5 Best Dallas Museums for Families

Jocelyn Murray September 3, 2011 No Comments

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The third largest city in Texas, Dallas is a bustling hub for businesses, sports and the arts. It boasts fantastic museums that take visitors on an enlightening expedition through art, history, science and human innovation that has had a vital role in shaping our world and broadening our perspectives. Listed alphabetically, the following five museums are a treat for families who either live in the Dallas area, or who plan on visiting. Don’t miss these wonderful museums.

Dallas Firefighter’s Museum

Dallas Firefighter's Museum

Among the many wonderful artifacts at the Dallas Firefighter's Museum is this 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named “Old Tige”

A vocation that has always fired up children’s imaginations is firefighting. And the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum is a terrific place to indulge their curiosity on this subject. Located in a beautifully maintained building from 1907 that houses one of Dallas’s original fire stations, the Dallas Firefighter’s Museum showcases a variety of equipment and artifacts that includes an 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named “Old Tige,” an America LaFrance engine from 1924, and a punch-tape and board system dating back to 1926. Children and parents alike will enjoy exploring the displays with tools, helmets, uniforms and photos, as well as climbing aboard a fire engine from 1951. For more information on this lovely museum visit their website at www.dallasfiremuseum.com

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

The Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art provides exciting interactive experiences that feature painting, sketching, and other engaging activities

The Dallas Museum of Art is a wonderful venue to inspire the creative minds in children and adults through its permanent collections, special exhibits and a host of enriching programs for all ages. From sculpture and paintings to decorative arts and objects, the beautiful collections span ancient to modern day times and include works from Europe, Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s Center for Creative Connections provides exciting interactive experiences with art and artists, paying special attention to the museum’s own collections. Families will also enjoy tours, films, weekly live jazz concerts, and a variety of classes and workshops that feature painting, sketching, and other engaging activities. For more information on this wonderful museum visit www.dallasmuseumofart.org

Frontiers of Flight Museum 

Frontiers of Flight Museum

The Frontiers of Flight Museum boasts a large collection of artifacts and aircraft that includes the Apollo 7 Command Module

The Frontiers of Flight Museum takes visitors on a remarkable journey through aviation history from the Wright brothers, to aircraft from World War I & II, hot air balloons and Zeppelins, commercial flights, and the space program. The museum boasts a large collection of artifacts and aircraft that includes hundreds of models, uniforms, helmets, propellers, engines and photographs. There is the Apollo 7 Command Module, relics from the LZ-129 Hindenburg, and components from the U.S. Navy airship Akron. Fascinating tours and informative kiosks help bring history alive with a special focus on the people and events that have contributed to the aviation and aerospace community. For more information on this museum visit their website at www.flightmuseum.com

Museum of the American Railroad

Museum of the American Railroad - Big Boy

The massive Union Pacific steam locomotive “Big Boy” stood among the most powerful in the world during its heyday

For a fascinating voyage back to a time when the American railroad blazed a path through our Nation’s history and culture, visit the Museum of the American Railroad. Formerly located in Dallas, the museum recently moved to Frisco – about 30 minutes away – with plenty more space and programs. Visitors can climb aboard and tour these important legacies: like the plush Pullman sleeping cars with their luxurious accommodations, or the massive Union Pacific steam locomotive “Big Boy” that stood among the most powerful in the world during its heyday. The museum’s collection includes passenger cars, diesel-electric locomotives, steam locomotives, an electric locomotive and freight car. For more information visit their website at www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org

Museum of Nature & Science

Museum of Nature & Science - mechanical dinosaurs

The mechanical dinosaurs at the Museum of Nature & Science thrill viewers with their extraordinarily lifelike sounds and movements

The Museum of Nature & Science encompasses the merging of the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Science Place, and the Dallas Children’s Museum. It boasts a fantastic array of exhibits and collections, a planetarium, IMAX® Theater, wonderful programs for children and families, and interactive and hands-on activities that “inspire minds through nature and science,” as their mission states. Explore dinosaur fossils and specimens, live animals from insects to small mammals and reptiles, watch a thrilling IMAX film, gaze at the stars in the universe, learn about farming, the human body, and so much more at this fantastic museum. For more information visit their website at www.natureandscience.org

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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