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citizens who wished to encourage historical inquiry. In 1938, the Society assumed
the 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
Dallas Summer Musicals can trace its path
back to 1941, with Opera Under The Stars
in Fair Park’s Band Shell. Since then, it has
earned a long track record of top-notch live
Broadway performances featuring some of
the best talent in the business. Performances
are held at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Past
musicals have included Wicked, Disney’s The
Lion King, Kinky Boots along with Stomp.
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 equip-
ment 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
Photo courtesy of Bass Performance Hall
Dallas Black Dance Theatre,
courtesy of Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau