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Long Profile of The Dallas Museum of Art in Texas



The Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas was established in 1903.

The Museum's impressive collection consists of over 24,000 works which span 5,000 years of art and cultural history that is representative of the ancient Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. The vast collection includes Western painting, sculpture, decorative arts, drawing, sculpture, photography, and modern and contemporary art from around the world.

In addition, the Museum's research library contains over 56,000 art-related titles and auction catalogues. The Museum also hosts performances, concerts, lectures, art workshops, classes, talks and tours for all age groups.


The Dallas Museum of Art was established in 1903 with the foundation of the Dallas Art Association, which held art exhibitions at the Dallas Public Library until 1909, when they moved into its first official building.

In 1936, a building was constructed to house the Museum. But as the permanent collection grew over the decades, the Museum required additional space, so a new building designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes was built and officially opened in downtown Dallas in 1984.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "We collect, preserve, present, and interpret works of art of the highest quality from diverse cultures and many centuries, including that of our own time."

"We ignite the power of art, embracing our responsibility to engage and educate our community, to contribute to cultural knowledge, and to advance creative endeavor."


The Museum is located in downtown Dallas, in the Dallas Arts District, which is the largest arts district in the USA.

The Museum is easily accessible by the DART rail system, bus and car.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, analyzing, and preserving or restoring artwork for future generations.

In 2012, the Museum began to expand its Conservation Department with its small studio and one staff conservator, to creating state-of-the-art painting conservation facilities and hiring a team of expert art conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Dallas Museum of Art's acquisitions encompass the world's cultural heritage and includes objects from the ancient Mediterranean world (c. 3000 B.C. to the fall of the Roman Empire) to the ancient Americas. Asian art includes Buddhist art from the 2nd century and African art is well-represented by objects from Sub-Sahara.

European and American painting is also well-represented by the master artists such as Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Piet Mondrian and Vincent van Gogh. One highlight of the collection is the large painting by Frederic Church, titled The Icebergs,1861.

Art after 1945, is represented by German artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Anselm Kiefer.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum runs the Awards to Artists grants program offering several diverse grants to artists. Please check the Museum's website for the specific details.

Employment Information:

The Dallas Museum of Art posts its employment opportunities on its website in the various departments such as administrative, collections management, communications, curatorial, design, educational, marketing and security.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for any job listing that is posted on the Museum's website, send your résumé, with a cover letter to the appropriate person listed.

On-line applications are also available for volunteers and interns.

Museum's Contact Info:

Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas TX 75201. Tel:214-922-1200

The Dallas Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Late Night Fridays (third Friday of the month, excluding December), the Museum is open until midnight
  • Saturdays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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