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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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,...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more

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Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

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