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management of the magnificent Hall of
State at the request of the City of Dallas. The
Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed
to preserving the area’s entire history.
Dallas Summer Musicals
For more than 75 years, the non-profit Dallas
Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented
the very best in Broadway to North Texas
audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall
at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in
live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages. Past
musicals have included Wicked, Disney’s The
Lion King, Kinky Boots and Pippin.
Museum of the American Railroad
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 the institution.
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
Photo courtesy of Bass Performance Hall
Dallas Black Dance Theatre,
courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau