Arts District and Deep Ellum Walk, Dallas

The Arts District is a performing and visual arts center located in the heart of Dallas and is home to several of Dallas' cultural landmarks. Since the 1970's, the "village of the arts" has offered facilities for the visual, performing, and developing arts.

Deep Ellum is the famous, avant-garde entertainment district in Dallas. The district is a vibrant community known for its vast array of talent and creativity. Deep Ellum is also open to the public for art viewing, shopping, live music, as well as food and drink. The district is also a hot-bed for graffiti.
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Arts District and Deep Ellum Walk Map

Guide Name: Arts District and Deep Ellum Walk
Guide Location: USA » Dallas (See other walking tours in Dallas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: sylvia
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The Dallas Museum of Art

1) The Dallas Museum of Art (must see)

The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest such places in all the United States. It is also the only general museum in north Texas. It is definitely a hallmark of the Arts District of downtown Dallas. In terms of the quality of the exhibits, it is one of the six best in the U.S. (according to the art world accrediting groups of the U.S.)

The museum was opened in 1903. It has an encyclopedic collection of over twenty thousand works, which can take a visitor on a 5,000 year visit of history. It has works of art here from almost every continent in the world, yet still has room for a wonderful international and American contemporary art collection. The museum also hosts around 3,500 educational and public programs each year, to help engage people of all ages in the arts.

Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for people over 65 years of age. Students can get in for $5, and children under the age of 12 are free. If you happen to be in the Dallas area on the first Tuesday of any month, you can get in for free. The Museum is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm (Thursday until 9 pm).
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Nasher Sculpture Center

2) Nasher Sculpture Center (must see)

The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the most interesting museums in Dallas. The primary purpose of the place is to display modern and contemporary sculpture. It is also an educational center that is designed to help promote the art of sculpture design in modern times. It is located in the Arts District downtown, not very far from the Dallas Museum of Art. The total complex is over two square acres, so there is a lot to see.

It is named after the husband and wife that donated their private sculpture collection to start the museum. The complex was designed by Renzo Plano. You can find very famous sculptures here from artists like Rodin and Picasso. The ceiling of the building is made of glass, and can be opened up into a structure that resembles an outdoor garden. In good weather, it is like taking a walk out of doors with some of the most beautiful art in the world. You can also find the art of Andre, Armajani and others here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.
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Trammell & Margaret Crow Asian Art Museum

3) Trammell & Margaret Crow Asian Art Museum (must see)

The Trammel & Margaret Crow Asian Art Museum is located in downtown Dallas, and is an integral part of the Arts District. The location was started as a private collection of Asian Art, and was ultimately given to the people of the city as a gift by the couple. It was opened to the general public in 1998. You can find the works of the countries of Japan, China, Southeast Asia and India displayed here. It is a great place to go for a quiet walk or meditation during a busy visit to town.

The collection has over three hundred paintings, architectural items and sculptures. One of the most interesting pieces is the 120 piece collection of Jade art from the personal items that used to belong to the Crows. The world’s second largest crystal ball is also here. You can find pieces on display here that date all the way back to 3500 B.C. There is a sculpture garden close by where you can see the famous sculpture “Genius of Eternal Rest”, which was done by Rodin.

The location is a true gift to the people of Dallas, and the world, in that admission is always free. That’s a real budget saver.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10 am – 9 pm; Friday - Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm.
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Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

4) Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (must see)

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is a spectacular facility that was designed to showcase the musical arts. It does host other functions as well, though, which are both private and public in nature, but its acoustics makes it a must for any music aficionado. The shape of the concert hall was determined, and then an architect was hired to make that shape work with the rest of the facility.

The design of the building was then entrusted to I. M. Pei who worked in tandem with Artec Acoustic Consultants to produce a building that was pleasing to all the senses. The foyer is open and filled with light. It has an aesthetically pleasing curving shape to facilitate traffic flow. There are 211 glass panels that make up the front façade and none of the panels are alike.

The acoustics of the concert hall are phenomenal. There are 74 doors around the concert chamber that can change according to how much reverberation is needed. There are also curtains that will help prevent noise distortion. Additionally, there are 42 tons of curtains around the top of the stage that can be set to make the musical notes arrive to the audience as pure and sweet as possible.

There is also a pipe organ that is housed here. The music coming from the Lay Family Concert Organ is so incredible, especially in this magnificent facility. The facility is located at 2310 Flora Street. There is parking available at several different lots for $10 per event, and there is also valet parking for $11. Be sure to check the concert schedule when in town and do not miss the opportunity to check out this incredible venue.
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Dee and Charles Wyly Theater

5) Dee and Charles Wyly Theater

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theater is part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas. It is located in the Arts District in the downtown area. It is one of four parts of the center, and was opened to the general public in 2009. The project was started in 2006. It constitutes a little over 74,000 feet of space available for performances.

The building is quite unusual to say the least, as it may very well be the most strangely shaped building you will ever see. It looks a bit like a large Jenga game. It is twelve stories tall and can hold 600 people, depending upon the way the stage is set up for any particular performance. It is now the home for the Dallas Theater, the Black Dance Theater, and the Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

The thing that makes the theater so unusual is that the design was done so that the traditional space between the audience and performers can be changed, to meet the need of the performance. The play can literally be brought right into the audience seating. It is well worth a visit.
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AT&T Performing Arts Center

6) AT&T Performing Arts Center

The AT&T Performing Arts Center is the hallmark of the Arts District of Dallas. It is a multi-purpose facility that houses events like the opera, ballet, and the theater. The location cost over $300 million dollars to build, so as you can imagine, it is quite something to see.

The complex was opened to the public in 2009. Three different architectural firms were involved in the overall design of the building. Foster and Partners of London were involved, as well as the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and REX of New York. The plans to build the structure started in 2000, when $200 million dollars was raised to begin the plan. By 2007, the campaign to raise money had received its 100th donation of a million dollars or more. They were the first to do so in U.S. History.

In October of 2009, the AT&T Corporation entered into an agreement to have the facility carry the corporate name. As part of that agreement, the company agreed to help this facility become one of the most advanced in the U.S., including free Wi-Fi throughout the complex.
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Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

7) Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

The Opera House is a very famous part of the Arts District in the downtown section of Dallas. It is one of four locations that make up the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The complex was started in 2006. It was opened to the public in 2009. The architects were Foster and Partners. It was made possible by a large financial gift from the Winspears.

One of the most beautiful features of the building is the 318 rod chandelier in the lobby. It is quite breathtaking. Perhaps just as beautiful, though, is the glass façade that surrounds the building. There is an 84 ft. section of the glass that can actually be retracted to just 23 ft.

The design of the building is quite modern. It is designed in a horseshoe shape. The Winspear can seat 2,200 people. This location is the home of the Dallas Opera. It has also housed performances for the Texas Ballet Theater. There is also an educational and Recital Hall that has been built into this location. It can seat up to 200 people.
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The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

8) The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

The Cathedral Shrine is one of the largest churches in Dallas, with over 17,000 families. It is also one of the most historic churches in town, as this was the first Catholic community formed in the area. It is also the Mother Church for the local diocese.

The local worshiping community was founded in 1869. It was called the Sacred Heart Church then. They built their first building in 1872. In 1890, the church was reformed into the Cathedral for the area, after the Dallas area became a diocese. The overall architectural look of the current building is gothic, and is done in a beautiful red brick. The sanctuary is done in white walls and is trimmed in oak.

This congregation is also a great promoter of the arts in the area. They hold events for the Arts District many times each year. They also sponsor the Greater Children’s Chorus of Dallas, which is a sacred choir. It is located in the same area is the Sculpture Garden, Dallas Symphony, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Lula B's East Antique Mall

9) Lula B's East Antique Mall

Lula B's East is a Dallas antique mall located in Deep Ellum district. The mall is a true Aladdin's cave, featuring antiques, vintage items, retro and collectibles from more than 80 vendors. Over here, you can find vintage clothing, jewelry, mid-century furniture, glassware, antique toys, fine pottery, vintage vinyl, books, vintage photos, cameras and projectors, lighting, etc. Over the years, Lula B's has been awarded “Best Antiques and Vintage Store” by Reader's Voice of Dallas, and the Dallas Observer's “Best Oldies but Goodies”. Lula B's Antique Mall has a second location - Lula B's West, found in the Design District.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 7 pm.
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Kettle Art Gallery

10) Kettle Art Gallery

Kettle Art is a wonderful, laid-back gallery that focuses on original art, including but not limited to graffiti art. The gallery opened in November of 2005 thanks to a business partnership of K. Hopper and F. Campagna. Their welcoming attitude toward all Dallas artists made the gallery a successful and beloved venue.

Operation Hours: Thursday & Friday: 7 pm - 10 pm; Saturday: 4 pm - 10 pm.
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Mokah Art Gallery

11) Mokah Art Gallery

Mokah Art Gallery is one of Deep Ellum's largest and finest art galleries. Mokah comprises of three facilities in one building: the Mokah Coffee Bar, Live@Mokah, and the Gallery. The exhibitions present modern art from local artists through all stages - the experimental, the proceeding, and the completed work.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 7 am - 7 pm.
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Barry Whistler Gallery

12) Barry Whistler Gallery

The Barry Whistler Gallery is a private gallery which opened in 1986. The exposition shows the artwork of modern abstractionists, photographers, and folk artists. Mr. Whistler, the gallery owner, worked as a curator at the Dallas Museum of Art for a decade prior to moving here. His gallery's goal has always been to place works in permanent collections of prominent museums.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
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500X Gallery

13) 500X Gallery

500X Gallery is the oldest art gallery in Texas and the best exhibition space for national and international artists in Dallas. Established in 1978, 500X Gallery is located in an old warehouse. The venue serves as a great space for artists to present their works to the public.

Operation Hours: Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm; weekdays: by appointment

Walking Tours in Dallas, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Dallas

Create Your Own Walk in Dallas

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dallas is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Deep Ellum, a unique Art and Entertainment District near downtown Dallas, is a tight-knit community in a large city. Deep Ellum is an eclectic and progressive neighborhood and the home of fashion-forward, trend-setting style. It's also a birthplace for several new bands. Here you will find many terrific live music venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Places of Worship in Dallas

Places of Worship in Dallas

Dallas is one of the biggest cities in the world and one that is rich in religious congregations. Every place of worship in Dallas is worth visiting, yet the downtown concentrates are especially memorable. Cathedrals, churches, and chapels are all here for your enjoyment.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Attractions for Kids at Fair Park

Attractions for Kids at Fair Park

Fair Park is the biggest park in the city and one of historic and cultural significance. Established in 1880, this landmark is located not far from downtown Dallas. Fair Park offers plenty of cultural and entertainment facilities, especially for children. Here you will find many places of interest, including museums, exhibitions, performance stages, landscaped grounds, a big aquarium, and the splendid Texas Star.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Like every city in the world, Dallas features many remarkable landmarks that are both historic and cultural symbols of the city's heritage. This tour will offer you the opportunity to discover the rich history of Dallas, including but not limited to: the Reunion Tower, Old Red House, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dallas for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dallas has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dallas, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.