Sightseeing in DeSoto


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  • Old Red Museum
    There was a time when looking down the barrel of Clyde Barrow's gun wouldn't have seemed too appealing. But now people visit the second floor galleries of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture just to get a glimpse of the infamous weapon, which shares space with more than 1,000 other artifacts, including the first traffic light in Dallas County and handcuffs worn by Lee Harvey Oswald. Taken together, these artifacts trace Dallas County's past from prehistory to the present day, a timeline visitors also explore via the museum's 41 touchscreen computers, four mini theatres screening specially commissioned films, and hands-on activities on topics such as architecture and pioneer life. More hands-on activities await in the education center, where youngsters learn about their local heritage thanks to exhibits on Dallas County children. Housed in the Old Red Courthouse, a restored Romanesque building from 1892, the museum is practically a large-scale exhibit unto itself. Its many architectural flourishes include a four-story grand staircase, a restored clock tower, and two original stained-glass windows from the courthouse's original collection of more than 100. Tours of all four floors grant visitors access to areas not otherwise open to the general public, including the courtroom and the judge's tightly guarded gavel shed. The historic building makes a fitting setting for the special exhibits that grace the first floor gallery several times a year.
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    100 South Houston Street
    Dallas, TX US
  • International Museum of Cultures
    Though many anthropological museums focus on peoples who are long gone, the International Museum of Cultures displays more than 10 storied exhibits on contemporary indigenous populations from around the world, including Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, visitors glean insight into the respective cultures and the challenges they face. As guests peruse the displays, they can explore Lakota Sioux artifacts such as dream catchers and arrowheads, learn about the hunter-gatherer Agta from the Philippines, and listen to Drumbeats of the World, an interactive exhibit that pulsates with percussive heartbeats from Ecuador, Pakistan, and Korea.
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    411 US 67 Frontage Rd
    Duncanville, TX US
  • Museum of Biblical Art
    Though each work at the Museum of Biblical Art explores themes or depicts scenes from the Bible, the museum?s mission is to provide invaluable insight into centuries? worth of art history as guests of all backgrounds and denominations learn about art?s portrayal of Western culture. More than 11 galleries and permanent exhibits, including Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines, fill the museum?s 30,000 square feet of space, beckoning visitors to interpret installations ranging from 14th century sculptures to Meditations in Wood by Jeffrey Brosk. In addition to Jewish ceremonial art and watercolors of archaeological holy sites, the MBA also festoons its walls with works by African-American and Hispanic artists that analyze the same biblical themes, albeit from a different cultural perspective. One of the museum?s permanent fixtures is a life-size bronze casting of Michelangelo?s Piet?, which was authorized by the Vatican and created by a Florentine foundry that practices the same wax-casting technique formerly used by Renaissance artists. Additionally, lithographs by Marc Chagall depict his interpretations of themes in the Old Testament, and line the colonnade leading from the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden to the gallery of contemporary art by supercomputers that needed to express themselves.
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    7500 Park Ln.
    Dallas, TX US
  • United States Holocaust Meml
    Located amid the National Mall's many monuments to freedom, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds visitors of what can happen when our most fundamental rights are stripped away. Host to more than 36 million guests since its 1993 dedication, the Museum preserves the history of the Second World War's atrocities with its self-guided permanent exhibition. Covering three floors, the exhibition chronicles the ascension of the Nazis' totalitarian state, the ghettoization and extermination of Jews and other victims of Nazism, and also depicts the courage displayed by those who rescued their fellow human beings. The Museum features a collection of artifacts, historical film footage, and eyewitness testimonies which helps to bring this history to life. Other exhibitions include Remember the Children: Daniel's Story, which is designed for younger visitors and families. Elsewhere, the Museum focuses on history since the Holocaust with subjects such as the Nuremberg Trials and contemporary genocide. As a living memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, the Museum seeks to inspire people to confront hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
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    5925 Forest Ln
    Dallas, TX US
  • JFK History Tour
    Reservations/Appointments: Required Established: 2013 Staff Size: 2?10 people Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours Handicap Accessible: No Recommended Age Group: All Ages Pro Tip: Reserve your seat in plenty of time to get your desired tour time. JFK History Tour's guides relive an important piece of history every day, along with up to 15 passengers in a van. They retrace the steps of President Kennedy's fateful route on November 22, 1963, while replaying radio excerpts and showing historical photos along the way. The journey begins at Dallas Love Field?the landing site of Air Force One?and follows the president's journey all the way to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Then, the guides take up other threads of the infamous assassination, following Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby until their final clash at the Dallas Municipal Building. The guides don't present information on the various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, instead letting guests make their own conclusions.
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    411 Elm Street
    Dallas, TX US
  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum
    While most air-and-space museums house aircraft retired after extensive service, the centerpiece of the collection at the Frontiers of Flight Museum has a flight record that’s hard to match: 163 consecutive orbits around Earth. Between October 11 and 22, 1968, the Apollo 7 command module rocketed around the globe at 17,280 miles per hour, chalking up a healthy number of orbits before splashing into the Atlantic and, eventually, coming to its current residence on the museum floor. Displayed with its hatch open for visitors to peep inside at its instrument-covered panels, the module sits alongside thousands of artifacts from the various golden ages of aeronautic exploration, including salvage from the infamous Hindenburg airship and more than 30 vintage aircraft. The family-friendly museum welcomes younger visitors with the Children’s Discovery Area and a "living history" series featuring aviation icons such as Amelia Earhart and Orville Wright.
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    6911 Lemmon Avenue
    Dallas, TX US
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