List of museums in North Texas

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The list of museums in North Texas encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are non-profit art galleries and exhibit spaces.

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North Texas[edit]

North Texas (also commonly called North Central Texas, Northeastern Texas and Nortex) is a distinct cultural and geographic area forming the central-northeastern section of the U.S. state of Texas. North Texas is generally considered to include the area south of Oklahoma, east of Abilene, and north of Waco. North Texas, being more precisely the northern part of the eastern portion of Texas.

The counties included are Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Cottle, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Foard, Grayson, Hardeman, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young County, Texas

Museums[edit]

North Texas museums
Museum name City County Type Summary/Refs
African American Museum of Dallas Dallas Dallas Art Includes African American folk art, African masks, sculptures, gold weights, and textiles, art reflecting African American culture and history[1]
American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Aviation History of American Airlines and the air transportation industry[2]
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth Tarrant Art American art, includes paintings, sculptures and photography[3]
Archer County Historical Museum Archer City Archer Local history Located in the former county jail[4][5]
Arlington Museum of Art Arlington Tarrant Art Focus is contemporary Texas art exhibitions[6][7]
ArtCentre of Plano Plano Collin Art [8]
Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum Greenville Hunt Local history Historical information about the cotton industry, and Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, Hunt County War Memorial on the grounds.[9]
Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House Fort Worth Tarrant Historic house [2]
Baylor County Museum Seymour Baylor Local history [10][11]
Barnard's Mill Art Museum Glen Rose Somervell Art Historic mill and art museum, operated by the Somervell History Foundation[12][13]
Bath House Cultural Center Dallas Dallas Multiple Includes a fine arts gallery and the White Rock Lake Museum with exhibits of natural history[14]
Bayless-Selby House Museum Denton Denton Historic house Victorian period home[15]
Ben Hogan Museum Dublin Erath Sports Life of golfer Ben Hogan[16]
Cattle Raisers Museum Fort Worth Tarrant History History of the cattle and ranching industry in Texas, located inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History[2][17]
Cavanaugh Flight Museum Addison Dallas Aviation Vintage aircraft, aviation heritage[18]
Chestnut Square Historic Village McKinney Collin Open air Includes six historic homes, a one-room school house, chapel and store, blacksmith shop, smoke house, and chapel[19][20]
City-County Heritage Museum Paducah Cottle Local history [21]
Clara Foster Slough Museum Enloe Delta Local History Home to many Enloe, Delta County and Sulphur River artifacts, as well as a genealogy center and library; also known as the Enloe Museum[22][23]
Clay County 1890 Jail Museum Henrietta Clay Prison Historic jail and keeper's residence, exhibits of local history[24]
Collin County Historical Museum McKinney Collin Local history Includes Civil War, pioneer life and farming exhibits, operated by the Collin County Historical Society[25]
Commemorative Air Force Wing Lancaster Dallas Aviation Located at Lancaster Airport[26][27][28]
Creative Arts Center Bonham Fannin Art Community arts center with exhibits[29]
Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum Denton Denton Local history History and culture of Denton County [15]
Creation Evidence Museum Glen Rose Somervell Creationist [12]
Crow Collection of Asian Art Dallas Dallas Art Arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia[30]
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Contemporary Dallas Dallas Art Contemporary art gallery exhibitions[31]
Dallas Firefighters Museum Dallas Dallas Firefighting Located in the former fire station opposite Fair Park[32]
Dallas Heritage Village Dallas Dallas Living Portrays life in North Texas from 1840–1910, located in the Cedars district[33][34]
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance Dallas Dallas History History of the Holocaust and the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity [31]
Dallas Museum of Art Dallas Dallas Art [31]
Denton County African American Museum Denton Denton African American [15]
Dinosaur Valley State Park Glen Rose Somervell Natural history Visitor center with dinosaur exhibits, park features dinosaur tracks[12]
Doss Heritage and Culture Center Weatherford Parker County Local history Exhibits include Mary Martin, Larry Hagman, Native Americans, early settlement, cattle drivers[35]
Dublin Bottling Works Dublin Erath Industry Historic working bottling works with W.P. Kloster Museum of Dr. Pepper memorabilia[36]
Dublin Historical Museum Dublin Erath Local history Operated by the Dublin Historical Society, includes exhibit of golfer Ben Hogan, collection of Big Little Book series books[37]
Eastland County Law Enforcement Museum Eastland Eastland Law enforcement located in the 1897 Eastland County Jail, once housing a Santa Claus Bank Robbery suspect.[38]
Eastland County Museum Eastland Eastland Local history located in the old Eastland National Bank Building.[38]
Eastland Outdoor Art Museum Eastland Eastland Art includes over 40 copies of famous artworks placed around town[38]
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site Denison Grayson Historic house Restored 1890s birthplace of President Dwight Eisenhower[39]
Ellis County Museum Waxahachie Ellis Local history [40][41]
Fannin County Museum of History Bonham Fannin Local history [42]
Farmers Branch Historical Park Farmers Branch Dallas Open air 27 acres, includes 1856 Gilbert House, a train depot, school, 1930s Dodson House, 1885 Victorian cottage, 1890s church[43]
Fielder House Arlington Tarrant Local history Operated by the Arlington Historical Society[44][45]
Fire Station No.1 Fort Worth Tarrant Local history Satellite museum of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History[2]
Fire Hall Museum Crowell Foard Local history [46]
Florence Ranch Homestead Mesquite Dallas Historic house Late 19th-century settler's homestead[47]
Fort Inglish Bonham Fannin History Replica mid 19th-century fort, includes a frontier cabin, a trading post, and blacksmith shop, open seasonally[48]
Fort Richardson State Park Jacksboro Jack Military Restored post-Civil War fort buildings[49]
Fort Worth Aviation Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Aviation History of North Texas aviation from the first flight to modern stealth aircraft. 25 aircraft and special exhibits on forward air control, World War One, military aviation, barnstormers, airlines, airports, World War Two, Consolidated B-36 and other locally made aircraft.[2][50]
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Fort Worth Tarrant Multiple Science, local history[2]
Frisco Heritage Museum Frisco Collin Local history Local history exhibits, period room and industry displays, Heritage Center village of historic homes, a log cabin, one room school house and church[51][52]
Frontiers of Flight Museum Dallas Dallas Aviation History behind the earliest aviators to modern astronauts, balloons and Zeppelins, the Wright brothers, World War I & II commercial and general flight and the ongoing space program[31]
Fuller House, Fuller House Euless Tarrant Historic house Restored Depression era house[53]
Gallery at UTA Arlington Tarrant Art Part of the Fine Arts building of the University of Texas at Arlington[54]
Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, W. K.W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas Thurber Erath Industry Operated by Tarleton State University, development of the coal, brick, and petroleum industries in the Thurber area[55]
Grapevine Historical Museum Grapevine Tarrant Local history Currently located in the visitor's information center depot that also includes the Grapevine Vintage Railroad operations, a blacksmith shop, the station house, and art galleries[56][57]
Grayson County Frontier Village Sherman Grayson Open air Recreated frontier village with many historic houses[58]
Hall of State Dallas Dallas Local history Exhibits of city history and culture, operated by the Dallas Historical Society
Harber Wildlife Museum Sherman Grayson Natural history Collection of big game animals in dioramas and African artifacts[59]
Hardeman County Historical Jail Museum Quanah Hardeman Prison Historic jail and keeper's residence[60]
Heard-Craig Center for the Arts McKinney Collin Historic house 1900 Heard-Craig House with family’s heirlooms, paintings, art objects, personal memorabilia and furniture[61]
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary McKinney Collin Natural history Includes Texas' venomous snakes, rocks, minerals and fossils, seashells and marine life, North Texas ecosystems, 289-acre wildlife sanctuary[19][62]
Heritage Farmstead Museum Plano Collin Living Blackland Prairie farm culture and history from about 1890 to 1920[63]
Hill County Cell Block Museum Hillsboro Hill Local history exhibits include Hill County native Willie Nelson, Native American artifacts, vintage clothing, and an actual cell block that was used until the 80s[64][65]
Hilton Museum, ConradConrad Hilton Museum Cisco Eastland Local history Building that housed the first Hilton Hotel, the Mobley Hotel; part of the building houses the Mobley Museum about Conrad Hilton and the Mobley Hotel[66][67]
Himes Log Cabin Euless Tarrant Historic house restored 1850s log cabin[53]
Hood County Jail and Museum Granbury Hood Local history old Western jail with local history exhibits[68]
Horton Classic Car Museum Nocona Montague Automotive Focus on American vintage, classic and muscle cars[69]
Interurban Railway Museum Plano Collin Transportation [63]
International Bowling Museum Arlington Tarrant Sports bowling history[44]
International Museum of Cultures Duncanville Dallas Anthropology Contemporary world cultures[70]
Irving Arts Center Irving Dallas Art Includes four galleries and a sculpture garden[71]
Jesuit Dallas Museum Dallas Dallas Art Part of the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, art from 5 continents and 25 countries, spanning 2000 years[72]
Kell House Museum Wichita Falls Wichita Historic house Operated by the Wichita County Heritage Society, early 20th-century period house[73][74]
Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Art Collections include European, Asian and Pre-Columbian art[2]
Lamar County Historical Museum Paris Lamar Local history Operated by the Lamar County Historical Society[75]
Latino Cultural Center Dallas Dallas Art Latino art and culture with an art gallery[31]
Layland Museum Cleburne Johnson Local history Exhibits include regional home and family life, Native Americans, clothing, art and craft, frontier and town life[76]
Lela Llatch Lloyd Memorial Museum Cisco Eastland Local history [77]
Leonard Historic Museum Leonard Fannin Local history Photos, antique Native American pottery[78]
Log Cabin Village Fort Worth Tarrant Living 19th-century period pioneer village[79]
Mama Muriel’s Doll Museum Leonard Fannin Dolls Thousands of dolls dating back to the mid-1800s, includes Barbie dolls, antique German and French dolls, dolls from Madame Alexander, Effanbee and American Girl[80]
Mansfield Historical Museum Mansfield Tarrant Local history Operated by the Mansfield Historical Society[81][82]
Mary Kay Museum Addison Dallas Biographical Located at the headquarters of Mary Kay, history and accomplishments of Mary Kay Ash[83]
McKinney Avenue Contemporary Dallas Dallas Art Also known as The MAC, contemporary art in all disciplines[84]
Meadows Museum Dallas Dallas Art Features Spanish art, part of Southern Methodist University[31]
Medicine Mound Museum Medicine Mound Hardeman Local history Open Saturdays and by appointment[85][86]
Mesquite Arts Center Mesquite Dallas Art Performing and cultural art center with gallery[87]
Military Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth Tarrant Military Artifacts and history of veterans and combat units connected to Texas from the 20th century through today, including World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Featured is a gallery of "Hometown Heros" that tells the story of notable Fort Worth natives including Amon G. Carter Jr., Clarence Brewster, Howard Scott and more.[2][88]
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth Tarrant Modern art[2]
Morton Museum Gainesville Cooke Local history History of Cooke County, operated by the Cooke County Heritage Society[89]
Museum of Geometric and MADI Art Dallas Dallas Art Madí and geometric abstract art[90]
Museum of North Texas History Wichita Falls Wichita Local history Includes Native American artifacts, cowboy hat collection, oil industry memorabilia, wedding gowns, ship models, period displays, model trains[91]
Museum of the American Railroad Frisco Collin Railroad Steam, diesel and passenger railroad equipment[51]
Museum of the Americas (Texas) Weatherford Parker Anthropology Crafts, folk art, culture and artifacts including Mexico, Northwest Coast Indians, Plains Indians, Seminole Indians of Florida, Kuna Indians of Panama[92]
Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas Dallas Art Modern and contemporary sculpture museum and garden[31]
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Fort Worth Tarrant American West Famous cowgirls, memorabilia[2]
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Fort Worth Tarrant American West Cowboy contributions of Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans
National Scouting Museum Irving Dallas Scouting Official museum of the Boy Scouts of America[71]
National Vietnam War Museum Weatherford Parker Military Proposed museum, will include Vietnam era artifacts & exhibits[93]
No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum Terrell Kaufman Military History of the WWII flight training schools for British pilots, includes log books, training materials, WW II memorabilia and uniforms[94]
Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Commerce Hunt Children's Located in the Watson Center building of Texas A&M University–Commerce[95]
Old Post Office Museum & Art Center Graham Young Multiple Local history and art[96]
Old Red Museum Dallas Dallas Local history County history and culture, located in the former Dallas County Courthouse[31]
Outlaw Trails Museum Sherman Grayson History Located in the Touch of Class Antique Mall, eclectic collection of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia; themes include local history, commercial, railroad, outlaw, political and Native American[97][98]
Quanah Acme & Pacific Railroad Museum Quanah Hardeman Local history Located in a 1908 Spanish-style depot[60]
Penn Farm Agricultural History Center Cedar Hill Dallas Agriculture Located in Cedar Hill State Park, working farm with reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s
Perot Museum of Nature & Science Dallas Dallas Multiple Natural history, science, children's exhibits; formerly Dallas Museum of Nature & science[31]
Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum Denison Grayson Military History of the Perrin Air Force Base, located at North Texas Regional Airport[99]
Perry Homestead Museum, A.W.A.W. Perry Homestead Museum Carrollton Dallas Historic house Early 20th-century pioneer homestead[100]
Red River Railroad Museum Denison Grayson Railroad Railroad artifacts, equipment, memorabilia, photos, caboose and railroad cars[101]
Red River Valley Museum Vernon Wilbarger Local history Includes mounted wild game displays, ranching, pioneer and period business displays, Roy Orbison and Jack Teagarden exhibits, sculptures of Electra Waggoner Biggs[102]
Richardson Museum, SidSid Richardson Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Art Works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell and other works about the American West [103]
Robert E. Richeson Memorial Museum Graham Young Military World War II memorabilia including munitions, uniforms, items of everyday military life and model aircraft, open by appointment[104]
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie Dallas Amusement [105]
Roaring Ranger Museum Ranger Eastland Local history History of the town after the oil boom[106]
Roberts House Museum, C.S.C.S. Roberts House Museum Sherman Grayson Historic house 1896 Eastlake-Stick Style house, operated by the Sherman Preservation League[107]
Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site Paris Lamar Historic house 19th-century Victorian home of Senator Samuel B. Maxey[108]
Sam Rayburn Museum Bonham Fannin Biographical Life of former Texas congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, operated by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History[109]
Samuel T. Rayburn House Bonham Fannin Biographical 20th century home of Sam Rayburn, NRHP listing in Fannin County [110]
Sherman Jazz Museum Sherman Grayson Music Collection of jazz LPs, videos, music playback machines, and jazz memorabilia[111]
Sherman Museum Sherman Grayson Local history Exhibits include area fossils and sharks, period rooms, general store, courthouses of Grayson County[112]
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Dallas Dallas History Life, times, death and legacy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy[31]
Somervell County Historical Museum Glen Rose Somervell Local history [113]
Spellman Museum of Forney History Forney Kaufman Local history Operated by the Forney Historic Preservation League[114]
Stephenville Historical House Museum Stephenville Erath Open air Features twelve 19th-century buildings furnished with period furniture and artifacts, including log cabins, a ranch house, a rock cottage, a two-story Victorian house, a chapel, and a school house[115]
Stockyards Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Industry History of the Fort Worth Stockyards Company and the meatpacking industry [116]
Stonewall Saloon Museum St. Jo Montague History Restored late 19th-century saloon[117]
Tales 'N' Trails Museum Nocona Montague Local history Features Native American artifacts and European trade goods, Western heritage artifacts, agriculture displays, leather goods, oil and gas industry displays[118]
Terrell Heritage Society Museum Terrell Kaufman Local history Located in a former Carnegie library[119]
Texas Civil War Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Civil War Artifacts from Texas in the American Civil War, domestic objects, historic flags, personal items, and postwar Victorian clothing[120]
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Fort Worth Tarrant American West [2]
Texas Heritage Museum Hillsboro Hill Military Part of Hill College, history of Texas and Texans in wartime[121]
Texas Musicians Museum Irving Dallas Music Includes exhibits of Texas musicians and Texas music memorabilia [122]
Texas Women's Hall of Fame Denton Denton Women's history Located on the Denton campus of Texas Women's University[15]
UNT ArtSpace Dallas Dallas Dallas Art Part of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, includes the Texas Fashion Collection, located in the University Center Building[123]
UNT Galleries Denton Denton Art Part of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, includes the University of North Texas Art Gallery, Cora Stafford Gallery,

Lightwell Gallery and North Gallery[123]

Van Alstyne Historical Museum Van Alstyne Grayson Local history Operated by the Van Alstyne Historical Society[124]
Vintage Flying Museum Fort Worth Tarrant Aviation Restored historic aircraft[125]
Whiteside Museum of Natural History Seymour Baylor Natural history Area Permian-era dinosaur fossils, live reptiles and amphibians[126]
Whitewright Historical Museum Whitewright Fannin Local history Open by appointment[127]
Wichita Falls Museum of Art Wichita Falls Wichita Art Part of Midwestern State University[128]
Wichita Falls Fire & Police Museum Wichita Falls Wichita Railroad Historic fire engines, equipment and police cruisers, open the 1st Saturday of the month[129]
Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Wichita Falls Wichita Railroad Includes 15 railroad rolling stock units, 8 motorcar units and railroad memorabilia[74]
Wise County Heritage Museum Decatur Wise Local history Operated by the Wise County Historical Society[130]
Zaner Robison Historical Museum Royse City Rockwall Local history Life on the Blackland Prairie from early settlers through the boom years of the 1960s[131]

Defunct museums[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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