From performing arts centers to cultural venues to museums, the arts and culture scene is rich and varied in Dallas, a city that lays claim to the nation's largest urban arts district. Grab tickets to a show, check out some of the museums that offer free admission and immerse yourself in the city's display of diverse exhibitions and galleries.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas' Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to masterpieces from the world's most renowned artists — de Kooning to Matisse, Rodin to Picasso. In addition to the rotating exhibitions from the Nasher collection, the light-drenched galleries play host to artist lectures, chamber music concerts, sculpture classes and an elevated café. The building and sculpture garden were designed to blend the indoor galleries with the natural environment, providing a peaceful retreat from the clamor of the city.
2001 Flora St., nashersculpturecenter.org
NorthPark is perhaps best known as a retail destination for the world's top luxury brands, but it's also home to artworks of immense style and scale from masters such as Mark di Suvero and Frank Stella. The airy, minimalist complex is a favorite haunt among tourists and locals. Often called Dallas' Central Park and with nearly 200 stores, 38 restaurants, and 15 movie theaters, there’s a slice of culture for all comers.
8687 North Central Expressway, northparkcenter.com
Dallas Museum of Art
The Museum of Art in Dallas is the only general art museum in North Texas and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 24,000 works spanning 7,000 years of human history. With an immense footprint in the center of the Arts District, the museum has seen recent updates that include a dining hall and outdoor lawn and sculpture garden with ubiquitous soothing water features.
1717 North Harwood St., dma.org
Modern Museum of Art Fort Worth
The Modern Museum of Art Fort Worth (known by locals as simply "The Modern") is the oldest fine arts institution in Texas. Housed in an exquisite modernist building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern stands at the center of Fort Worth's diverse art and architecture district. Works by midcentury masters such as Anselm Kiefer, Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter are on permanent display.
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, themodern.org
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Opened in September 2019, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum's three-story, copper-clad building is the latest addition to the city's eclectic cultural dossier. The project began in a basement in 1977 under the aegis of survivors who had resettled in Dallas. There are now major exhibits honoring Holocaust victims, including a VR installation with the hologram of survivor Max Glauber, as well as other significant human rights narratives.
301 N. Houston St., dhhrm.org