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Dallas’ upscale ethos isn’t just found in its swanky restaurants and glitzy malls. The Big D has cool cultural offerings too. You can seek out intriguing historical sites, countless galleries, and a sprawling 68-acre Arts District brimming with performance venues and world-class museums.

 

Museums

 

Whether you’re a history buff, arts addict, or science nerd, you’re bound to find a museum to suit your tastes. You can join in the fun with interactive exhibits or step back in time to learn about the city’s rich history.

 

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

 

Undoubtedly a shining star among Dallas’ museums, this space features hands-on activities and educational games. It also has numerous permanent exhibits featuring fossils, engineering replicas, and interactive kiosks where you can learn about nature, the human body, and the universe.

 

2201 N Field Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 428 5555

 

Perot Museum of Nature and Science website
The Sixth Floor Museum

 

It might have seemed controversial to open a museum chronicling John F. Kennedy’s life, death, and legacy in the building from which he was assassinated, but this bold museum is a strong statement of admiration and respect for the former president. Located in the infamous Texas School Book Depository, the museum’s collection includes artefacts, films, and photographs.

 

411 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75202. Tel:+1 214 747 6660

 

The Sixth Floor Museum website

 

Dallas Arts District

 

Take a wander through Dallas Arts District and you’ll be overwhelmed with things to do and see. Choose from urban parks scattered with food trucks and summertime concerts or sculpture centers brimming with contemporary artwork.

 

Dallas Museum of Art

 

A major focal point of the Arts District, Dallas Museum of Art is home to a grand selection of decorative and fine art from all over the world, including pieces by Salvador Dali. The colorful Latin American department has a particularly impressive display of Mayan artefacts, and if you’re thinking of visiting with little ones, the museum offers regular craft-filled workshops and classes for kids.

 

1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 922 1200

 

Dallas Museum of Art website

 

Landmarks

 

Art Deco fans will delight at Dallas’ selection of 1930s buildings clustered in Fair Park while downtown Dallas is a feast of skyscrapers and historic sites. You can pay your respects to President Kennedy at the Memorial on Market Street, before heading sky-high for drinks in one of the city’s most famous buildings.

 

Reunion Tower

 

The lit-up golf ball-like sphere atop Reunion Tower is the unofficial symbol of Dallas. You can scale this piercing landmark by clambering up the staircase, but don’t worry: there’s a lift for those who fancy a quick ascent. Your reward will be 360 degree city views, interactive exhibits, and a top-class rotating restaurant and lounge.

 

300 Reunion Blvd East, Dallas TX 75207. Tel:+1 214 712 7040

 

Reunion Tower website

 

Performing arts

 

Dallas is a hub for the performing arts thanks to an array of schools and venues. A menu of opera, ballet, and jazz is available for culture vultures to feast on, and the focal point for this is an all-encompassing arts center.

 

AT&T Performing Arts Center

 

Covering 10 acres of the Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center showcases the best of Dallas’ music, theatre, and dance year-round within its indoor and outdoor performance venues. These include the swanky glass-fronted Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, and the ultra-modern Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

 

Venues across Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:+1 214 880 0202

 

AT&T Performing Arts Center website