One of the best things about living in DFW is that in an area with over seven million people, there are a ton of museums for families and kids. Whatever your kid is interested in, there’s a museum for that in the metroplex. From the iconic Perot Museum to hidden gems like the Dallas Heritage Village, we’ve listed a few of our favorite spots to take curious kids in and around Dallas and Fort Worth.
Editor’s note: Check the ticketing policies before you visit as many required timed entry tickets. Follow county requirements for COVID-19 including wearing a face mask. Keep our community safe!
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, you can race a T. rex, challenge friends in robot competitions, explore the astonishing links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds, experience a simulated earthquake, journey through the universe, and test what it means to “be human”. Everything from dinosaurs to DNA to diamonds is packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. There's even a special children's museum on the bottom floor of the museum where the littlest visitors can discover science. Don't forget to try the earthquake simulator or dance with the dinos!
2201 N. Field Street
The Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the 10 largest museums in the country and has been engaging people in art since 1903. The museum has a slew of family-friendly programming from open studio events to a family mystery night. One spot in particular that families need to visit is the Center for Creative Commons. From hands-on projects to Arturo's Nest (still close due to COVID), this is where the children's programming happens, and it's a place where kids can experience art on their own level. It's also right across the street from Klyde Warren Park, so be sure to head over there to sample the daily food truck offerings before heading home.
1717 North Harwood
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
This museum in Fort Worth is the only one of its kind anywhere!! Dedicated to the women who made their way through the blazing trails of the West, you'll find artifacts, photographs and exhibits on pioneer women, cowgirls, ranchers, rodeo stars and more.
1720 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The Museum houses approximately 43,000 gifts given to President George W. Bush and the First Lady by people around the world as well as other artifacts gathered during their time in the White House. Using artifacts, documents, photographs and videos, visitors learn about the Nation's triumphs, struggles, people and culture during President Bush's administration. Kids especially enjoy the Life in the White House exhibit where they can learn all about the First Pets and what it takes to put on a state dinner.
2943 SMU Boulevard
COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently closed to the public.
In the meantime: Explore the museum's digital library to learn more about presidential history.
Museum of the American Railroad
Located in Frisco, this museum is ideal for little train lovers! You can get a guided tour of the big trains or check out the model train exhibit, plus this is your go-to location for Day out with Thomas!
8004 N. Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
Dallas Firefighters' Museum
The Museum preserves the history of firefighting in Dallas through professional quality restoration and the display of vintage tools, apparatus, and memorabilia. The Museum also teaches safety through an interactive hands-on educational experience targeted for children in the second grade and older.
3801 Parry Ave.
COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently closed.
In the meantime: Learn about fire safety by viewing the digital resources here.
Dallas Heritage Village
This living history museum is located in Dallas' first park and is filled with historic buildings and exhibits that represent the years between 1840-1910. There are special events throughout the year, including the holiday event Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village, Jazz Age Social Sunday and the Slave Dwelling Projects.
1515 S. Harwood
National Videogame Museum
For a museum of a different variety, head to the National Videogame Museum where you can learn all the history of videogames and play some as well. Explore the early days of videogaming by playing some PONG and then see the evolution of game consoles throughout the years. Guided tours happen on Sundays and you can even have your birthday party here.
8004 North Dallas Parkway
COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently open with social distancing precautions in place.
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Located in a 100,000-square-foot airplane hangar at Love Field Airport, this museum is a must-visit for aviation buffs of all ages. The museum is home to over 35,000 artifacts showcased in 13 galleries detailing the history of space and aviation. Expect to find around 30 types of aircraft and space vehicles, including a full-size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer, a replica of Sputnik I and a Chance Vought V-173 Flying Pancake. You can also watch aircraft taking off and landing at Love Field.
6911 Lemmon Ave.
COVID-19 Update: The museum is open at reduced capacity. Read the precautions here.
—Kate Loweth with Gabby Cullen