5 Free (or darn close) Ways to Get Some Culture in DFW

Taking out a mortgage for your home is one thing, but you shouldn’t have to take out a second one just to get a little culture.

How About a Museum or Two?

If there’s one thing to do for free in DFW, it’s visit a museum. The Metroplex features a host of great museums, whether you want to take in a little art or learn a little history. If you’re in Dallas, try the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection, or The African-American Museum. Or get a little fresh air and exercise on the Downtown Art Walk. Just outside of Dallas, visit the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco, the Arlington Museum of Art, or the Art Center of Plano.

Don’t Forget Fort WorthFort Worth

From the Amon Carter Museum to the Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth has tons of free venues where you can get your culture groove on. The city is also home to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which is free on Wednesdays and first Sundays. Don’t forget to drop by the Water Gardens downtown, where you can stroll fascinating modernist grounds in a peaceful urban park.

More Outdoors

The Irving Arts Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, offers daily exhibits and a sculpture garden featuring permanent works and touring pieces, all set against a beautiful backdrop of flowers and fountains. You can also take in the expansive grounds of North Park Center in Dallas, where you can relax among world-class sculptures and a canopy of trees.

Take a Tour

Dallas has lots of places to see great shows in some great venues. But if you want all the venue and none of the show, you’re in luck. Drop by the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, the world-renowned home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful downtown arts district. Just make sure you check the monthly schedule, as tours are only offered on select Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm. Times and availability change with the tour schedule.


Don’t let the awesome buildings and urban parks in and around the Metroplex be just a blur on the way by in your car. Get out and take a look at the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, which was designed by David M. Schwarz and features a unique 48-foot limestone wall adorned by angels. Also, don’t miss Dallas’ Fountain Place, a genuine urban oasis of waterscapes right downtown. It’s all free, and it’s all right here.


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