The Dallas Arts District: A Unique Mix of Culture and Fun

Ana Astri-OReilly

Located in the center of Texas, the Dallas Arts District is one of the largest in the United States. It has buildings that stand out for their architectural beauty and for hosting a dynamic and multi-faceted artistic movement.

The Dallas Arts District, located in the state of Texas, is the heart of Dallas’ vibrant art scene. Located northeast of downtown, it’s a hub of high culture, business and leisure. Most of the museums, theaters, restaurants and parks are on Flora Street, book-ended by the Dallas Museum of Art and One Arts Plaza. So, let’s take a stroll and learn about each venue.

Visual arts
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) was the first museum to open in the Arts District in 1984. It’s a LEED certified sustainable building that houses 5,000 years of human culture: from the arts of the Americas, Africa and Southeast Asia to European and American painting and design, and everything in between.
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VisualArts DMA

The Crow Collection of Asian Art grew from the private collection of Trammell and Margaret Crow. The real estate developer and his wife wanted to share their collection of Korean, Japanese, Indian and Chinese ancient and contemporary art with the public and opened the museum at the Trammell Crow Center.

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Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Nasher Sculpture Center boasts a magnificent permanent collection of more than 300 pieces of modern and contemporary sculpture, as well as rotating and temporary exhibitions. The works are displayed in the indoor galleries and in the serene garden.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Photo: Jason Janik

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is adjacent to the Arts District on Field Street. Visitors can learn everything about the human body and mind, how to harness natural resources, and about fossils and ecosystems in state-of-the-art galleries. There’s also a guided architectural tour of the eco-friendly building.

Performing arts

The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s 10-acre campus comprises both performance and outdoor spaces. The world-class Bill and Margot Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster+ Partners of London, has outstanding acoustics and a 2,200-seat capacity. The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre stands out for its cubic shape and aluminum exterior.

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Sammons Park and Winspear Opera House. Photo: Carter Rose

The Annette Strauss Square is an outdoor performance venue that can seat 2,000 people. Sammons Park is landscaped with native plants and a reflecting pool. The AT&T Performing Arts Center has five resident companies: the Texas Ballet Theater, the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklórico.

The Meyerson Symphony Center is the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Award-winning architect I.M. Pei designed the building, whose centerpiece is the versatile music chamber that can seat up to 2,062.

The Moody Performance Hall is a multi-disciplinary center with an astounding modern design. All kinds of artistic expressions have a stage here; dance, music and plays reflect the city’s cultural diversity.

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Dallas Arts District


One Arts Plaza is a mixed-use commercial and residential complex. There’s art here as well; the lobby features the largest digital art installation in Dallas, and rotating exhibits.

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Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park was built over the recessed Woodall Rogers Freeway, which means that pedestrians can access the Dallas Arts District easily. The 5.2 acres include a lawn, a kid’s playground, a reading and games room, and a stage for free concerts and dance classes, among other features.

The HALL Texas Sculpture Walk is a passage that connects Flora and Ross Streets, and which runs along the HALL Arts complex. It’s dotted with fascinating, intriguing and whimsical contemporary sculptures. Download the OTOCAST audio art tour from the app store to learn more.


Dining in the Dallas Arts District

Flora Street Café, by local celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, serves elevated modern Texas cuisine in an elegant, fine dining setting. The sleek Musume serves contemporary Asian cuisine and sushi, and has 125 sake sections, including sake on tap. Savor Gastropub at Klyde Warren Park serves pub classics with a twist with a view. ■


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