Where to experience free art in Dallas

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Free Arts and Culture Activities in Dallas

No matter your budget, Dallas will show you spectacular art. Start in the Dallas Arts District for free admission at several locations and don't leave without checking out some amazing performance venues and sculpture gardens. 

Stroll through 68 acres of art

The Dallas Arts District is the nation’s largest continuous urban arts district and home to an abundant of museums, festivals and live performance venues. Enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art or the Crow Museum of Asian Art, which both offer free admission. Plus with the Arts District only steps away from Klyde Warren Park, there are plenty of opportunities for more exciting and free activities like fitness classes, lectures series, concerts and more.

Enjoy history with Samurai masterpieces

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection brings ten centuries of craftsmanship as one of the world’s only museums dedicated to samurai art with suits of armor, helmets, masks and weaponry. What makes this fine collection of Japanese armor a Dallas must-see is its location. The museum sits in a historic 1920s elementary school building, before it was transformed into a museum and Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar.

Explore the Orient

The Crow Museum of Asian Art is a breathtaking display of sculpture, artifacts and paintings dedicated to the arts of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Its centerpiece is a serene sculpture garden that houses 15 contemporary and historical works nestled amongst bamboo, maples, azaleas and pine trees. Inside, the museum features permanent and rotating exhibitions, lectures and gallery talks, wellness programs and special events.

See the Economy in Action

The Economy in Action is a free exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays, learn about the Federal Reserve, money and the economy.

Talk folk art with the best

View one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the nation at the African American Museum. Located in Fair Park, the museum hosts several traveling exhibits including an ongoing display of Black renaissance paintings, decorative arts, handmade quilts and photographs, showcasing African American culture and history.

Shop with art

NorthPark Center not only has a variety of shops, including high-end boutiques, mainstream department stores and only-in-Dallas shops, but the mall also houses an impressive art collection. The art collection includes various imaginative sculptures and major works of art from artists like Andy Warhol and Mark di Suvero. Additionally, the mall provides a complimentary guide of NorthPark art to view at your leisure, while you shop.

Study Abstract Art

One of the first of its kind, the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art displays one of the biggest collections of MADI art. The museum displays colorful, breathtaking paintings and sculptures, as well as offers insight to the 1940s international abstract art movement.

Check out the Art Galleries in the Design District

Home to various art galleries and exhibits, the Design District is blooming with free art. Explore the Dallas Contemporary, which features imaginative exhibits, as well as a rich collection of some of the best contemporary artwork from local and world-renowned artists. Or visit the Goss-Michael Foundation which curates exhibitions with a rotating selection of artwork.

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Last updated on 05/03/2019.