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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.