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Dallas Museum of Art

With film nights, book readings and live music, it’s easy to forget this museum has a world-class permanent collection, with free entry.

A bright red steel structure is the first thing you will see when you arrive at the Dallas Museum of Art. Ave, by Mark di Suvero, is a stunning welcome and a taste of the exciting exhibits in store among the museum’s more than 20,000 pieces spread across four floors. Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on a thorough, full day of browsing. 

Find contemporary art from 1945 on the first floor. Admire works by renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock, Anish Kapoor and Francis Bacon. Step back in time on the second floor, with classic Roman and Greek objects and artifacts, as well as European art and sculpture. 

The third floor is dedicated to African art, mostly from the 16th to 20th centuries. Next door to this is the Reves Collection, one of the museum’s jewels. The 16,500-square-foot (1,533-square-meter) room is designed to resemble the French villa of Hungarian writer Emery Reves and his wife Wendy, where this collection once resided. It also features some of the biggest names in European art, such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. 

American art is on the fourth floor. The pieces here span three centuries and hail from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

Families should not miss the C3 area where you learn about art by interacting with it. Children under 4 can build with blocks, play with dollhouses and puppets, and look at art in books. The Young Learners Gallery is for kids aged 5 to 8, while in the Art Studio all ages are welcome to create a masterpiece.

Other programs include Gallery Talk, a free 45-minute presentation given every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. It starts at the Visitor Services Desk and tours a different gallery every week. Time your Dallas visit to catch Late Nights, when the museum opens until midnight, every third Friday of the month. 

The museum is open daily except Mondays and select national holidays. There is an on-site café.

Popular Activities at Dallas Museum of Art

Get the most out of your time spent at Dallas Museum of Art. Here is a list of the top things to do:

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Omni Dallas Hotel $152
Omni Dallas Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and West End Station is 9 minutes.

    Lorenzo Hotel $129
    Lorenzo Hotel

    Lorenzo Hotel

    1011 S Akard St, Dallas, TX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cedars, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dallas City Hall and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Reunion Tower and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cedars Station is 8 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 10 minutes.

      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown $71
      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

      1015 Elm St, Dallas, TX
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Renaissance Tower and Dallas World Aquarium. Sixth Floor Museum and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Akard Station and West End Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas $125
        Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas

        Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas

        1907 Elm St, Dallas, TX
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Majestic Theater and Dallas Museum of Art. Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. St Paul Station is only a 3-minute walk and Akard Station is 7 minutes.

          Fairmont Dallas $143
          Fairmont Dallas

          Fairmont Dallas

          1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dallas Arts District, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dallas Museum of Art and Victory Park. Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 10 minutes. St Paul Station is 6 minutes by foot and Akard Station is 7 minutes.

            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown $127
            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

            1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Dallas, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renaissance Tower and Majestic Theater. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is 5 minutes by foot and St Paul Station is 8 minutes.

              Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown $80
              Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

              Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

              1700 Commerce, Dallas, TX
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Majestic Theater, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and Dallas World Aquarium. Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art are also within 15 minutes. St Paul Station is 6 minutes by foot and Akard Station is 8 minutes.

                The Joule $209
                The Joule

                The Joule

                1530 Main St, Dallas, TX
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renaissance Tower and Majestic Theater. Dallas World Aquarium and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is only a 5-minute walk and St Paul Station is 7 minutes.