2100 North Beltline Road.
Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: (972) 329-9400
Fax: (972) 290-4700
Arts & Museums
Bath House Cultural Center was the city's first neighborhood community cultural center. Once a bathhouse for swimmers at White Rock Lake, the serene setting offers a step away from the ordinary. Focusing on multi-cultural art and music programs, exhibits offer a glimpse into other lifestyles and beliefs. In their 3-gallery space they present 16-20 art exhibitions each year. Some of their exhibitions include 'Corazon', 'Digno' and 'Zoomorph'. In addition, live music performances of jazz, harp and saxophone are scheduled to accentuate current displays. The museum remains open until 10p on nights with theatre performances. Concerts carry a separate charge to be determined by performer or sponsoring group.
Children and adults will love this collection. Rows and rows of antique fans are everywhere. Here you will see the first electric ceiling fan dated at about 1885. One display shows that rubber blades were once tried as an option to metal. The oldest fans in the museum come with a cast-iron base and motor housing covered with Art Deco. Perhaps the oddest fan on display consists of a tall metal bar with a thin crosspiece at the top and a paddle at the end of each crosspiece. The fan was to be placed in the center of the table at mealtime. As it revolved, it would assure flies did not bother you during your meal. This collection presents a great opportunity to show a little piece of oddball history to your children and is enjoyable to adults as well. Admission is free.
5501 Columbia Art Center hosts two non-profit organizations: Documentary Arts and Contemporary Culture. Documentary Arts works to collect and archive a variety of art forms from all cultures. You will find the Texas African American Photography Collection and Archive here. Contemporary Culture focuses on the promotion of art from various cultures in mediums including literary and performing arts. Columbia Art sponsors a program called "Art in the Neighborhood" to encourage artistic development in Dallas youth. This is a popular place for visual and book art exhibits rotated on a weekly basis. Admission is free, but you will need to make reservations for larger groups.
Located in South Dallas, the Cultural Center displays African American art. The Center offers art classes and hosts a regular Marketplace, where original works of art are sold. It also has a theater facility as well as a gym where you can enjoy live jazz. Featuring a black box theater, a visual arts gallery and even studios for dance, the center's aim is encouraging creativity. Apart from artistic endeavors, a full service digital recording studio provides interested individuals with engaging programs in digital recording technology. However, creating an awareness of art of the African Diaspora seems to be the central focus of this place.
This beautiful ivory-stone building is the home of wonderful exhibits of African American culture, art and history. With one of the largest African-American folk art collections available, this is a must-see. The museum began as part of the Bishop College Library, but ultimately branched out and became autonomous. You will find it located in Fair Park across from the Music Hall. African American Museum has sponsored the Texas Black Invitational Rodeo at the neighboring Fair Park Coliseum as one of its primary annual fundraisers. Admission is free.
In 2006, the Dallas Museum of Natural History and The Science Place merged into one institution. The Natural History Museum, founded in 1936, is collections-based and research-driven. It has a vast collection of rare and extinct wildlife; rocks and minerals; and the first mounted dinosaur in Texas. Archaeologists and paleontologists ensure the continued growth of each intricate exhibit as well as a deeper understanding of what it represents. Permanent exhibits include a paleontology lab, a wildlife diorama, Lagoon Nature Walk, and Prehistoric Texas. The Science Place, founded in 1946 as the Dallas Health Museum, takes a hands-on approach to learning. Exhibits include a dental gallery, dinosaur dig, physics gallery, medical gallery, electric theater and laser lab. The planetarium produces programs exploring the far reaches of space. The IMAX theater features true adventures in a larger-than-life format.
This museum is a completely hands-on exhibit. A variety of well-planned play areas give children the opportunity to shop for groceries, produce a puppet show, involve themselves in computer games and much more. Games, art and music areas abound with plenty of toys and will delight children of all ages with different interests. Call ahead for group rates and admission details. The staff is helpful enough to provide ample assistance.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum is a historical landmark in the city. Built in 1907, this building was a functioning fire station for more than 60 years. The museum has over 2000 items on exhibit, including photographs and trucks. The most famous item here is a steam pumper from the 19th century which was pulled by horses. The visitors here are mostly kids in school groups.
Located in a 1916 warehouse for more than 20 years, 500X Gallery has pulsed with the energy and excitement of the local contemporary art scene. The Deep Ellum location is near Fair Park and has hosted the works of such emerging artists as Dorothy Duvall and Brian Bosworth. The gallery specializes in alternative art, including abstract psychedelia, neo-expressionism and conceptual art.
The works of contemporary abstractionists, folk artists and photographers fill the Barry Whistler Gallery located in downtown Dallas, near City Hall. Barry was once curator of the Dallas Museum of Art. He opened his own gallery in 1986 with previous artists' shows including Helen Altman and the Art Guys. Other recent exhibitions have included Visions, featuring 14 contemporary artists, and Wet Paint, displaying the works of Michael Miller, Ann Stautberg, Lorraine Tady and Susan Wanklyn.
Come and enjoy the talented works of contemporary artists at this flourishing urban art venue located east of downtown Dallas in the Wilson Historic District. This local gallery has earned a place in the Dallas Art District as an emerging collection who proudly spotlights up-and-coming Texas talent. The exciting and fascinating exhibitions are the gallery's main attraction that features more than 20 theme-based exhibits, solo artist masterpieces, member artists showcase and a unique garden sculpture display. When visiting this gallery, be sure to experience local art at its best by expanding your creative artistic ability with its infamous educational art programs.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum makes available an enormous amount of information about the life and presidency of George W. Bush. Here you can explore 70 million pages of Presidential records. The museum houses foreign and domestic Presidential gifts. Whether you want to do research, or just get some insight into Presidential history, a visit here is worthwhile.