Editor’s note: Many Dallas museums are opening up to visitors with social distancing requirements in place. 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! 

We know everyone is itching to get out and explore our favorite DFW kids museums. Some are opening up with social-distancing precautions in place and others are offering awesome virtual programs while they are closed. These museums need our support now more than ever so purchase a museum membership or support them any way you can.

photo: Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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 are packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. There's even a special children's museum with the museum where the littlest visitors can discover science. 

2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX
Online: perotmuseum.org

COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently closed. Check here for updates. 

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 family mystery night.

1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX
Online: dma.org

COVID-19 Update: The DMA is currently closed. Check here for updates. 

In the meantime: Tour the museum's virtual exhibit: My|gration. Composed of works from the DMA’s collection, My|gration highlights the contributions of artists who immigrated to the United States, examines how the movement of people is expressed through art, and illuminates ways cross-cultural connections inform artistic production.

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
Dallas, TX
Online: georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu

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. 

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.
Dallas, TX
Online: dallasfiremuseum.com

COVID-19 Update: The museum is currently closed. 

In the meantime: Learn about fire safety by viewing the digital resources here

photo: Play Street Museum

Play Street Museum

There are a number of Play Street Museum locations in the DFW area and parents absolutely love them for the eight and under crew. Each location is decked out in a theme from farm to college to downtown. Kids engage in pretend play experiences and make new friends. 

Locations can be found here
Online: playstreetmuseum.com

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
Frisco, TX
Online
: nvmusa.org

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.
Dallas, TX
Online: flightmuseum.com

COVID-19 Update: The museum is open at reduced capacity. Read the precautions here

—Kate Loweth

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