Without frequent exposure to art, viewers may struggle to discern whether they’re looking at an impressionist masterpiece or out a heavily smudged window. Start your eye-training with today’s Groupon to Meadows Museum, located at Southern Methodist University. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get admission for two (up to a $16 value).
- For $14, you get admission for four (up to a $32 value).
- For $28, you get a Goya Friend annual membership (up to a $60 value), which includes the following:
- Two personalized membership cards, each valid for unlimited free admission to galleries and exhibits
- Invitations to members-only events
- Priority admission to some events
- Subscription to At the Meadows semi-annual publication
- Subscription to eCalendar event announcements
- 10% discount at Museum Shop<p>
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Inaugurated under the blessing of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Meadows Museum is a hub of classic and contemporary Spanish art, which is illustrated in its exhibits, collections, and special events, and it also enjoys the 37th spot on TripAdvisor’s list of 115 Things to Do in Dallas. Visitors can stroll or levitate through galleries adorned with majestic Baroque, Rococo, and Impressionist paintings created by legendary artists such as Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, and Diego Velázquez. Fountains herald the entrance to an outdoor plaza and sculpture garden, where four balconies overlook 20th century statuary and a moving sculpture, fashioned from 129 bronze-coated steel bars and 240 flying monkeys. Meadows Museum currently hosts the third of three pieces on loan from Madrid’s renowned Prado Museum, thanks to a partnership with the storied facility.
A slate of rotating exhibits regularly diversifies the museum’s line-up. Current displays include Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan, which showcases ancient Buddhist sculptures found in caves in northeast China. Like a vanity-plate tattoo, permanent collections flaunt Texas-made art and also feature creations from Southern Methodist University alumni. At the Museum Shop, members can flex their 10% discount on a smattering of books, jewelry, and art kits.
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.