The Museum of the American Railroad
possesses one of the most comprehensive
heavyweight passenger car collections in the
United States, with a complete pre World
War II passenger train including a Railway
Post Office and baggage car, coaches, lounge
cars, Pullman sleeping cars and a dining car.
The museum has recently added a collection
of postwar lightweight passenger equipment
to complement its prewar passenger train.
Over thirty pieces of historic railroad equipment including steam, diesel and electric
locomotives, cabooses, historic structures,
signals and assortment of small artifacts
make it one of the finest railroad museums
in the southwest United States.
Museum of Nature & Science
The Museum of Nature & Science is the
result of a 2006 merging, unlike any in the
nation, of three cultural institutions – the
Dallas Museum of Natural History (est.
1936), The Science Place (est. 1946) and
the Dallas Children’s Museum (est. 1995).
The combination of the Dallas Museum of
Natural History and the Science Place was
completed in June of 2006. The Children’s
Museum combination was completed the
following October. These combinations
have resulted in an exciting family destination, which is able to better serve the
community and steward its investment in
Texas Discovery Gardens
Located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas
Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban
oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Ten different themed areas
include a butterfly habitat, native wildlife
pond, scent garden, shade garden and heirloom garden. At Texas Discovery Gardens,
visitors discover a wealth of information
on ways to restore, conserve and preserve
natural environments in urban areas.
An Institute for the Future
Located in Fair Park, this is the nation’s only
comprehensive women’s history museum.
It chronicles the lives of more than 3,000
American women using state-of-the-art
interactive exhibits to explore their contributions throughout American history and to
examine women’s lives across time. Exhibits
commemorate the women’s movement and
women in the arts, sports and sciences.
Ballet Folklorico Ollimpaxqui
Ollimpaxqui means “joyful movement” in
Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The
Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company was formed
in Mexico City, and came to the United
States in 1985. The Dallas-based company
has performed in the National Auditorium
and in the Palace of the Fine Arts in Mexico
City. The group currently participates in
more than 200 performances a year.
Bass Performance Hall
The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance
Hall, which is located in downtown Fort Worth
near Sundance Square, opened in 1998 and
seats 2,056 people. Occupying a whole city
block, it represents one of the most successful
downtown revitalization efforts in the country.
The European opera house-inspired limestone
structure is renowned for its superb acoustics,
exceptional sightlines and ambience on level
with the great halls of the world.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Founded in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance
Theatre is a modern dance company with a
mixed repertoire of modern, jazz, African
and spiritual works. Celebrating its 28th
season, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre
is the city’s oldest continuously operating
dance company. The company has studied,
trained and performed with some of
America’s most influential dance teachers,
including Alvin Ailey, David Parsons,
Robert Battle and Chuck Davis.
Photo courtesy of Bass Performance Hall The Sixth Floor Museum.
Photo by Michael Amador/TxDOT