Comfort Suites Las Colinas Center
1223 Greenway Cir.
Irving, TX 75038
Phone: (972) 518-0606
Fax: (972) 518-2579
Arts & Museums
This state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to telling the history of the Boy Scouts of America. Everything from how the organization began to what it has become today is explained within its 53,000 square foot space. The museum also features workshops and interactive galleries for children, as well as a Norman Rockwell gallery.
This art center, located between Fort Worth and Dallas, is a famous landmark of this town. It hosts 300 events each year, including around 20 exhibitions in its four galleries. This place has two modern theaters and facilities for meetings, classroom sessions and performing arts. It is also famous for its garden of sculptures. The site measures 10 acres and the center offers free parking too.
This historic house is a true treasure in an urban spread. Tucked off of Beltline, beside the old cemetery is this house available for touring. This 4-room house and stables is a fun blast to the past. Filled with many antiques, it's a great way to show the little ones how life used to be. Designated a Texas Historic Landmark, this free house tour will take you back to a time that seems to be lost when wandering around the Carrollton area.
American Airlines sponsors C.R. Smith Museum, which examines the history of commercial airlines and explores their inner workings. Visitors have ample opportunities to check out seminal principals of flight first hand; they can experience a wind tunnel, see how a jet engine works, try out the pilot's seat in the cockpit or enter the Flight Lab to learn more about air pressure at high altitudes. The IWERKS large-screen theater shows movies about airline history while the patrons sit in authentic first-class seats. Moreover, there is a gift shop.
Frontiers of Flight Museum is an assembly of artifacts celebrating the chronicles of flight. From the Wright brothers to the space age, each display is carefully organized to provide in-depth information on aircraft history. Exhibited models are on loan from the University of Texas at Dallas' Collection of Flight, one of the largest aviation archives in the country. Highlights include Hindenburg artifacts and the Apollo 7 spacecraft. You'll find the exhibits to be fun and engaging for the whole family.
With 16,000 square feet of artwork and accessories, Southwest Gallery boasts one of the largest collections of original oils, graphics, antiques, sculptures and bronzes in the Southwest. The gallery also offers an extensive selection of American and European oils in a variety of styles, including contemporary, traditional, impressionistic, Western and Southwestern. W.A. Slaughter, Dan Lomahaftewa, L. Gordon, R.W. Hedge are just a few of the artists represented at the gallery.
Martin Lawrence Galleries are some of the most respected art galleries in the US. Not restricted to displaying the works of maestros, the Gallery gives upcoming artists an exhibition space for their art. Also, the Gallery is one of the few places which exhibits as well as conducts art auctions. Besides that, it also periodically organizes special theme exhibitions as well as public interactions with noted artists.
Texas Art Gallery showcases the work of locally, regionally and nationally renowned contemporary artists like Steve Atkinson, William Berra and many more. The collection mostly comprises of a mix of Western, American and European oils, watercolors and bronzes. Art students from the local high school and college visit the gallery to study the art along with regular art collectors. The rare artworks are auctioned twice a year — in May and November.
Enjoy seeing wax replicas of some of your favorite celebrities at this combined Wax/Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! portion of the museum holds such unusual wonders as a seven-foot Leaning Tower of Pisa. This site truly has something for every taste. There are movie scenes from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and a beautiful exhibit on the Life of Christ. The horror section may make you jump. House sculptor Peter Carsillo is a former makeup artist who does a wonderful job creating the wax characters.
If you are interested in viewing a variety of works in a single location, stop by Empty Walls, located in the Preston Royal Shopping Village. Recent exhibits include the works of Michael McWillie, known for his whimsical dog paintings, and those of Shawna Lee Chovanec, a 14-year-old prodigy. Along with a large collection of paintings, antique bookplates are also available. Empty Walls also offers custom framing and a large number of frames, fabrics and mats are available.
If you love glass art, be sure to enter Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass's magical wonderland of glass at the Village on the Parkway. You will find the works of over 300 exciting contemporary artists. These works include vases, bottles, plates, glasses and much, much more. If you're lucky, you might catch the entrants in the Annual Goblet invitational or the Annual Scent Bottle Invitational.
Located in the Addison Airport, Cavanaugh Flight Museum features historical aircraft and related objects. The museum is unique since many of the airplanes displayed here are still active and can fly. After a day of learning about rare aircraft, you can relax at the museum's picnic area, browse the art gallery, and check out the gift shop.