The Dallas Museum of Art, also called the "DMA" by locals, is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The DMA collection is made up of over 24,000 objects, dating from the third millennium BC to the present day. The museum also houses over 50,000 volumes available to curators and the general public in the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library. The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States. The museum was established in 1903 by the Dallas Art Association, which originally exhibited paintings in the Dallas Public Library.
The museum includes the following collections: African, American, Ancient Mediterannean, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts and Design, European, Pre-Columbian/Pacific Rim, and the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection. These collections include works of art from around the world ranging from ancient to modern times.
In 2008, the DMA premiered the Center for Creative Connections, also called "C3." C3 is a facility created for interactive learning experiences. The spaces in C3 include the Art Studio, Tech Lab, and Arturo's Nest.
Throughout the year, the museum hosts community outreach programs. Once a month, the museum stays open until midnight and hosts "late nights" offering performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, and family programs. The museum also hosts weekly jazz concerts called Thursday Night Live and an event called Arts & Letters Live, a lecture series featuring acclaimed musicians, illustrators, authors, and actors. If you're stopping through the Dallas Museum of Art, try to attend one of these events!
Admission and membership to the Dallas Museum of art are free.
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