MUSEUMS         

A trip to the downtown Dallas Arts District should include a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, where “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” presents priceless artifacts from the boy king’s tomb and other ancient Egyptian sites.

Across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art is the acclaimed Renzo Piano– designed Nasher Sculpture Center, which is devoted to modern and contemporary sculpture. Its 1.5-acre sculpture garden features large-scale pieces from the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher collection.

This October, experience the architecturally splendid Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art multivenue facility for opera, music, theater, and dance. Under construction at the moment, it’s being viewed as the most significant new performing-arts complex to be built since New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Other Dallas Arts District gems include the stunning Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where daytime tours are available, and the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art museum, which focuses on artwork from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia.

A few blocks away, you’ll find the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in the former Texas School Book Depository, where evidence of the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy was found. Exhibits there explore that tragedy. Next door is the Dallas Holocaust Museum/ Center for Education and Tolerance, dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Parental discretion is advised.

At Fair Park, east of downtown, the Museum of Nature & Science presents everything from dinosaurs to the stars and includes the Children’s Museum, which has hands-on exhibits designed for exploration and discovery. Fair Park’s other jewels include the Women’s Museum and the African American Museum.

In Fort Worth’s Cultural District (the country’s third largest), the Modern Art Museum presents “The Collection and Then Some,” an exhibit of nearly 100 works from the museum’s 3,000-plus-piece permanent collection, which includes art by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso, as well as guest pieces from area collections. With the nation’s second-largest modern-art collection, this is one museum not to miss.

Just across the way from the Modern, the Kimbell Art Museum offers “Art and Love in Renaissance Italy,” showcasing approximately 150 paintings and art objects dating from between 1400 and 1600.

Along with its collection of Remingtons and Western and other American art, the Amon Carter Museum presents photographer Barbara Crane’s exquisite work.

At present, there’s a two-for-one ticket that allows entry to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Museum of Science and History. Both are temporarily housed under the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame roof while construction proceeds on the new Museum of Science and History facility.