Be inspired: Dallas is home to world-class museums exhibiting timeless works by highly talented artists from around the globe.
The Trinity River Project continues to positively impact the city and the Dallas skyline. The prominent neofuturistic Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is at the head of the project, designing a series of three sister bridges. The first two creations: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (2012) and the soon-to-be complete neighboring Margaret McDermott Bridge (2017) are already leaving their mark on Dallas. When the third bridge is erected, Dallas will be one of two cities in the world showcasing three Calatrava bridges.
One of the most expansive stadiums ever to be built, AT&T Stadium is a modern marvel located west of Dallas in the city of Arlington and the official home to the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, one of the most visible and successful sports entities in the world. This $1.2 billion dollar football stadium, currently the largest stadium in the NFL (with a seating capacity of 85,000), spared no expense to create a luxurious facility. With more than 300 suites, numerous different clubs, a retractable roof that can open and close in 12 minutes, and the tallest movable glass in the world, this facility is unrivaled by any current stadium. The scoreboard, suspended 90 feet over the field, features four video boards that face out in each direction so that everyone in the stadium has an easy view of the giant 1080i HD screens.
The unique compact, vertical orientation of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, climbing 12 stories into the Dallas skyline, was designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX and Rem Koolhaas of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The theater, home to the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, is a prime destination for music and theatre enthusiasts.
Nestled in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is hailed as the most significant performing arts center built since Lincoln Center in New York City. The center is home to the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster and Partners with Briton Spencer de Grey as chief architect. The facility, a traditional horseshoe shape, was engineered specifically for opera and musical theater performances. The center is also home to Sammons Park, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park.
Downtown Dallas boasts five buildings designed by I .M. Pei, recognized as the last master of high modernist architecture. Having received the Pritzker Prize in 1983, the “Nobel Prize of Architecture,” I.M. Pei became an in-demand architect whose creations can be found around the world. Best known for being the mastermind behind the iconic Louvre in Paris, I.M. Pei’s signature architectural presence in Dallas includes the Dallas City Hall, Fountain Place, One Dallas Centre, Energy Plaza, and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, home to 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibitions throughout the year, delivers hours of fun for children, adults and life-long learners alike. Learn the history of the building – a $185 million project designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne – in a gallery spanning its conception to present day. Catch a view of Downtown Dallas from the museum's glass-encased elevator as you work your way up to the top floor and back down.
The Latino Cultural Center serves at the regional promoter of Latino arts and culture via special events, art galleries, and fun activities that aim to fuel local interest in the region. Renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta's unique design along with the lively purple and orange exterior of this center perfectly embodies the vibrant cultures of Latin America, something is definitely worth admiring.
The Kalita Humphreys Theater is a historic theater designed by legendary American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Being one of Wright's last completed creations (1959), the theater is today one of Dallas' architectural highlights and a popular performance arts venue.
Private home of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, the fittingly named Rachofsky House is a testament to modern architecture. 1984 Pritzker Prize Laureate, renowned abstract artist and architect, Richard Meier incorporates the surrounding landscape, keen contemporary art, and geometric architectural design to create a truly spectacular must see creation. Inside, an art gallery featuring over 800 works of contemporary art further accentuates the home's allure.
Established in 1903, the museum is a central figure in the vibrant Dallas Arts District in Downtown Dallas. Holding more than 22,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history, the DMA is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and welcomes more than 650,000 visitors annually. Enjoy its diverse spectrum of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, literary events and presentations.
The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. The 55,000-square-foot space is enclosed by a glass fascade, providing continuous views from the street, through the building and across the length of the 1.4 acre outdoor gallery and garden.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is one of only a handful of museums in the country dedicated solely to the arts and cultures of Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. Experience a peaceful world of beauty and spirituality in the heart of the city with pieces dating from 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century. Don't miss a glimpse at precious jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls and a rarely seen 2-by-28 foot sandstone façade of an 18th century Indian residence.
The Dallas Contemporary Museum houses works by local and international artists. While it’s not an art-collecting museum, the museum is consistently showcasing exciting galleries that aim to engage visitors. Various exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs highlight the museum's active participation in the Dallas community, making this museum an essential part of the Dallas art scene.
A division of Southern Methodist University's Meadow School of the Arts, the Meadows Museum aims to foster a better understanding of art and appreciation of its historical importance. Its founding permanent collection of 15th - 20th century art from Spain, one of the most extensive outside of the Iberian nation, as well as special exhibitions and sculpture garden.
This one of a kind art museum focuses on the Christian and Jewish themes present in works of art around the world. Over 2,500 works by artists like Andy Warhol, John Singer Sargent and Marc Chagall as well as a vast collection of religiously affiliated artifacts, further heighten the purpose of this museum.
The history of the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art began in 2003 when Bill and Dorothy Masterson, lifelong supporters of the arts, were introduced to the innovative MADI art movement. The Movement, Abstraction, Dimension, and Invention (MADI) concept originated in Argentina in the mid-20th century and is characterized by its very eccentric nature. Over 700 geometric eye-catching works by talented artists from around the world are perfectly embodied in the galleries in the distinctive funky exterior façade of this site.
The only one of its kind in the Southwest, this museum promotes an educational approach to the African American art scene. By making use of various types of expositions the museum exhibits works that highlight the talented and culturally rich nature of the African/African American community.
While the main focus of Northpark Center is to provide an upscale shopping experience, the mall has considered art an integral component ever since its inception. Major contemporary works by world renowned artists, like Andy Warhol, are displayed throughout the complex, thus making this a truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
Located fifteen minutes west of Downtown Dallas, The Palace of Wax features over 200 life-like wax figures of celebrities and historical figures like Michael Jackson, Superman, and Barack Obama. Ripley's Believe It or Not! has 12 eye-popping galleries housing hundreds of oddities and artifacts from around the world including shrunken heads, two headed animals, and vampire killing kits.
The LAB ART Texas locale is one of only two of its kind in the nation. Housing the largest street art collective in the country, the site hopes to foster greater appreciation for the art's modern concept. The fact that Dallas was chosen as a haven for such type of art, exemplifies the modern and artistic tendencies of the city.
The Latino Cultural Center serves at the regional promoter of Latino arts and culture via special events, art galleries, and fun activities that aim to fuel local interest in the region. The lively purple and orange exterior of this center perfectly embodies the vibrant cultures of Latin America and something definitely worth admiring.
The Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico represents the large Hispanic community in Dallas and its resultant cultural contribution to society. The main focus of the organization is to instill a sense of cultural pride and value via the study of traditional Mexican dance forms. Since 2004, it has been a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and is today the most prestigious Folklorico company in the region.
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre is another resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The mission of the company is to create and produce high-level modern contemporary dance and to express a diverse and multi-ethnic background. The troupe has proven extremely successful, having performed in over 30 states and 14 countries, spanning five continents!
The Dallas International Film Festival recently celebrated its 9th annual gala featuring more than 160 films from 32 countries. The festival celebrates the art of film promoting international creations in the Dallas region, while also serving as a platform for local filmmakers to an international scene.