The South’s Best Arts District

Culture gets a world-class home in Dallas.
Taylor Bruce

Bravo, Dallas. With the stunning debut in 2009 of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s opera house, theater, and park, the city has outdone itself. Explore 17 blocks of art-filled galleries, museums, and venues. 

Dallas Museum of Art
Founded in 1903, the museum and its 24,000-piece collection now lives in 370,000 square feet on the southwestern edge of the Arts District.

This summer: Enjoy free jazz concerts every Thursday evening through the month of June.

Nasher Sculpture Center
A world-renowned house of modern sculpture, the Nasher features more than 300 pieces from artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and Rodin.

This summer: You don’t have to pay the $10 admission during a “Target First Saturday” (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Crow Collection of Asian Art
These four galleries contain one of the finest collections of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Southeast Asian art in the United States.

This summer: On “Tranquil Tuesdays,” try yoga and meditation classes alongside the museum’s treasures.

Meyerson Symphony Center
One of five I.M. Pei- designed buildings in Dallas, the center has anchored the Arts District from its beginning in 1989.

This summer: Rock legend Neil Young performs with folk singer Bert Jansch, June 7.

Winspear Opera House  
The 9-month-old Winspear Opera House is the centerpiece of the $350 million AT&T Performing Arts Center. The venue seats 2,200 in its horseshoe-shaped, acoustically crisp space.

This summer: The Sleeping Beauty ballet, music by Tchaikovsky, June 11-13.

Sammons Park
The 10-acre space, the largest public park in the Arts District, will connect the opera house and theater to Strauss Square and City Performance Hall (both still under construction).

This summer: A new reflecting pool creates unique views of the cherry-red Winspear.

Wyly Theatre
Architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus designed this playhouse with its backstage area stacked atop the stage.

This summer: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!, June 19-July 25.