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The Dallas Museum of Art offers Dallas kids’ activities

The Dallas Museum of Art is a wonderful place for families to share experiences together and offers more than 700 programs for children and their families every year.  From a 2-year-old visiting the museum for the first time, or a 75-year-old showing his grandkids his favorite work of art, to a visitor with autism learning that she too can appreciate the Museum – we have something for everyone at the DMA. And if you’re under 12, you can always visit the Museum for Free! Watch the video below to see all of the different ways you can experience the DMA as a family.

Summer DMA: A Top Ten List

In honor of summer, we’ve put together a top ten list of the best reasons to spend it at the Dallas Museum of Art (although we could have gone to 100!). What are your favorite ways to spend summer at the Museum? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Top Ten Reasons to Spend Summer at the DMA

10. It’s a bargain.
DMA members receive free admission and parking every day. Active military personnel and their families receive free admission all summer through September 4 (learn more about the Blue Star Museum Program). The first Tuesday of every month is free, and Thursdays throughout the summer are half-price ($5) admission!

9. A rare Matisse sighting.
Rarely on view because it’s a light-sensitive work on paper, Matisse’s beloved Ivy in Flower can be seen in Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse’s “Ivy in Flower.”

Henri Matisse, "Ivy in Flower," 1953, colored paper, watercolor, pencil, and brown paper tape on paper mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

8. Music. Drinks. Masterpieces. Mix to taste.
Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Live jazz music. Cocktails and dinner. Artful conversations. Activities in the Center for Creative Connections and more. (and remember Thursdays are half- price this summer!)

7. The art doesn’t go home. Why should you?
Stay up past your bedtime the third Friday of July and August for Late Nights at the DMA.

6. Experience the Museum’s first Native American art exhibition in nearly 20 years.

Explore more than 100 works in Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, on view through September 4.

5. Haute Couture at a discount.
Save up to 20% on advance tickets for the hottest new exhibition in North America, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk  (opening on November 13 at the DMA!).

Jean Paul Gaultier, Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, "Apparitions" dress, Haute couture, spring/summer 2007, © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

4. Expect the Unexpected.

9 x 9 in July: nine unique days to experience the Museum until 9:00 p.m., every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 14–30.

3. Get out of the heat and into the art!
It’s always a cool 72 degrees in the Museum.

2. See a new work of art in the DMA’s collection.
Bojan Šarčević’s She makes it’s debut in Silence and Time, on view in the Barrel Vault.

1. A front row seat in front of The Icebergs.
Cool off in front of Frederic Edwin Church’s amazing masterpiece after visiting the collection.

Frederic Edwin Church, "The Icebergs," 1861, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Norma and Lamar Hunt, 1979.28

The Ball Drops

The DMA and Radio Disney are teaming up again this year for Noon Year’s Eve on December 31, the perfect way to ring in the New Year if your bedtime is a bit before midnight. The Museum will open at 10:00 am to kick off the three hours of celebration. There will be music and games led by Radio Disney DJ Tera Beal and prizes aimed at visitors ages 6 and under. Everyone is invited to join in on the countdown for when the clock strikes noon. The DMA is also offering a prize for parents and other grown-ups who come, $5 admission and $5 parking in the DMA garage from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (visitors ages 12 and under are always free at the DMA). 

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Inspired by the New Year’s countdown — and the impressive Times Square crystal ball — we created a top ten countdown (without any scientific data or specific parameters) of the past year at the DMA.

10. Turning 107 in January and kicking off a year of great Late Nights at the Museum.

9. The month long celebration of the Arts District, Art in October, with two free admission days to the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art with multiple family programs. 

8. Welcoming the DMA-organized exhibition The Mourners from our sister city of Dijon, France in October with an opening weekend featuring a Mourner on stilts and five French chefs.

7. The summer gave us two months of the inspiring and cozy The Living Room installation made of recycled cardboard by artist Jill Foley.

6. Celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence with nine months of events and two exhibitions featuring Mexican art.

5. September brought the opening of the new C3 exhibition Encountering Space with new works of arts from the DMA collection, a space bar, and a new Arturo’s Nest.

4. Inviting a special guest, The Grinch, to close out a great year of exciting First Tuesdays.

3. Jeff Kinney, author of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid, made an appearance as part of the BooksmART series of Arts & Letters Live in April.

2. Launching our quarterly Autism Awareness Family Celebrations in April inviting children with autism and their families to explore C3 and participate in activities an hour before the Museum opened.

1. Our amazing visitors! More than 500,000 of you visited our many exhibitions and programs throughout 2010, we can’t wait to get started on 2011.

2010 also brought the launch of Uncrated. Thank you dear readers and Happy New Year.

Seldom Scene: The Grinch Visits

On the first Tuesday of every month, admission to the DMA is free, and we have special activities for our youngest visitors until 3:00 p.m. On December 7, we had a special guest in C3, the Grinch (before his heart grew three sizes in one day). He stopped by from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical was opening later that night. DMA staff members could not pass up this photo opportunity.


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