DFW’s collection of top-shelf museums doesn’t end with the Dallas Museum of Art and Dealey Plaza. In fact, the Metroplex is home to dozens of museums of all sizes for all kinds of tastes. So why not veer off the beaten path and check out some museums you might not have known were right here all along?
International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, Arlington
Right near Six Flags and the home of the Cowboys sits the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, which charts the sport from its beginnings to the biggest names in the game. Did you know, by the way, that bowling (a.k.a. kegling) is more than 5,000 years old? From ancient Egyptians and British monarchs to American taverns and the microchip, the long and fascinating history of bowling is on full display.
National Scouting Museum, Irving
Scouting may have come a long way since Norman Rockwell turned his iconic illustrations into the mythic history of scouting, but however far it has come, scouting has a home in DFW. The National Scouting Museum in Irving boasts a 53,000-square-foot exhibition space featuring all manner of artifacts, art, and information on the dedicated pioneers of scouting in the United States. There are also displays of Boy Scout activities and a knock-your-socks-off virtual reality simulation of a sizzling bike ride through the mountains.
Texas Civil War Museum, Fort Worth
You didn’t think Texas had some Civil War history worth preserving? Well, check out the Texas Civil War Museum, which opened its 15,000-square-foot exhibition space in 2006. The museum is fittingly Texas-sized, the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River. It features exhibits on loan from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division, galleries that display clothes and equipment from the war, and a 75-seat movie theater that plays "Our Homes, Our Rights: Texas in the Civil War.”
Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth
Who is Sid Richardson, you ask? Well, was a longtime oilman who turned his vast fortune into a philanthropic enterprise, part of which is this eponymous museum of Western-themed art in Sundance Square. One of the best collections of Old West art in Texas, the Sid Richard is often overshadowed by the Amon Carter Museum. But it shouldn’t be. Come see works from legendary artists like artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.