums, including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth are free.

More: Check out all the free Museums near me


Perot Museum Dallas Space exhibit
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Most Kid-Friendly Dallas Museums in Dallas TX

The Perot Museum of Science and History

Their Permanent collections and special exhibitions really bring science and nature to life in the heart of Dallas. Located in Downtown Dallas, it’s also a great place to consider getting a membership as you may visit multiple times and have a different experience every time and will save money on your general admission each time.

Starting outside, you can have fun in the outdoor sculpture garden with stone frogs and water features. Inside, you can learn about Space Flight, go back in time to the Dinosaur exhibits, and see and touch various artifacts to help kids really perceive that important time in history or enjoy interactive exhibits to bring Science to life.

It’s really well-known as one of the best museums in Dallas TX.

More: Get our Top 10 Tips for the Perot Museum


Heritage Farmstead Ammie Wilson house

Go visit the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano

Get to learn all about Plano’s history from the very early days with the original Wilson and Haggard families, explore the inside of original farmhouses and learn about farming in Plano and Dallas, while mingling with the donkey, goats, and chickens.

More: 7 Reasons you really want to visit the Heritage Farmstead


National Videogame Museum Frisco

Tons of fun at the National VideoGame Museum in Frisco

Although technically, this is a museum, both big kids and little kids alike will love playing Pac-man and Donkey Kong to their hearts’ content on the full-size arcade games and machines while interacting with the fun living rooms which were built to life-size showing videogames and TV sets from the 1980s and 1990’s era.

Along with video testimonies about video games from past generations, they’ll also see consoles and remote controls from back in the day and maybe even an original cellphone that our generation of adults used.


Frontiers of Flight Museum birthday party place

Take flight at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

If your family loves aviation, head to the Dallas Love Field Airport, and next door you’ll find the Frontiers of Flight Museum with a Boeing 737-300 “Spirit of Kitty Hawk” on display outside of the main Flight Museum building.

The museum features many of their planes inside and interior models are historical artifacts, so many are behind ropes or in glass cases. The permanent exhibit that we love the most is the interior of a Dallas Southwest Boeing aircraft where kids can sit in the cockpit. Most visitors head straight to this part of the Museum.

More: A Real Review: The Frontiers of Flight Museum Dallas


Dallas Museum of Art
Fun at the Art Babies class

Dallas Museum of Art

There are so many reasons to love this awe-inspiring art Dallas museum! It’s fully funded so they offer free admission, but ask that you do pre-reserve a ticket before you arrive.

It combines a modern art museum with a permanent collection of European Art, Spanish Art, Asian Art, paintings and Permanent exhibits in addition to temporary exhibitions.

Located directly in the Arts District and West End of Dallas with easy access to and from The Pearl Street/Arts District and St. Paul DART stations, it’s very easy to get to. You can combine your visit with the Nasher Sculpture Center with its own sculpture garden outside.

But one of the best-hidden gems that makes it so kid friendly are its family programs, classes, and workshops, including Art Babies, which Plano Mom, Gwendolyn tried with her kids (all under the age of 6). Arts Babies is for babies and toddlers under the age of 2 and their caregivers.

The class offers songs and story time among the paintings in the galleries, playtime, and a chance to mingle with other parents. They also have Toddler Art, Arturo’s Art, and me and Family workshops for elementary-age kids and their caregivers.

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Tickets for these classes and workshops are $5 with adults (for free) and go on sale 3 months in advance. Be quick to reserve yours.

You can park in the Museum’s underground parking garage – free for DMA members or $20 per car for non-museum members. 

Museum staff meets you at the door and will lead the group to a gallery. Each class has a theme & staff will guide the group through songs and stories related to the art you’re encountering. Afterward, they set up a fun interactive area for kiddos to play and explore!

You can bring strollers, but no food or drinks. Classes are 1 hour.

While you’re in Downtown Dallas, there are more Museums in Dallas TX, so be sure to stop by the grassy knoll at the Sixth Floor Museum or stop by the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park, which is right next to the Crow Museum of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.

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How to save money on your Dallas Museum Visits

If you are looking to visit multiple times in a year, we recommend you consider purchasing a Membership to some of these Museums in Dallas TX.

The most popular is the Perot Museum membership which has a number of perks, including discounts for camps and ways to enjoy the pop-up temporary exhibits before other guests.

You can also save money while you’re learning about the tragic day in Dallas history and the Lee Harvey Oswald theories with a membership at the Sixth Floor Museum.

More: The Top 10 Family Memberships in Dallas Fort Worth


The best deal for free Museum admission in Dallas

If you purchase your Pogo Pass today, you can head straight to the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, the National Videogame Museum, and the Dallas Heritage Village (which really does educate visitors way back in time in Dallas history) for free (some with multiple visits)

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Which are the best Museums in Fort Worth?

And if there weren’t enough museums in Dallas TX and you’re heading to Fort Worth on a day trip from Dallas, we recommend you plan to visit one or two museums while you’re there.

Go see various works of art at The Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which are top picks for our family. Kimbell Art Museum is free.

More: Plan your Day Trip to Fort Worth


Here are 51+ of the Best Museums around Dallas

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Play Street Museum-Plano

Plano

Play Street Museum is a network of small format children’s museums purposefully designed to encourage independence, exploration, and creativity. Grab a spot and bring your kiddos to discover, imagine, & explore and you can make new friends too!

A. W. Perry Homestead Museum

Carrollton

The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum offers a glimpse of life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. A.W. and Sarah (Huffman) Perry were pioneer homesteaders of Peters Colony who came to Carrollton in the year 1844 from Carrollton, Illinois.

African American Museum of Dallas

Dallas

The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the US.

American Airlines CR Smith Museum

Ft. Worth

The CR Smith Museum preserves the history of American Airlines and explains what it takes to run the airline, as told through the perspective of the team members who work there.

Black Girl Magic Museum

Mesquite

Black Girl Magic Museum is an interactive immersive Instagram worthy pop up museum. Black Girl Magic Museum has over 10 exhibits where you can take multiple photos while learning about the brilliance of black women.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Addison

Devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America’s aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.

Circuit12 Contemporary Museum

Dallas

One of Texas’ most innovative and unique art spaces, specializing in a range of contemporary and post digital works; investigating modes of abstraction, figuration and beyond. Located in the Dallas Design District, we strive to provide a unique platform for ambitious emerging to mid-career artists.

Commemorative Air Force Museum

Dallas

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance.

Crow Museum of Asian Art

Dallas

In December, 1998, the Crow Family opened the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as a permanent museum at 2010 Flora Street in the Arts District of Dallas, Texas.

Dallas Contemporary Museum

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and challenging ideas from regional, national and international artists. The institution is committed to engaging the public through exhibitions, lectures, educational programs and events.

Dallas Firefighter Museum

Dallas

The mission of the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is to provide the City of Dallas a well-attended historical and educational asset. The Museum will teach fire safety, honor fallen heroes of the Department and preserve firefighting heritage.

Dallas Heritage Village Museum

Dallas

Dallas Heritage Village is home to the largest and finest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas.

Dallas Historical Society

Dallas

The Dallas Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. Offering education programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Dallas

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas

A space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive! Free general admission.

DFW Elite Toy Museum

Haltom City

We love toys, antiques, and cars. Most of the items in the museum are connected with automobiles in some way or another, although other kinds of toys and antiques are frequently being added to the collection.

Dr Pepper Museum

Waco

Historic home of the nation’s oldest major soft drink – Dr Pepper! Nonprofit organization telling the story of Dr Pepper and the soft drink industry.

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

Denison

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site showcases the home where the 34th U.S. President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was born in 1890. Antique furnishings fill the modest frame house, illustrating the working class life of the Eisenhowers.

Farmers Branch Historical Park

Farmers Branch

The Historical Park is a museum nestled on 27 acres that trace more than 175 years of proud Farmers Branch history along with the history of Peters Colony, Texas, and the United States.

Frisco Heritage Museum

Frisco

The mission of the Frisco Heritage Museum is to collect, preserve, study, interpret, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and knowledge of the history and culture of Frisco, Texas and the North Texas region to all the people of the region and to the visitors attracted to the area.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dallas

Experience the stories of aviation and space flight from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake, the Apollo 7 spacecraft, and 32 other memorable aircraft and space vehicles.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Dallas

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of the President, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

McKinney

The Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our priceless environment is carried out through education which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation.

Heritage Farmstead

Plano

The Heritage Farmstead Museum (HFM) is the premiere living history site interpreting the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas. An American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, the HFM strives to offer a step into the past for people of many ages, interests, and backgrounds.

ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History-Planetarium

Dallas

An educational destination with customized experiences. It features a state-of-the-art planetarium as well as an exhibit hall filled with interactive displays, touchscreens, lifelike animatronic creatures, and a multimedia Ice Age Theater.

International Museum of Cultures

Duncanville

The International Museum of Cultures provides a venue of opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cultures through programs, seminars and exhibits.

Interurban Railway Museum

Plano

Located in downtown Plano, the Interurban Railway Museum is housed in a building that served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway.

Kirk Hopper Fine Art

Dallas

Contemporary art gallery representing national and international artists

Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax

Grand Prairie

Who said it was impossible to meet your favorite celebrity? With over 200 life-like wax figures, you’ll be able to strike a pose with your favorite superstar. Actors? Check! Musicians? Check! Heroes? Check!

Meadows Museum

Dallas

The Meadows Museum is committed to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of art through the collection and interpretation of works of the greatest aesthetic and historical importance, as exemplified by the founding collection of Spanish art.

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Dallas

Non-representational, hard-edged, and comes out of the frame. Geometric art may be in a rectangular format, which is rarely the case with MADI; usually, only prints may be rectangular. The museum shows related geometric, constructivist, and op art work.

Museum of the American Railroad

Frisco

Rich history and heritage, as well as current and future developments of the institution of the American Railroad through artistic, cultural, and educational programming. Features TrainTopia, a 2,500 sq. ft. model train exhibit, life-sized trains outdoors, special events and more!

NASA's Johnson Space Center

Houston

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Ft. Worth

Honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.

National Video Game Museum

Frisco

The US National Videogame Museum is a museum about the history of video games and the video game industry, located in Frisco.

Oak Cliff Cultural Center

Dallas

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center (OC3) is committed to enriching and empowering the Dallas community through arts and culture programming that is equitable, diverse and encourages communication that supports and promotes local artists while nurturing knowledge and growth within the community.

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture

Dallas

Serves as a symbol of Dallas heritage. Built in 1892, the beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse contains some of Dallas County’s most fascinating historical artifacts.

PDNB Gallery

Dallas

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery is a fine art gallery dedicated to photo-based art. The gallery opened its original Uptown location in 1995.

Perot Museum

Dallas

With 11 permanent exhibit halls in the heart of Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science provides an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages.

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Grand Prairie

Discover the strange, the shocking, and beautiful at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Grand Prairie. Enjoy some eye-popping exhibits where you can pose with your favorite celebrity, lose yourself in our spinning vortex tunnel, and even see a shrunken head! The array of weird will leave you spellbound.

River Legacy Living Science Center

Arlington

River Legacy Living Science Center is a an entertaining place for all ages located in River Legacy Park! Also featuring the Discovery Room with two large aquariums, all new engaging exhibits and more.

Ruth Paine House Museum Visitors Center

Irving

Ruth Paine’s house is where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before shots rang out at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s STEM museum. It hosts field trips, homeschool classes, workshops, birthday parties, camps and just a fun family day out!

Scottish Rite Library and Museum

Dallas

Treasures of art adorn many areas of the Scottish Rite Library and Museum. Included is a rare Dickens mug, an original signed piece of ceramic ware depicting many of the characters of the Charles Dickens novels.

Sweet Tooth Hotel

Dallas

An immersive art venue that features emerging experiential artists. Visitors make their way through 5,000 square feet of adventures in the form of art installations.

Talley Dunn Gallery

Dallas

Exhibiting outstanding and groundbreaking contemporary art in a variety of media by established and emerging artists.

The Alamo

San Antonio

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, commonly called The Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas.

The Museum of Biblical Art

Dallas

The National Center for Jewish Art, Museum of Holocaust Art, European Art Treasury, an on-site Art Conservation Lab, Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden, and other major pilgrimage attractions.

The Samurai Collection

Dallas

One of the most complete and largest collection of Samurai items in the world and is the only museum outside of Japan that focuses on Samurai armor.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Dallas

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historical Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Dallas

Since 1954, Valley House Gallery has offered fine art to collectors and museums. In addition to championing contemporary artists, Valley House deals in 19th and 20th century and Early Texas art.


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    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!)

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