Arlington Museums & Historic Sites
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The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has a wealth of cultural centers and museums most of which are less than 20 miles from the Admiral Hotel Arlington. Two of the Arlington museums include the Arlington Museum of Art (3.6 mi) and the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum (4.3 mi), which preserves the history of American Airlines and commercial flight.
In Dallas, the Arts District and Fair Park are home to many museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art (17.6 mi) and the Nasher Sculpture Center (17.8 mi) in the Arts District, and the Dallas Museum of Natural History (20.1 mi) and the Science Place (19.3 mi) in Fair Park to name a few.
Fort Worth also has several famous museums, including the Amon Carter Museum (20.1 mi), which features a fantastic collection of Western Art and one of the top five photography collections in the nation. Another top Fort Worth museum is the spectacular Kimbell Art Museum (20.3 mi), known for its architectural design as well as its artistic collections.
Read our list of Dallas/Fort Worth museums and Arlington museums for more information on these and other museums.
Arlington Museums & Historic Sites listed by distance from hotel:
Arlington Area Museums
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame 1.6 mi
621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX (817) 649-5105
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame allows visitors to explore the 5,000 year history of bowling from its roots in ancient Egypt until the present. In the Hall of Fame section, learn about the great champs of bowling. And afterwards, enjoy the hands-on at Bowlopolis™, experience for fun.
Ripley's Grand Prairie 3.5 mi
601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX (972) 263-2391
Four amazing attractions in one building, including Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Ripley's Enchanted Mirror Maze, and Ripley's Laser Race. Ripley's Grand Prairie offers fun for the entire family. A gift shop and concessions are also located onsite.
Arlington Museum of Art 3.6 mi
201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX (817) 275-4600
The Arlington Museum of Art is free to the public and is considered by many to be the best kids art experience in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Exhibits featured here often receive statewide and national recognition. The Museum hosts about 18,000 visitors annually and offers a variety of educational programs for children, families and adults both young and old.
C R Smith Museum 4.3 mi
4601 Highway 360, Fort Worth, TX (817) 967-1560
The American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum preserves the history of American Airlines and interprets the air transportation industry through hands-on learning and displays. One of the few museums in the world dedicated solely to commercial aviation, the C.R. Smith Museum is committed to education, and collects artifacts and archival materials that are suitable for its educational and exhibit programs.
Frontier Gallery of Western Art 4.5 mi
615 E. Abram St., Suite A, Arlington, TX
Frontier Gallery is a unique western art gallery and proud licensee of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. On display are many fine limited-edition prints, sculptures, western memorabilia and collectibles, and expert custom framing.
Arlington Historical Society 4.7 mi
1616 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX (817) 460-4001
The Historic Fielder House is the home of the Arlington Historical Society and the Fielder Museum. The two-story house was built in 1914 on a 215-acre farm and was one of the first brick homes in Arlington. The galleries at the Fielder house are used primarily to exhibit themes and topics relating to the history of Arlington and its surrounding communities. Permanent exhibits include a medical room, barber shop and a replica steam train located in the basement. The museum houses a permanent display of local artifacts including the extensive J. W. Dunlop collection of over 200 early local photographs.
Knapp Heritage Park 4.7 mi
201 West Front St., Arlington, TX (817) 460-4001
Knapp Heritage Park contains three of Arlington's oldest structures, which date to the mid-1800s. Providing insights into pioneer life in this area, the Park consists of a one room schoolhouse, a one room cabin, a dog trot cabin, and the Bardin barn. There is a general store located in James Knapp's law office. The annual Front Street Festival is held here, which features living history re-enactments, featuring local artisans and craftsmen.
The Planetarium at UT Arlington 5.4 mi
493 West 3rd Street, Arlington, TX (817) 272-1183
The Planetarium at UT Arlington has a 60ft diameter dome and a state of the art projection system. Audiences can view a variety of shows and exhibitions, including the way stars look in the nighttime sky, the views inside a mysterious black hole or inside the human body and even lights and music with rock N roll shows.
The Gallery at UT Arlington 5.5 mi
Fine Arts Building
502 S. Cooper St. Arlington, TX
The Gallery at UTA is the primary exhibition space at UTA and hosts important regional and national shows year-round. An additional gallery, Gallery West, is managed by students as a venue for exhibiting the work of emerging artists. These galleries have annual events like a glass art sale and exhibition openings that have become quite popular in north Texas.
Museum of Information Technology at Arlington 5.8 mi
1012 Portofino Drive, Arlington, TX (817) 274-2210
The Museum of Information Technology at Arlington shows what early computers looked like, how they worked and how they have developed over the years. Dedicated to preserving the history of the computer and the role of computer technology in our daily lives, MITA preserves artifacts of information processing technology and displays them to the public for educational purposes.
National Scouting Museum 9.4 mi
1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX (972) 580-2100
The National Scouting Museum preserves, collects, organizes, and displays Scouting's treasures-documenting the movement's unique influence on American culture and the lives of more than 110 million people. Exhibits include the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell Scouting artwork and works by other artists, the BSA History Theater, the Scouting History and Memorabilia Exhibit, the National Scout Jamboree Exhibit, Scout Reservation Trail, Cub Scout Adventure World, and many more fun areas, exhibits and activities.
Texas Fire Museum 11.7 mi
2600 Chalk Hill Road, Dallas, TX (214) 267-1867
Experience the history of fire fighting at the Texas Fire Museum with over 60 exhibits of antique fire fighting apparatus.
International Museum of Cultures 13.9 mi
7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas, TX (972) 709-2406
The International Museum of Cultures is filled with dioramas, photos and other exhibits that depict life in other parts of the world. Visitors are exposed to the diverse cultures of the world as well as to the things which all cultures have in common.
American Museum of Miniature Arts 17.1 mi
2001 North Lamar Street Dallas, TX (214) 969-5502
The American Museum of Miniature Arts offers intriguing displays of miniatures, including dollhouses, antique toys, dioramas and miniature street scenes, all shown is stunning detail. Exhibits range from a 1690 English country house to a 1960 bachelor's pad.
The Sixth Floor Museum (President John F. Kennedy) 17.3 mi
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX (214) 653-6666
The Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the life, times, death, and legacy of John F. Kennedy and the impact his death had on the nation and the world. Nearly 400 photographs, 45 minutes of documentary films, artifacts, graphs, charts, and other related interpretive materials are on display. Almost 4,000,000 visitors have been to the museum since it opened in 1989.
Dallas Holocaust Museum 17.4 mi
211 N. Record Street, Dallas, Texas
The Dallas Holocaust Memorial Center opened in 1984 by an organization called Holocaust Survivors in Dallas. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity.
Dallas Museum of Art 17.6 mi
1717 N Harwood Dallas, TX (214) 922-1200
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), a major regional art museum, is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. It features 110,000 square feet of exhibition space filled with over 23,000 works of art from around the world ranging from ancient to modern times. Along with an interactive learning center, the DMA also hosts a variety of community outreach programs, including Late Nights (a host of late night activites), Arts & Letters Live (a lecture series), Jazz Under the Stars (free outdoor jazz concert series), and Thursday Night Live (jazz concerts, dinner and drinks, and other activities).
Old City Park 17.8 mi
1717 Gano Street, Dallas, Texas (214) 428-5448
Old City Park features 38 historic structures from the years 1840-1910, including a working farm, a traditional Jewish household, elegant Victorian homes, a school, a church & commercial buildings. Old City Park is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Dallas and is open year round.
Nasher Sculpture Center 17.8 mi
2001 Flora Street, Dallas TX (214) 242-5100
The Nasher Sculpture Center is located in the Dallas Arts District next to the Dallas Museum of Art. It features modern and contemporary sculptures in a 55,000 square foot building and outdoors in the 2-acre garden. In addition to indoor and outdoor gallery spaces, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and a store. On display in the Galleries and Garden are rotating exhibits from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions from other museums and private collections.
Crow Collection of Asian Art 17.8 mi
2010 Flora Street, Dallas TX (214) 979-6430
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the Dallas Arts District and is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Admission is free and free tours are offered at special times during the week.
Frontiers of Flight 19.0 mi
Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, TX (214) 350-1651
The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas at Love Field takes visitors on a journey through time to the early days of flight, through the Golden Age of Flight, World War II and into the modern age of jets and rockets. Visitors will also learn about the contributions the Dallas/Ft. Worth area made to aviation and why it is called the Aviation Capital of the World. Exhibits include rare artifacts, a biplane and hundreds of models, uniforms, decorations, engines and propellers.
Age of Steam Railroad Museum 19.0 mi
1105 Washington Street, Dallas, TX (214) 428-0101
The Age of Steam Railroad Museum is located in Fair Park in Dallas and is one of the finest railroad museums in the southwest United States. It features one of the oldest and most complete heavyweight passenger car collections in the United States with a complete pre-World War II passenger train that includes a Railway Post Office and baggage car, coaches, lounge cars, Pullman sleeping cars and a dining car. The Age of Steam Railroad Museum displays over thirty pieces of historic railroad equipment including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, cabooses, historic structures, and assortment of small artifacts.
African-American Museum 19.2 mi
3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 565-9026
This multimillion-dollar African American Museum is located at Fair Park in Dallas and is one of park's newer complexes. It is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to African American art, culture and history. The museum features rotating exhibits and the largest collection of folk art in the US. Collections include African Art, African American Fine Art, the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, and the Historical Collection and Archives.
The Science Place 19.3 mi
3535 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX
1318 S. 2nd Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 428-7200
The Science Place in Fair Park is one of the most compelling and unique museums in the Southwest United States. It offers three areas of specialization, including exhibit halls, a planetarium, and an IMAX® Theater. It also hosts the oldest science preschool in the southwest. The Science Place is committed to science, math, and technology education for all ages and features over 200 hands-on exhibits, larger than life films, impressive light shows and exciting soundscapes.
The Women's Museum 19.3 mi
3800 Parry Avenue, Dallas TX
The Women's Museum celebrates the lives, accomplishments and achievements of women and is the nation's first comprehensive women's history museum. The museum chronicles the lives of more than 3,000 American women using state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to explore their contributions throughout American history, examine the similarities and differences among women's lives across time.
Dallas Firefighters Museum 19.3 mi
3801 Parry Ave. Dallas, TX (214) 821-1500
The Dallas Firefighters Museum boasts a fantastic collection of old firetrucks including 'Old Tige,' a 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named after then mayor W.L. Cabell and a 1936 ladder truck. Children can climb on a hook and ladder truck as well as view over 100 years of firefighting history thru a collection of extinguishers, helmets, suits, uniforms, etc.
Dallas Historical Society Hall of State 20.1 mi
Fair Park Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500
The Dallas Historical Society Hall of State preserves rare Dallas and Texas-related three-dimensional objects, including James Fannin's watch and Santa Anna's Texas Campaign medal. The G.B. Dealey library holds more than ten thousand bound volumes and three million historic documents, including Sam Houston's handwritten account of the battle of San Jacinto. The Hall of State is located in Fair Park in Dallas.
Dallas Museum of Natural History 20.1 mi
Fair Park Dallas, TX (214) 421-3466
The Dallas Museum of Natural History opened in 1936 and has played a significant role in showcasing the vast natural diversity of Texas. The current collection contains over 280,000 specimens that include the world's largest exhibition of Texas wildlife habitats, and the first mounted Texas dinosaur in Texas. The Museum is located in Fair Park in Dallas.
Meadows Museum 21.6 mi
5900 Bishop Boulevard, SMU Dallas, TX (214) 768-2516
The Meadows Museum was founded for the display and study of Spanish art and as an educational resource for the students and faculty of Southern Methodist University as well as the Dallas community. The Meadows Museum Collection includes over 500 works from the 10th through the 20th century, and forms one of the finest collections of Spanish art in the world. The museum also includes the Elizabeth Meadows Collection of 20th century sculpture, the University Art Collection and the Master of Fine Arts Collection. The Meadows Museum also presents a lively and diverse schedule of exhibitions and programs that cover a broader range of the history of art.
Dallas Children's Museum 24.6 mi
2040 Valley View Mall Dallas, TX (972) 386-6555
The Dallas Children's Museum provides opportunities for cultural exploration, dramatic play, outdoor activities, artistic endeavors, farm to market fun, and educational growth through its many fun and interactive exhibits. The Dallas Children's Museum is located in Valley View Center, a large shopping mall located on the Corner of Preston Road and LBJ Freeway (I-635).
Cavanaugh Flight Museum 26.8 mi
4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, Texas (972) 380-8800
The museum collects, maintains and flies an extensive collection of aircraft from World War I through Vietnam. These rare and significant aircraft comprise one of the largest private aviation collections in the country. The museum encompasses nearly 50,000 square feet of display area in four hangars containing aircraft, artwork, artifacts and a gift shop. The museum is located just north of Dallas, TX, in Addison on the grounds of Addison Airport.
The North Texas Automotive Museum 32.9 mi
677 W. Campbell Rd. North Dallas, TX
The NTX Automotive Museum has a large collection of Classic, Antique, Muscle, Hot Rod and Sports Cars on display year round. The Museum is divided in different sections ranging from our year round Mercedes Display, European Automobile section, Consignment vehicles and vehicles on loan by their owners.
Fort Worth Museums
National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame 14.5 mi
3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas
The National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame highlights the history of African-American, Hispanic and Native American contributions to the settling of the western United States as well as the U. S. Buffalo Soldiers and frontier men, women and children through artifact and works of arts.
Cattle Raisers Museum 17.5 mi
1301 W. 7th St. Fort Worth, TX (817) 332-8551
The Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth features entertaining, interactive exhibits that tell the story of the cattle and ranching industry in Texas and the Southwest. Visitors will learn about cattle barons, cowboys, Texas Rangers and rustlers, and see artifacts like cowboy boots and branding irons.
Modern Art Museum 18.7 mi
3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas (817) 738-9215 or (866) 824-5566 (toll free)
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was founded in 1892 and is the oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States. Located in Fort Worth's Cultural District, it features approximately 2,600 works of art in its permanent collection, including one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History 19.8 mi
1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX (888) 255-9300
At the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, visitors can unearth Texas fossils in DinoDig®, experience Fort Worth's past in Comin' Through Cowtown, play and discover in KIDSPACE®, visit the prehistoric backyard in Lone Star Dinosaurs, experiment in Hands on Science, discover and investigate in ExploraZone®. The museum also houses the Omni Theater and the Noble Planetarium.
Amon Carter Museum 20.1 mi
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX (817) 738-1933
The Amon Carter Museum offers visitors stunning displays of American art, from the first landscape painters of the 1830s to modern artists of the twentieth century.
Amon G. Carter's personal collection includes the finest and most comprehensive collection in the world by two of the best artists of the American West: Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works of many other artists are also on display, and the museum's photography collection ranks among the top five in the country, with more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints that cover the history of photography.
Kimbell Art Museum 20.3 mi
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX (817) 654-1034
The Kimbell Art Museum has received world-wide acclaim for both its building design and for its collection of artistic works. The building is considered one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of our time, and the small collection of less than 350 artistic works is equally impressive. Ranging in period from antiquity to the 20th century, the collection includes European masterpieces from Fra Angelico and Caravaggio to Cézanne and Matisse, and important collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican, and African arts. The Kimbell Art Museum also offers special exhibitions, publications, public programs and workshops.