If you are tired of staring at the same walls and you interested in trying something different, then you are going to love what I have for you. Most of us are fully aware of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern in Fort Worth.

Bonus Fun Stuff:Are you up for a challenge? Go rock climbing today.

However, did you know that here in DFW we have a museum dedicated to Mary Kay, Bowling, Dr Pepper and other fun stuff? So I challenge you and your family to visit each and every museum listed below. Oh and when you are done, come back and let us know what you thought of them. This fun crew wants to know.

Dallas Museums:

Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, you can race a T. rex, challenge friends in robot competitions, explore the astonishing links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds, experience a simulated earthquake, journey through the universe, and test what it means to “be human”. Everything from dinosaurs to DNA to diamonds are packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. We built a Museum to to inspire the life-long learner in all of us.

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Twenty years in operation, this lovingly curated free museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Dedicated to providing art and service to the Dallas-Fort Worth community with an emphasis on shared learning and fun, the Crow Collection offers a pedestrian-friendly lobby and entrance, and a Samurai Gallery to showcase the museum’s spectacular acquisition of a complete set of armor, considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. 

George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The main exhibit, John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation, is on the sixth floor. Special exhibits and public programs are presented on the seventh floor. While visiting, stop by the Museum Stores + Café.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calderde Kooningdi SuveroGiacomettiHepworthKellyMatisseMiróMoorePicassoRodinSerraand more. 

African American Museum

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.

Dallas Holocaust Museum

This museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas’ Historic West End, the Museum hosted more than 86,000 visitors in 2017, among them 36,000 school children. A top-rated attraction in North Texas, the Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture

The Old Red Museum offers new historical discoveries in abundance – not only in our galleries, but also within the building itself. Original construction of the Old Red Courthouse took place in 1892, undergoing many transformations throughout the years, which ultimately led to the beautiful restoration of today. Authentic features and architectural elements have been uncovered to display a truly magnificent piece of Dallas County history.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Experience the stories of aviation and space flight – from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake; the Apollo VII spacecraft, 13 historical galleries, and over 35,000 artifacts; the Living History program and our acclaimed STEM education program. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is the perfect place to explore the history and progress of aviation as mankind continues to pursue going higher, faster and farther.

Meadows Museum

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. The museum is a resource of Southern Methodist University that serves a broad and international audience as well as the university community through meaningful exhibitions, publications, workshops, and other educational programs and encourages public participation through a broad-based membership.

The Samurai Collection

The collection of samurai objects is one of the most complete and largest of its type in the world and is displayed in the only museum outside of Japan whose focus is samurai armor.

Fort Worth Museums:

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Dedicated to lifelong learning and anchored by our rich collections, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages our diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post–World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Foundation, which owns and operates the Museum, was established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimbell, together with Kay’s sister and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Carter. Early on, the Foundation collected mostly British and French portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries. By the time Mr. Kimbell died in April 1964, the collection had grown to 260 paintings and 86 other works of art, including such singular paintings as Hals’s Rommel-Pot Player

C R Smith Museum

The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits that entice participation by all age groups. The museum features hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, full-scale aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner. In addition, the museum’s state of the art 4K digital theater features Pursuit of Flight, a film, featuring the history and physics of aviation from ancient times through today.

Sid Richardson Museum

The Sid Richardson Museum educates, engages, and inspires its visitors to find meaning, value, and enjoyment in exploring its collection of paintings of the American West.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame & Museum, which attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year, celebrates Texas and Texans by individually honoring and showcasing its more than 145 Texas Cowboy Hall ofFame inductees. Visitors learn about the lives and contributions of great Texans like award–winning musician, author and rancher Red Steagall; rodeo commentator and television personality Pam Minick; cattle rancher and celebrated baseballplayer Nolan Ryan; 23-time world champion roper Trevor Brazile; Grammy award-winning musician and champion horseman Lyle Lovett; and many more influential Texans. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of Texas in the fields of rodeo, business, western promotion, entertainment, ranching and agriculture.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers a diverse array of exhibitions, publications, and programs that connect visitors to masterworks of American art. 

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. It includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, and a research library and archives. 

Fort Worth Aviation Museum

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum (FWAM), formerly the Veterans Memorial Air Park, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of aviation in Fort Worth, the North Texas region, and around the world. Includes museum exhibits and an air park of 24 airplanes.

Cattle Raisers Museum

The Cattle Raisers Museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the vital history and science of the cattle industry. The experience tells the story of the cattle industry from its origins among the West’s early Spanish settlers, through the heyday of the legendary drovers, all the way to today’s modern range technology. The exhibits show the important role Texas and Southwestern cattle raisers play in protecting natural resources as frontline stewards of land, livestock and wildlife.

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

The primary objective of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame is to offer the visitor a true and complete historical perspective of the people and activities that built the unique culture of the American West. The work of artists who documented the people and events of the time through journals, photographs and other historical items are part of this new collection. These long overlooked materials tell perhaps for the first time the complete story.

Military Museum of Fort Worth

WE HONOR. WE PRESERVE. WE EDUCATE. Every soldier’s story is unique. Every artifact has its own tale. By combining the display of actual artifacts with the soldier’s story who owned them we aim to educate in a way that leaves a lasting memory.

Lenora Butler Rolla Museum

Ms. Rolla is personally responsible for the recovery and preservation of most of Tarrant County’s African-American artifacts, placing them under the watchful care of the Society.

Mid-Cities Museums:

Grapevine Museums & Galleries

Every month, the Grand and Tower Galleries host a variety of art, cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that are free to the public. Offering a mix of exhibits, one month we might display a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, the next month, a contemporary art show.

DFW Elite Toy Museum

Ron started collecting the museum’s toys in the 1980s. When he began collecting toys, he was already in love with Mercedes, and other fine European marques. He decided then that he would aspire to own every Mercedes toy made. He was naive. It didn’t take him long to realize that buying new toys was like pitching an ice cube into the ocean in the hopes of cooling it down. He began to buy strictly antique toys. Over the years, his focus narrowed even more to specific manufacturers like Tippco, and models that were interesting, like race-cars or open cars, or those steeped in history or loaded with provenance.

The Mustangs of Las Colinas

The Mustang of Las Colinas is a breathtakingly realistic bronze sculpture of nine wild mustangs galloping across a granite stream. Tourists from around the world come to view the impressive, larger-than-life depiction that serves as the centerpiece of Williams Square, a stark, pink granite plaza in the Las Colinas Urban Center.

Play Street Museum – Irving

Providing time for our children to have self directed play stimulates their imaginations, encourages them to problem solve, and allows them to refine their social skills – helping them to build a strong framework for a lifetime of learning.

Wild Rose Heritage Center

The Center provides a focus for the artifacts and memories of the history of the Keller area. Its activities will include monthly Heritage Luncheons with speakers highlighting our history; events targeting specific community groups; displays of Keller heritage topics; children’s history related activities and our History Youth Ambassador Program; a proactive search for early Keller residents and/or their descendants culminating , in many instances, with video interviews.

Ruth Paine House Museum

Ruth Paine’s house is where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before shots rang out at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza ― claiming the life of President Kennedy. The story of the events surrounding the assassination has engrossed historians, scholars and everyday Americans for decades.

Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax

They have  five fun-filled family attractions. Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 12 galleries of the weird, strange, and bizarre! Louis Tussuad’s Palace of Wax has over 200 life-like figures of hollywood, history and fear! The Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze is 2000 sq ft, of endless passages, dead ends, and fun. Try your skill at the Ripley’s Impossible Laser Race. Bump, dip, and shake your way through our 7D Moving Theater.

Fuller House

Providing a charming glimpse into the décor and lifestyle of the 1930s and 1940s, the Fuller House is a historical Euless landmark as the community’s first brick house and now a museum.  Visitors may view displays about the city’s history as well as unique documents, artifacts and memorabilia.  The house was saved from destruction, then faithfully restored and furnished.

Settlement to City Museums

Comprised of The Donald Schoolhouse, The Keeling House Museum, The Grapevine Cotton Ginner’s Museum, and The Grapevine Historical Museum. 

Denton Museums:

Bayless-Selby House Museum

Owned by the citizens of Denton County, the Historical Park is programmed by the Denton County Historical Commission as a hub for residents and visitors to grow and learn together. It is located on Mulberry Street just south of Denton’s Historic Square, a short walk from the 1896 Courthouse-on-the-Square.

Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

Today the courthouse serves as a reminder of Denton County’s history. It is home to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum as well as John B. Denton’s grave. Lectures, exhibits, and community organized events are scheduled throughout the year keeping this local gem an active site for experiencing the past.

Denton Fire Department / Museum

Located inside the lobby of the historic Central Fire Station, The Denton Firefighters’ Museum features intriguing, historic collectibles including a hose cart from the 1800s, equipment from a 1935 ladder truck, fire extinguishers, fire grenades, helmets, uniforms and Denton fire report logs dating back to the 1920s. The museum is also home to five, life-like mannequins displaying firefighter gear through the decades.

Explorium Denton – A Children’s Museum

We believe that children should be able to explore their curiosities in a safe environment. Engaging the community, including the family unit, is imperative in a child’s development. To educate children means more than sending them to school. We want to provide opportunities for children to experience the wonder and excitement of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through hands-on exhibits, multimedia, and content-rich programs that encourage exploration, engage the learner, and ultimately educate the child.

UNT Galleries

The University of North Texas Art Galleries support the educational mission of the university, enrich the aesthetic environment and serve as a cultural resource for the public at large. With a focus on curatorial projects involving contemporary art, the Galleries inspire and empower student and community audiences through the viewing experience, foster students’ confidence in the public display of their artworks, and present and promote the artist’s voice.

Arlington Museums:

Arlington Museum of Art

AMA is non-collecting museum featuring world-class art exhibitions and companion curated exhibits. The AMA offers educational and instructional programs for adults and children. The museum partners with local educational institutions to bring high quality art education, experiences and programs for local visitors and tourists to the North Texas area. The AMA also provides rental facilities for special events.

International Bowling Museum

Discover the region’s premier sports museum brimming with one-of-a-kind bowling artifacts, a unique bowling experience and a cutting-edge glimpse at the far-flung future of this global pastime. Pass through Bowling’s Hall of Fame where rare photos and vintage film clips tell the stories of bowling’s greatest legends. 

Fielder House Museum

The galleries at the Fielder house are used primarily to exhibit themes and topics relating to the history of Arlington and its surrounding communities. past exhibits include “Faces of Arlington” WWII – A series of exhibits showcasing the community, its residents and the hometown hero’s of WWII.  Permanent exhibits include the Fielder Kitchen, Dining Room, Media Room, Doctors Office, and Collectables in the basement.

River Legacy Nature Center

River Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), was formed as a unique public/private partnership with the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department in 1988. The Foundation was started by a group of visionary citizens who saw the potential of a premier park in land donated to the city by descendants of the Gibbins family – Berta Rose Brown and Margaret Rose May. The initial 376 acres was boosted by additional land donations acquired from the Ryan Companies, Perry R. Bass and Texas Industries.

Knapp Heritage Park

Come relive Arlington history at Knapp Heritage Park.  With some of the oldest structures in the city – an old schoolhouse, cabins and the Bardin blacksmith barn – your whole family can learn about North Texas pioneer life.  The park offers a free blacksmith presentation on the last Sunday of each month.

Frisco Museums:

National Videogame Museum

As gamers, we all demanded it: A place where we can learn about the videogame industry’s rich history, where it’s heading next, and how we can all be a part of it. A place where we can meet and expand our vast community of creative and competitive minds. A place that exudes FUN in a permanent home where on any given day we can play the games of yesterday, today AND tomorrow. It’s HAPPENING in Frisco, Texas!

Frisco Heritage Museum

The museum is the home of the Bolin antique collection, formerly housed in McKinney and donated to the City of Frisco by the Bolin family. The museum has a variety of exhibits which include a turn of the century printing press, a service station with cars from 1915 and 1930, an early 1900’s parlor, a 1960’s era den, a “King Cotton” exhibit, railroad memorabilia, “The Heritage Theater” showing old movies, and a timeline room showing a video of the history of Frisco and providing a view of all the buildings in Heritage Center.

Museum of the American Railroad

The Museum of the American Railroad is a 50-year old collecting institution with a long history of providing quality educational and entertaining experiences to over 3 million visitors from around the world.  We continue to realize our mission of preserving and presenting our priceless collection of trains, while pursuing our vision of becoming the preeminent museum of transportation in the Southwest. 

Play Street Museum – Frisco

Play Street Museum is an interactive children’s museum purposefully designed to encourage a young child’s sense of independence, exploration, and creativity.  By narrowing the focus of our museums to the interests and imaginations of children eight and under, young explorers will discover educational exhibits and activities in a world specifically crafted just for them.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

That’s what Sci-Tech Discovery Center hopes to inspire by providing hands-on discovery experiences in the essential areas of science, math and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds.  Sci-Tech seeks to spark a life-long interest and help equip our area’s children with these advanced skills.   We believe in advancing education and providing inspiration to the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators.

Frisco Discovery Center

You’ll find plenty of arts-related events and educational fun inside the Frisco Discovery Center. Developed by the Frisco Community Development Corporation and supported by the City of Frisco, $3 million worth of renovations transformed part of a former warehouse space into an arts, science, and cultural center for the local community.

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