5 Must-See Museums In Dallas

When you plan your trip to Dallas, you're probably thinking of all the great food you'll eat, the world-class shopping, and the night life. We think you should also consider visiting our museums! Dallas has a variety of museums for the traveling historian and the casual observer alike. Whether you're interested in culture, history, exhibitions, or art, you can find them all in Dallas. 


Below are five museums with significant collections. If you're in town and make time to visit you won't be dissappointed. See our guide below for descriptions, times, website information, and more - and be sure to check the websites for information on holiday hours, if applicable. Happy exploring!


JFK Sixth Floor Museum 

Website: http://www.jfk.org/

411 Elm Street

Dallas, TX 75202

(214) 747-6660


Monday 12pm-6pm

Tuesday – Sunday 10am-6pm

JFK 6th Floor Museum


The Museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Our exhibits explore the life, assassination and legacy of JFK within the context of 1960s history and culture. This rich multi-media experience encourages cross-generation communication—fostering interest, knowledge and understanding. Our exhibits explore the life, assassination and legacy of JFK within the context of 1960s history and culture. This rich multi-media experience encourages cross-generation communication—fostering interest, knowledge and understanding.


International Museum of Cultures

Website: http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/

411 U.S. Highway 67

Southbound Frontage Rd.

Duncanville, TX 75137

(972) 572-0462



Monday - Friday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Saturday By Appointment

Sunday Closed

Cambodian Masks At International Museum Of Cultures


The International Museum of Cultures provides a venue of opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cultures through programs, seminars and exhibits. The current Exhibits at IMC include Drums of the World, Languages and People of Mexico, The Ngbaka Educate Their Own, The Yi of China, & The Cofan Fight for Literacy. Stop by and see us today!


George Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

Website: https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/

2943 SMU Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75205


Box Office: (214) 200-4306.


Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.


George W. Bush Presidential Library


Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.


Housed inside the Bush Center, the Library features a 20-foot-tall, 360-degree high-definition video wall; a full-size replica of White House Oval Office; and the original White House Situation Room, now the setting for a unique, interactive educational experience for students. Among the 43,000 artifacts held at the Library, the “Nation Under Attack” exhibit displays steel from the World Trade Center that visitors may touch, the bullhorn President Bush used to address the crowd at Ground Zero, and letters he received in the days following the attacks. Almost 70 million pages of textual materials, more than 1,200 cubic feet of audiovisual materials, just over 3.8 million photographs, 227 cubic feet of photo negatives, approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records, and about 200 million email messages are also housed at the Library.


Dallas Holocaust Museum 

Website: http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/

211 N. Record St. Suite 100 

Dallas, TX 75202

(214) 741-7500



Monday – Friday 9:30AM—5:00PM

Saturday – Sunday 11:00AM—5:00PM

Closed on major national and Jewish holidays


Dallas Holocaust Museum


Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas’ Historic West End, the Museum hosts more than 70,500 visitors in 2015, among them 34,000 school children. A top-rated attraction in North Texas, the Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Museum has been recognized for its compelling and creative programming, internationally recognized exhibits, and world-class speakers. North Texas is home to about 125 survivors, refugees and hidden children from the Holocaust. Dedicated members and volunteers throughout the region and the state generously support the Museum every year.


National Scouting Museum 

Website: http://www.bsamuseum.org

1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane

Irving, TX 75038

(800) 303-3047


Monday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Boy Scouts Of America Museum


Established in 1959, the National Scouting Museum is the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. The Museum is committed to preserving the rich, 100+ year history of the Scouting movement by collecting, organizing, preserving and displaying some of Scouting's greatest treasures. This collection not only documents Scouting's unique influence on American culture, but also tells the story of a movement that has touched more than 110 million young people. Make sure to visit before we move our operation to New Mexico. For more information on our upcoming move check out our latest press release: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/irving/2016/12/05/boy-scouts-plan-move-national-museum-irving-new-mexico

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30 May 2017

By Daniel Mason