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“Outstanding art museum that keeps getting better!”

Dallas Museum of Art
Ranked #7 of 255 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 1903, this prestigious art venue features a wide selection of art exhibits, from Ancient Mediterranean to Contemporary Art and Design.
Reviewed 20 February 2012

I am a big fan of the DMA and have been for over 35 years. I have watched it grow from being a modest-sized art museum with a good collection in a rather odd building in Fair Park to a major art museum in downtown Dallas with an excellent collection. When you add the Nasher Sculpture Garden and Crow Collection of Asian Art which are just next door, downtown Dallas now has arguably one of the best fine art collections in the US.

The DMA has a very impressive permanent collection that will become truly world-class when it receives some of the major private collections that have been promised. To me, the Reves Collection which is hidden deep inside the upper reaches of the DMA is one of the most impressive parts of the museum. Lots and lots of famous Impressionist works - unfortunately, because they still displayed in replica rooms of the Reves' home in southern France, most of the works are hard to see and study. Really wish they could move things around so we could enjoy seeing them in closer proximity.

The special exhibitions are always worth seeing though some are better than others. For example, King Tut was disappointing due to the quality of the items that were shown but the Gaultier exhibit that just closed was amazing! I was really impressed by the curation of the show.

Lastly, we LOVE the DMA's late nights because it gives us another option to visit beyond the weekends. After all, what working person can visit a museum between 11 am-5 pm on M-F? When are museums going to be open when most people can visit vs. when the staff prefers to work?! At least the DMA is headed in the right direction on this front.

The DMA's collection still doesn't hold a candle to the Metropolitan, MOMA, Guggenheim, Louvre, Hermitage, Art Institute of Chicago or National Gallery. But it is on par with Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Kimball in Fort Worth, and better than Denver, Seattle and Atlanta. Give the DMA a little more time and I think it will be a truly world-class comprehensive art museum. For now, though, it is a very good art museum with something for everyone and it is very reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

I especially liked the Indonesian exhibition (3rd floor) and good selection of masterpieces of Degas, Picasso etc. You can spend here half hour or half day.

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Reviewed 16 February 2012

After living in Dallas for the greater part of 25 years, I can honestly say that I've never enjoyed the DMA more than I do now.

The basic collection is certainly well-established, definitely worth a stop for any visitor passing through Dallas and seeing the sights. Check the dates that you're coming to see when it's the best time to visit - like on the first Tuesday of each month. It's crowded that night, but you get in for free! Or if you have kids/are a teacher, go ahead and plan an after-5pm visit on any Thursday.

But in all honesty, I think the biggest tragedy of this museum is that more people who live in Dallas don't go back very often. Yes, we've all seen the regular collection, especially if we grew up here. But it's a museum! It changes! They bring in traveling, special exhibits all the time.

Most recently, the DMA hosted The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautlier. Was it an exhibit that I expected to see appropriately displayed in Texas? No, but I was thrillingly surprised. It's no wonder that there was a long line - I wish I hadn't waited until the last day because I wanted to return!

As with everything, check the website and then check your calendar. You won't regret it.

Thank imaginetruth
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

I recently saw the Jean Paul Gautier exhibit and it was superb. Other exhibitions have been very interesting also. The staff are helpful and it is a pleasant building to wander through.

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Reviewed 6 February 2012

John Paul Gaultier exhibit was great. The museum is nice, the arts district has come a long way. You can make a nice weekend in the area.

Thank Austinowl
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