1515 N. I-35 East
Desoto, TX 75115
Phone: (972) 224-9100
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Arts & Museums
This gallery, located in Oak Cliff, promotes both upcoming and known artists in the field of contemporary fine art. Set up in June 2004, by artist Steve Cruz, the gallery is a must visit for the art lover. Though it's open only on weekends, prior appointments can be fixed for other days. Past shows include 'The Miss Texas show', 'Welcome to Oak Cliff', 'Matchbox' and many more hits.
Dallas is a city rich in history and it is a town that has not forgotten that vivid tradition. Every Saturday Old City Park will examine a different aspect of Dallas' history with crafts, music and demonstrations, where each month will have a different theme."Historic Village", situated on 13 lush acres in Old City Park lets guests find out how folk in early Dallas and Texas lived at the turn-of-the century.
The historic Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park features lush, manicured gardens and a recreated Victorian-era town. Nestled near downtown, the expansive park is accentuated with beautiful homes and establishments. Volunteers demonstrate weaving, cooking and welding among other activities from that time period to those looking for an insight into Texan history. The site is an official history museum and is affiliated with The Dallas County Heritage Society. The society plays host to several events throughout the year; the annual Candlelight Country Fair and Old Fashioned Fourth of July draw major crowds.
The Old Red Courthouse is an outstanding feature of the Dallas County Historic Plaza. It was built in 1892 in Romanesque Revival style. It is constructed of rough-cut, Pecos Red Sandstone and trimmed in Arkansas blue granite. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a City of Dallas Landmark and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark. Four prior courthouses have graced the same location. The Old Red Courthouse contains the Old Red Museum.
This is a permanent exhibition of the tragic events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza opened in 1989 and is located in the Texas School Book Depository building, the site from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot the President. Displays include a moving overview of the time period, and the life and accomplishments of the 35th President of the United States. Enlarged police photographs, news footage, and audio tools allow visitors to learn about the tragic events of November 22, 1963.
No no, this is not another humdrum gallery with common artworks and dull exhibits! And you will know this as soon as you step in. The vibrant art space has the most extraordinary displays and exhibitions. Some of the past exhibitions have had futuristic themes like portable sculpture, needlecraft and collaged numbers. All the exhibitions are temporary and each beats the last one in terms of ground-breaking presentation! Do call in advance to fix up your appointment.
A wide variety of artifacts at this museum remind us of the tragedy which we must never forget. Among the graphic reminders on display is an actual boxcar that was used to transport victims to their death. Rotating exhibits from all over the world stop here on a regular basis. Call ahead to learn about the special current and upcoming displays. Tours led by a Holocaust survivor can be arranged by appointment.
Located in South Dallas, the Cultural Center displays African American art. The Center offers art classes and hosts a regular Marketplace, where original works of art are sold. It also has a theater facility as well as a gym where you can enjoy live jazz. Featuring a black box theater, a visual arts gallery and even studios for dance, the center's aim is encouraging creativity. Apart from artistic endeavors, a full service digital recording studio provides interested individuals with engaging programs in digital recording technology. However, creating an awareness of art of the African Diaspora seems to be the central focus of this place.
This museum is a completely hands-on exhibit. A variety of well-planned play areas give children the opportunity to shop for groceries, produce a puppet show, involve themselves in computer games and much more. Games, art and music areas abound with plenty of toys and will delight children of all ages with different interests. Call ahead for group rates and admission details. The staff is helpful enough to provide ample assistance.
The works of contemporary abstractionists, folk artists and photographers fill the Barry Whistler Gallery located in downtown Dallas, near City Hall. Barry was once curator of the Dallas Museum of Art. He opened his own gallery in 1986 with previous artists' shows including Helen Altman and the Art Guys. Other recent exhibitions have included Visions, featuring 14 contemporary artists, and Wet Paint, displaying the works of Michael Miller, Ann Stautberg, Lorraine Tady and Susan Wanklyn.
From eccentric to conventional, Capital L Arts And Entertainment encourages all forms of art. This is an unique art gallery which also takes the role of an event venue on several occasions. Theme-based events, music concerts, plays, etc that this place organizes keeps Dallas entertained all year round. In addition, the venue is also available for private parties and formal gatherings. If you wish to get a taste of Dallas's freshest art, Capital L Arts And Entertainment is the place to be.
In 2006, the Dallas Museum of Natural History and The Science Place merged into one institution. The Natural History Museum, founded in 1936, is collections-based and research-driven. It has a vast collection of rare and extinct wildlife; rocks and minerals; and the first mounted dinosaur in Texas. Archaeologists and paleontologists ensure the continued growth of each intricate exhibit as well as a deeper understanding of what it represents. Permanent exhibits include a paleontology lab, a wildlife diorama, Lagoon Nature Walk, and Prehistoric Texas. The Science Place, founded in 1946 as the Dallas Health Museum, takes a hands-on approach to learning. Exhibits include a dental gallery, dinosaur dig, physics gallery, medical gallery, electric theater and laser lab. The planetarium produces programs exploring the far reaches of space. The IMAX theater features true adventures in a larger-than-life format.