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Rowlett, TX 75088
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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.
The homestead of the fictional Ewing family has become the “world's most famous ranch.” The sprawling acreage of this North Texas ranch is located 20 miles north of downtown Dallas and, although the long-running television series Dallas has been off the air for several years, the mansion and grounds are still a popular place to visit. Tram tours carry guests on a voyage through the history of the series every half-hour throughout the day. The Ewing mansion is the key point of the tour, offering insight to the characters and filming of the series.
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.
Commuting is a fact of life for tens of million of Americans. In suburban Dallas, there is the Interurban Electric Railway that commemorates some of the significant developments in urban transportation. Between 1908 and 1948 the Texas Electric Railway ran from Dallas to Denison, among many other routes throughout Texas. The primary stop between these locations was in Plano, which is now the site for the Interurban Railway Museum. Plano decided to renovate the station into a museum to recognize the importance of the station as a sign of technological progression. The electric railway car was an important advancement of the traditional steam engine. The museum features pictures, displays and artifacts from the Texas Electric Railway. You can even tour one of the train cars. A must visit for those interested in railway history.
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.
Without a doubt, art exhibits and performances at the University of Texas at Dallas have doubled in the recent past. The on-site classrooms and bulletin boards have even been incorporated for exhibits by guests like Victoria Corcoran. Other artists have included those from Continental Gin Studios in Deep Ellum. Rolling Stone Magazine's Greil Marcus has been among the notable guest lecturers. UTD has also staged numerous performances by musicians such as Moscow pianist Dmitri Ratser, the Huaxia Ensemble of China, Mexico's Los Tiempos Pasados and Dallas' own Cafe Noir. Art shows are free. However, admission is usually charged for lectures, concerts, and theater events.
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.
This historically correct museum is dedicated to safeguarding the history of farm life on the Texas prairie from 1890 to 1920. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this four-acre site is accredited by the American Association of Museums. You will be able to view a restored 14-bedroom Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, gardens and smokehouse along with a blacksmith's shop and farm animals. Period-dressed volunteers give guided tours. Among the many programs available are birthday party plans for children up to age 12.
Few cities outside of Spain have a finer collection of Spanish art than what is exhibited in this Dallas museum. The funds to construct it were donated by oil magnate Algur H. Meadows back in the 1960s and it was built in memory of his first wife. The nearby Elizabeth Meadows sculpture garden was inspired by Mr. Meadows' love for his second wife. The museum's permanent collection includes such works as Velasquez's "Sibyl With Tabula Rasa," Picasso's "Still Life in a Landscape", and Goya's "Yard With Madmen". The sculpture garden here includes works by both Rodin and Claes Oldenburg.
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.
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.
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.