More of the Best Museums in DFW


John Wayne: An American Experience | Image by NBC DFW

Last week, The Dallas Express published an article inspired by Thrillist’s compilation of the best museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Our readers were eager to offer their own nominations for the best museums in DFW. So, here’s an expansion of the best museums in Dallas list, with additions thanks to The Dallas Express‘ commenters.

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University was the most nominated museum by far. Its mission is “to be the leading center in the United States for exhibition, research, and education in the arts and culture of Spain,” according to the museum website.

The museum’s newest exhibit, In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, debuted Sunday and will be on display through June 18.

Admission to the Meadows is $12 for an adult ticket, but visitors can get in for free after 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art also comes recommended by readers of The Dallas Express. The museum is dedicated to the modern MADI art movement and contemporary geometric art.

The MADI movement originated in the 1940s, after World War II, and continues to this day, featuring the exploration of irregular shapes and alternative concave and convex forms.

The MADI museum admission is free to all, but donations are accepted.

The Museum of Biblical Arts was suggested by another reader of The Dallas Express. The museum houses “eleven galleries, The National Center for Jewish Art, Museum of Holocaust Art, European Art Treasury, an on-site Art Conservation Lab, Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden, and other major pilgrimage attractions,” according to the museum’s website.

One of the temporary exhibits on display is Barbara Hines’ Celebration of Survival, which features “impressionistic yet contemporary canvases incorporating gold leaf, metallic paint and actual soil from Israel,” as described on the museum website.

Standard admission for The Museum of Biblical Arts is $15, with discounts for children, senior citizens, and students.

John Wayne: An American Experience in Fort Worth was suggested by one commenter, who mentioned that it is the only place in the world you can get a close-up view of the taxidermied versions of Trigger and Bullet, Roy Rogers’ horse and dog.

The website describes the museum as an “intimate tour of the life of John Wayne.” It features a display of family photos and personal correspondence” curated by the Wayne family in order to give guests a holistic view of the icon.”

Adult admission to the museum is $20.95; tickets for children 6-12 are $16.95.

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19 days ago

Does the John Wayne museum have a section on how he dodged service in WWII? Does his documents indicate his belief that African Americans were not smart enough to manage their own lives? Don’t get me wrong I like the man’s on screen character but in real life he was not someone who should have his own museum.

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9 days ago

John Wayne was openly opposed to globalist Socialism/Marxism/Communism. The “woke” far-left is often “triggered” by this fact.

18 days ago

These sound like excellent museums in the DFW Metroplex. I always enjoyed going to museums myself, however, I’m not able to go anymore because of my health. One of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen was in New Orleans when the King Tut exhibit was there. We traveled there from Irving and took our school age children with us. It was amazing 🤩