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Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.

201 W Main St
Arlington,
TX
US

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.

100 S Houston St
Dallas,
TX
US

While strolling the halls of Madrid's famous Prado Museum in the 1950s, Texas oilman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows fell in love with the rich tradition of Spanish art. Gradually building a collection of Iberian masterworks from throughout the centuries, Meadows helped found his eponymous museum to house and display the art. Now among the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum surrounds visitors with masterpieces from the 10th century through the 21st. The collection's highlights include Goya's darkly evocative Yard with Madmen, Picasso's patchwork Still Life in a Landscape, and Míró's colorfully surreal Queen Louise of Prussia.

Outside the museum's elegant colonnade, an encircling garden recalls Renaissance palaces with manicured bushes, stately gravel paths, and feral court jesters. Beautiful sculptures by modern greats fleck the garden, with such pieces as the 13-foot, wireframe head Sho, by modern Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Below the plaza, Santiago Calatrava's monumental Wave dominates the approach to the museum, with gently undulating iron beams, suspended over a serene reflecting pool that will itself never know the joy of forming a wave.

5900 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas,
Texas
US

Highly recommended by Frommer’s, The Crow Collection of Asian Art spans thousands of years with a gallery that boasts Chinese jades, Buddhist sculptures, and Japanese screen paintings. The upcoming "Soaring Voices" exhibit features a contemporary collection of ceramics from the clay-covered hands of women artists, and a current exhibit entitled Mighty Meiji Metals: Sculpture from 19th Century Japan depicts themes from Japanese history through ornate metallic artifacts. Both the Magnolia and Pearl Circle memberships include announcements of exhibitions, invitations to members' previews, free or discounted admission to special events, and a 10% discount in the Lotus Shop. The Pearl Circle membership additionally gets you access to interest groups like the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which provides discounts on admission, gift shops, parking passes for dragons under 23 feet tall, and concert and lecture tickets in over 300 museums in North America.

2010 Flora St
Dallas,
TX
US

In association with the Smithsonian Institution, The Women's Museum: An Institute for The Future stands as the original U.S. enclave solely dedicated to women's history. A dual membership grants two people unlimited, year round access while a family membership ensures entry for an entire brood. Meander through exhibits that spin the story of the nation's fiercest females who spearheaded advancement in the workplace, on the home front, and at gas stations, where they demanded their husbands stop and ask for directions. Pop in for laughs with 13 Funny Women of comedy, a popular exhibit that permanently prizes the punch line prowess of Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few, through an on-site video review. Others may devote artistic discoveries to special exhibits, such as the forthcoming works of Loïs Mailou Jones, opening on May 22. Here, X chromosome-savvy history buffs explore vibrant paintings that address tenuous times of gender and racial discrimination during the waning days of the Harlem Renaissance.

3800 Parry Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs.

1717 N Harwood St
Dallas,
TX
US