Begin your visit to the DMA with the complete list of 100 Experiences.
Note: Objects listed are usually on view, but may not be on the day of your visit. Check with Visitor Services about specific works of art.
1. Free general admission
In January 2013, the DMA returned to free general admission. Explore the DMA’s collection for free anytime during Museum hours.
2. Become a DMA Friend
Join the first free membership program in the U.S.! DMA Friends is a free program that allows you to discover new and fun activities at the DMA. Signing up is easy. Become a DMA Friend at one of the kiosks located on the DMA’s first level near a Visitor Services Desk. You can earn credit for your participation at the DMA and redeem the credit for special rewards like free tickets, behind-the-scenes tours, discounts on shopping and dining, and access to exclusive experiences at the Museum.
3. Take the Museum home with you
The art collection that took a century to put together is available to go. Why not add Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection to your library? It can be found in the Museum Store along with many other titles.
4. Check out clues in portraits
Artists that were commissioned to paint portraits often made people look better than they really did. Check out the portraits in the American Art Galleries on Level 4 and the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Visual clues are often included in the portrait to tell you something about the subject. For example, if you see books in the portrait, it indicates the subject was educated. Land indicates wealth. Flowers indicate youth and life. What would you choose to have in the background of your portrait?
5. Change your lunchtime scenery
Take a break from the ordinary downtown dining experience by bringing your lunch to the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Sit in the shade as waterfalls cascade in the background. With tables and chairs available, it’s a convenient, peaceful place to take a break from the daily grind.
6. Be an art critic
You may not have a degree in art history, but you do have an opinion. What would you give rave reviews to? What gets a thumbs down?
7. Meet friends for drinks
On Thursday nights the Museum is a hip scene. Open until 9:00 p.m., it’s the perfect place to get your night started. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., enjoy drinks and live music in the Atrium.
8. Have a Mondrian experience
Piet Mondrian is known for his use of primary colors and simple, geometric shapes; however, the Dallas Museum of Art also has early works that exhibit his career as an artist. Look at the full range of Mondrian’s paintings. They can be found in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Piet Mondrian is one of the most important modernist painters. See if you can find any common elements between his early work and later work. Why do you think his style changed so drastically? Which style do you prefer?
9. Take the little tour
Step up and take a close look at art that will fit in the palm of your hand. Start by finding the Greek gold earrings representing Eros in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Classical Galleries on Level 2 and the Colombian gold bird-form finial in the Art of the Ancient Americas Galleries on Level 4.
10. Volunteer with Go van Gogh®
The purpose of Go van Gogh® outreach is to introduce people to the Museum and to encourage them to visit. Volunteers present art programs to schools and participate in festivals around the Dallas area. To learn more, visit the website or call 214-922-1231.
11. Enjoy a casual meal
Dine under the Hart Window in the DMA Cafe, located in the Museum’s Atrium. The menu features exhibition-influenced dishes, handcrafted salads and sandwiches, specialty plates, made-from-scratch soups, sweets, snacks, and Little Artists' combos. The DMA Cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
12. Do some furniture shopping
Walk through the Museum and pick out the pieces of furniture that would give your home a new look. How would the Gothic Revival bed in the American Art Galleries on Level 4 look in your bedroom? What about the French cabinet on stand from the Reves Collection on Level 3? What else can you find in the Museum that would add some artistic style to your home?
13. Get a book recommendation
Throughout history artists have been inspired by literature and literature has been inspired by art. Find the following paintings in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2: Oedipus at Colonus by Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust, adapted from the ancient Greek play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles; The Pilgrim at the Gate of Idleness by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, based on a poem by Chaucer; and Apollo and Diana Attacking the Children of Niobe by Jacques-Louis David.
14. See a revolutionary masterwork
Find the Jackson Pollock painting that Stanley Marcus secured for the Museum from Bernard J. Reis. It’s usually located in the Contemporary Art Galleries on Level 1. In the 1950s, Jackson Pollock’s painting technique was totally unique to the world of art. He put his canvases on the floor instead of standing them up to paint, and he “dripped” paint with stir sticks instead of using brushstrokes.
15. Use art as your travel guide
Throughout the Museum, you will come across beautiful scenes from all over the world. Which countries do you see represented? Plan your travel itinerary based on what you find. Perhaps a week in Tahiti followed by a week in Paris? Or maybe a trip to New Mexico? Did you discover any locations that you had never considered visiting before?
16. Tour the Museum without looking at the art
Look beyond the paintings and focus on the frames. Frames are very important to artists. Some artists even paint the frame to go specifically with the painting. Which frames do you like the most? The least? Which frame would go best with the décor of your home? Philanthropists Wendy and Emery Reves were so fond of frames, they collected them as art. Their frames are part of the Reves Collection, located on Level 3.
17. Admire the young
Bring your kids and show them paintings featuring children. Start with John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Dorothy, usually on view in the American Art Galleries on Level 4. See how many other children you can find in works of art. How do they resemble your child? How are they different?
18. Go shopping for jewelry
Stop by the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Galleries on Level 2 and pick out some earrings and necklaces. How have jewelry styles changed in 5,000 years? Many of the solid-gold pieces in this gallery were from people who were buried with their jewelry. Is there anything that you would wear now? What would make a good gift?
19. Look for writing on the art
Artists sign their art in many different ways. Some don’t sign at all. How are the signatures different? Does the handwriting surprise you? Where is the signature? Look at the signature of one artist in different paintings. Does it change? How would you sign your art?
20. Search for feeling
Find the most disturbing art. The sexiest. The saddest. The most whimsical.
21. Revel in your favorite color
The entire spectrum of color is represented in the DMA. Start with an artist who was obsessed with color, Mark Rothko. His painting Orange, Red and Red is usually on view in the Contemporary Art Galleries on Level 1. After that, wander the Museum on a hunt for your favorite color. Does the color always represent the same feelings? If you were an artist, what colors would you use?
22. Look beyond what you see with your eyes
Sometimes it is interesting to imagine what is happening outside the frame. Which painting would you want to be a part of for a day? Start with the landscape paintings in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2 or the American Art Galleries on Level 4.
23. Feed your appetite for knowledge
Gallery Talks happen every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. It’s a free forty-five-minute discussion led by various speakers. Each week features a different topic. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk located near the Museum's Main Entrance. Visit the Gallery Talks & Tours page for upcoming talks; some Gallery Talks may require a special exhibition ticket.
24. Examine a four-thousand-year-old paint job
In the Ancient Egypt Gallery on Level 3, you will come across a relief sculpture showing a procession of offering bearers from the tomb of Nyankhnesut made from limestone and paint. The paint is still visible and intact since the piece was buried in a tomb until its excavation in the 1960s. It was then sent to the United States. Several other museums have parts of Nyankhnesut's tomb, including the Cleveland Museum of Art.
25. Pick a nom de plume
Select three adjacent works of art in any of the DMA galleries. If these works represented chapters one, two, and three of a book, what would the storyline of that book be? Which work is the beginning, the middle, and the end?
26. Look for love
Bring your significant other to the Museum and see how eternal love is always in the air. The portraits by John Singleton Copley on Level 4 of Sarah Sherburne and Woodbury Langdon were painted two years after their marriage and capture the couple as they wanted to be remembered, as powerful, stylish and affluent. How do other works conjure up romance? Look for art that reminds you of each other.
27. Let your children be your Museum guide
It can be interesting to hear a child’s interpretation of art. Encourage them to describe what they see and what they think things mean.
28. See sculptures made from everything in the world
Keep a running tally of how many different types of materials are used to form a sculpture, such as bronze, terracotta, marble, steel, and light. You can even find materials like monkey skull, boar’s tusks, sea snail opercula, tree fern, jadeite, anthracite, and whalebone. Is there anything that art could not be made from?
29. Discover new details in paintings
Take a close look at brushstroke techniques. Notice how paintings look different depending on how the paint was applied? Look at the brushstrokes in The Seine at Lavacourt by Claude Monet in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Compare this to Sheaves of Wheat by Vincent van Gogh in the Reves Collection on Level 3. Find a painting where the brushstrokes aren’t visible. Which technique do you prefer? What would you use if you were an artist?
30. Travel to sub-Saharan Africa
The creativity in use of materials to make works of art is astounding. Go to the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3 and look for these amazing examples of art made from interesting materials.
- Waist pendant plaque from southwest Nigeria, made of ivory
- Kuba mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made of raffia, wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, parrot feathers, and goat hair
- Standing male figure (nkisi nkondi) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made of wood, iron, raffia, pigment of kaolin, and red camwood powder
What others can you find?
31. Learn about a legendary doll
In the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3, you will find a doll (Akua’ba). According to Asante legend, a young woman named Akua could not bear children. The village priest told her to have a doll made in the form of an ideal child, to care for it for nine months, and to treat it like a living baby. She did this, despite the mocking of other villagers. At the end of nine months, to the astonishment of all, she gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
32. Play the name game
Study a work of art without looking at its title. What would you title it? Now look and see what the artist called it. Does the title change what you think of the art?
33. Do some celebrity sighting
There are names in the world of art that are so famous they have become part of popular culture. Even better, they are part of the DMA. Look for works by van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Mondrian, Gauguin, Rembrandt, O’Keeffe, and Cézanne. Who is your favorite artist?
34. Examine the art of Tiffany & Co.
Browse through the American Art Galleries on Level 4. Look for the Favrile vases and the cigar humidor, both by Tiffany & Co. And don’t miss the beautiful stained glass windows in the gallery just outside the Reves Collection on Level 3.
35. Ask for rain
On the Level 4 Landing at the top of the Atrium stairs stands a very large sculpture of Tlaloc, the Mixtec god of rain and lightning. When Tlaloc is stingy with rain, a drought occurs. When he is overly generous, there are floods. In fact, when this sculpture was relocated within the Museum, it rained—ending a seven-year drought. If you could use a little rain, it couldn’t hurt to ask.
36. Whet your appetite
Look for Munich Still Life by William Michael Harnett in the American Art Galleries on Level 4. Usually on view in the Reves Collection on Level 3 you’ll find Still Life with Apples on a Sideboard by Paul Cézanne and Brioche with Pears by Edouard Manet. Which one makes you hungry?
37. See only the color red
Bring a friend and have a discussion about how red represents different emotions in different works of art. Here are a few examples usually on view to get you started.
- Buildings by Charles Demuth, in the American Art Galleries on Level 4.
- Red Panel by Ellsworth Kelly, in the Contemporary Art Galleries on Level 1.
- Mountain Landscape with an Approaching Storm by Claude-Joseph Vernet, in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2.
- The Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup, in the Japan Gallery on Level 3.
38. Indulge in opulence
The theme of opulence can be found throughout the Museum. Marvel at the Vanderbilt Console in the American Art Galleries on Level 4, and Takenouchi no Sukune Meets the Dragon King of the Sea in the Japan Gallery, the Waist pendant plaque in the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery, and the cup with cover with a cast coat of arms in the European Decorative Arts Gallery, all on Level 3.
39. Experience the beauty of the four seasons
Fleischner Courtyard is the only living, breathing commissioned artwork in the Museum. The look of the Fleischner Courtyard changes as the seasons change. Step out the doors near the Center for Creative Connections (C3) to see and feel it for yourself. Watch how it changes throughout the year.
40. Find a lost dog
Look for the large painting by Rufino Tamayo called El Hombre on Level 1. Can you spot the hidden canine?
41. Take a trip to Indonesia
Visit the exotic islands of Indonesia through a rich mix of sculpture, textiles, and metalwork in the Arts of the Pacific Islands Galleries on Level 3. Look for human figures, real and mythical animals, and textiles that were sacred heirlooms. The number of rare and one-of-a-kind objects makes this one of the most important collections of Indonesian regional art in the world. Take some time to read about the Indonesian people.
42. Experience art in a whole new light
Finding the light source in a painting can be a way to describe a piece of art. What does the light in the art signify? In Alfred Stevens’s painting The Visit in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2, notice how the light moves your eye across the painting. Also in the same gallery, look at Forest of Fontainebleau by Narcisse Diaz de la Peña. If these works are not on view, what other works explore the use of light?
43. Set the table
Visit the American Decorative Arts and Silver Gallery on Level 4 and choose multiple objects to create an imaginary place setting at a dinner party. What will be served on or with this art object? Who is hosting the dinner party? Who is invited?
44. Look at people looking
What do you think of these interesting looks?
- Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop by Honoré Daumier
- The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to His Wife by Nicolas Mignard
Both are usually found in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. If your image was captured for display right now, what would your expression be?
45. Find the design for your next tattoo
What piece of art would you get as a tattoo? Look at some of the Indonesian objects in the Arts of the Pacific Islands Galleries on Level 3 or the ceramic designs in the Native North America Gallery on Level 4.
46. Get social
Follow the DMA on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, to keep up to date on what is happening at the Museum.
47. Dance through the galleries
Dance and art have influenced each other for thousands of years. Look for these examples of dancing or dancers in art: The Alliance of Bacchus and Cupid by Antoine Coypel, in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2, and Study for "The Spanish Dancer" by John Singer Sargent, usually on view in the American Art Galleries on Level 4. What other examples can you find?
48. Contemplate mortality and death
The theme of death can be found throughout the Museum. Examples include Fox in the Snow by Gustave Courbet, in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2, the pair of lokapala (heavenly guardians) in the China Gallery on Level 3, and the rhythm pounder (deble) in the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3.
49. Pack an overnight bag
Join the DMA Friends program and start earning credit. Once you have 100,000 points you could spend the night at the DMA! Visit one of the DMA Friends kiosks on Level 1 for more information.
50. Visit the Museum’s oldest object
The sculpture of the head and upper torso of Seti was created during Egypt’s 19th Dynasty, c. 1303-1290 B.C. At home in the Ancient Egypt Gallery on Level 3, this statue depicts one of the most powerful pharaohs of the Egyptian empire. The stone statue was broken long ago. What parts are missing?
51. Find a distinctive gift
The Museum Store is a great place to explore year-round for unique gifts, books, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind objects. It features an extensive collection of art books and other unique art-related gifts. Open Tuesday–Sunday 11–5, Thursday 11–9.
52. Find paintings that think outside the box
Canvases aren’t always rectangular. Find Claude Monet’s Water Lilies in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Do you like this shape? What about a painting without a canvas, like Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawing #398 above the Flora Street Entrance. Look for other unique shapes used to display art.
53. Sip on some tea
Before going to the DMA Cafe for a relaxing cup of tea, admire the simple beauty of the small food dish for the tea ceremony in the Japan Gallery on Level 3. This piece of blue-and-white porcelain was used for the meal served during an elaborate tea ceremony.
54. Find a true gentleman
The subject of That Gentleman by Andrew Wyeth was described as "not a character, but a dignified gentleman who might otherwise have gone unrecorded." See if Wyeth's gentleman reminds you of anyone. He is in the American Art Galleries on Level 4.
55. Take the BIG tour
Stand back and take in art that is larger than life. Find the Vanuatu standing male figure, carved from tree fern, in the Arts of the Pacific Islands Galleries on Level 3, or Skyway by Robert Rauschenberg and the statue of Semiramis by William Wetmore Story, both on Level 1, or the sculpture by Mark Di Suvero outside on the Ross Avenue Plaza.
56. Look for your family
As you tour the Museum with your family, look for art that reminds you of each other. Who looks like Dad? Mom? The family pet?
57. Greet Mr. Murphy
The DMA is home to two of the eight remaining paintings created by American artist Gerald Murphy. Visit Razor and Watch in the American Art Galleries on Level 4.
58. Create a romantic moment
If you are looking for a quiet, romantic spot on a Thursday night, the Museum’s Sculpture Garden is it. The waterfalls. The city lights. The art. It’s a great place to stop when on a date.
59. Have a Georgia O’Keeffe experience
Reacquaint yourself with Georgia O’Keeffe. Compare Yellow Cactus Flowers, Grey, Blue, and Black—Pink Circle, and Bare Tree Trunks with Snow, all usually on view in the American Art Galleries on Level 4.
60. Take a bite-sized tour
The Dallas Museum of Art has over 22,000 works of art from around the world and throughout time, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. It is a big museum, so start your visit with a bite-sized tour. Download a tour from the DMA’s website, or ask for one in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) on Level 1.
61. Help your kids walk away with some art
Studio Creations is a hands-on workshop where children can create art inspired by the Museum’s collection. It’s the perfect way for children to express their creativity. It happens every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) on Level 1.
62. Bring a group
The DMA offers groups of ten or more a variety of ways to enjoy the Museum. Whether you have an hour to spend in the collection, want to experience a special exhibition, or have time to spend the entire day, including lunch and a guided tour, the Museum can help create a memorable experience. To make a reservation call 214-922-1222 or e-mail groupsales@DMA.org.
63. Participate in an Artistic Encounter
C3 Artistic Encounters let you experience art in new ways! They are held in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) Art Studio or Tech Lab on selected Thursday evenings. Experts and beginners welcome! Register for an upcoming class online.
64. Find the Art Cart
Be on the lookout for the C3 Art Cart roaming the galleries. Once you find the Art Cart, participate in artistic activities inspired by the DMA's collection.
65. Be inspired to write
Bring your journal to the Museum or purchase one at the Museum Store. Then find a spot in the DMA’s Sculpture Garden or one of the galleries and let the art guide your writing.
66. Grab your smARTphone
Get to know the collection on your web-enabled device while in the galleries. The smARTphone tour includes interviews with DMA staff members, information about the artist or culture that made each work of art, geographical information, images, and videos.
67. Find the outside inside
Look for the indoor wall that has the words “Dallas Museum of Art” engraved into it, at the Level 4 Landing between the elevator and the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries. This wall was once the outside of the Museum. When planning the addition to the building, the architects decided to leave the wall intact.
68. People watch
Look at people looking at art. How do people look at art? Does everyone stop at the same places? Do they read the labels before or after examining the art?
69. Find Cinderella and live happily ever after
Thomas Sully’s masterpiece Cinderella by the Kitchen Fire is usually on view in the American Art Galleries on Level 4. Notice her wicked stepsisters in the background and remember there is always hope for a happily ever after . . .
70. Visit a Mediterranean villa
Inside the Museum is a replica of the home, originally built for Coco Chanel in 1927, of Wendy and Emery Reves in France. See how they lived. Admire the art they collected. Discover names of artists you recognize in their collection. Find out how many famous guests they had at their home.
71. Take the DMA outside
Visit the Klyde Warren Park Reading Room and read about the DMA’s collection and exhibitions through a selection of catalogues.
72. Seek and find creatures
In the Ancient American Art Galleries, located on Level 4, find a large piece of flint that resembles a long boat with three passengers. Look for the open mouth. Can you guess what it is? What other animals do you spy?
73. Entertain and inspire your kids
Play, learn, have fun, and be creative—all in one place. Head to the Center for Creative Connections (C3) on Level 1, where every generation can interact with a variety of artworks and create a work of art at the Art Spot.
74. Take an afternoon stroll
The Dallas Museum of Art is consistently the coolest place in the city. To keep damaging humidity away, the temperature is kept at a constant 72 degrees. The quarter-mile trip from one end of the Concourse to the other will always be a comfortable walk.
75. Put together the Museum house band
Music is another art form that is an important part of every culture. Musical instruments can be found throughout the Museum. Find the instruments in Bacchic Concert by Pietro Paolini in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Look in the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3 for a horn made of ivory. On Level 4, find the trumpet from Peru dating from c. 300-22 B.C.
76. Take a trip around the world
If you start your Museum visit on Level 4 and make your way down, you will experience art and culture from the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Europe. No passport required.
77. Become a docent
Docents at the DMA are volunteers who conduct weekly tours for groups of visitors ranging from elementary school students to international dignitaries. Training to become a docent requires participation in an ongoing program of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops led by Museum staff and outside experts. To find out about this rewarding experience, call 214-922-1842.
78. Enjoy a Peaceable Kingdom
Enjoy the famous Edward Hicks painting Peaceable Kingdom, usually on view in the American Art Galleries on Level 4. Which animals are wild (would live in a jungle), and which are tame (could be kept as pets or would live on a farm)?
79. Find the guards
Guardians and protectors have taken many forms throughout time—statues, a talisman, even a rabbit's foot. Look in the Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Galleries on Level 3 for objects that were used to protect their owners. For starters, look for the pair of guardian figures in the China Gallery and the jaraik from Indonesia in the Arts of the Pacific Islands Galleries.
80. Look behind the masks
For thousands of years, masks have been used in ceremonies from fertility dances to funerals. They have been created to represent everything from political power to visions of the spirit world. Masks can be found in art from all over the world. Which do you find the most interesting?
81. Find all the places to sit
Did you realize a chair could be a work of art? There are many chairs represented in the galleries. Describe or sketch some of the chairs you find. Which look the most comfortable? Which would you put in your house?
82. Create your own experience
This guide is simply a suggestion. The possibilities for experiences at the DMA are endless. What is your favorite way to experience the Museum?
83. Explore the art of architecture
The DMA was designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes as a work of art to house works of art. Go outside and walk around the Museum. Using geometry to order spaces without restricting them, Barnes created a truly monumental building.
84. Witness a sacrifice
The Aztec god Xipe Totec was honored by cutting out the heart of a human victim and then flaying him. What do you think they did with that skin? To answer the question, find the Aztec figure of a Xipe impersonator in the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries on Level 4.
85. See double
Look for pairs in art. Look for the pair of ancestor figures from Indonesia in the Arts of the Pacific Islands Galleries on Level 3. Visit the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3 and find the shrine couple from Nigeria.
86. Get to know your “isms”
Discover the various “isms” of the 19th and early 20th century in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2. Jean-Antoine-Theodore Giroust’s Oedipus at Colonus is an example of neoclassicism, realism is shown in Gustave Courbet’s Fox in the Snow, and you can visit Claude Monet’s Water Lilies for a taste of impressionism and Pablo Picasso’s Bottle of Port and Glass for cubism.
87. Go mining for gold
See how the Sicán culture honored this precious material through their creations in our extensive collection of gold beakers and masks in the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries on Level 4.
88. Join a book club
Listen to award-winning authors discuss their work at an Arts & Letters Live program, the literary and performing arts series for all ages at the DMA. Arts & Letters Live offers events throughout the year. Don’t miss your chance to meet your favorite authors.
89. Immerse yourself in knowledge
With art magazines, auction catalogues, over 60,000 titles, and online research tools, the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library is your insightful connection to the DMA's collection. For more information, call 214-922-1277 or e-mail library@DMA.org.
90. Check on the neighbors
At the top of the grand staircase in the Atrium you will find a pleasant overlook in the corner where you can see the Nasher Sculpture Center, Klyde Warren Park, and a few of our other Dallas Arts District neighbors.
91. Never surrender in your quest for Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was a frequent guest of Wendy and Emery Reves. You will find many fascinating Churchill artifacts, including a few of his paintings, in the Reves Collection on Level 3.
92. Stop and enjoy the flowers
The springtime wisteria blooms in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden near the Ross Avenue Entrance are breathtakingly beautiful. After admiring their splendor, go find Water Lilies by Claude Monet in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2.
93. Find the mural that was saved from destruction
Located near the parking garage entrance is the mural Genesis, the Gift of Life by Miguel Covarrubias. It was once a part of the Stewart Building at Royal Lane and Central Expressway in Dallas. In 1993, after learning that the mural was slated for destruction, Comerica Bank-Texas made a generous donation to restore and move this intricate mural to the DMA.
94. Help your kids find the family programs mascot
Our family mascot, Arturo, is based on a parrot from Peru that was made almost 2,000 years ago. Look for the original in the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries on Level 4. Look for the cuddly stuffed mascot in the Museum Store.
95. Go to bed
In the American Art Galleries on Level 4, you will find a thirteen-foot Brazilian rosewood Gothic Revival bed. It was part of a suite of bedroom furniture that was destined for the White House with Henry Clay, who ran for president in 1844. He didn’t win.
96. Take the Top Ten Tour
Don’t have a lot of time? Zero in on these ten objects. It will give you a sense of what the Museum is all about. Note: These objects are usually on view, but may not be on the day of your visit. Check with Visitor Services.
- The Icebergs by Frederic Church, in the American Art Galleries on Level 4
- Bedstead, from the Workshop of Crawford Riddell, in the American Art Galleries on Level 4
- Vishnu as Varaha, in the Hindu Art Gallery on Level 3
- Standing male figure (nkisi nkondi), in the Sub-Saharan Africa Gallery on Level 3
- Place de la Concorde by Piet Mondrian, in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2
- Water Lilies by Claude Monet, in the European Painting and Sculpture Galleries on Level 2
- Sheaves of Wheat by Vincent van Gogh, in the Reves Collection on Level 3
- Lighthouse Hill by Edward Hopper, in the American Art Galleries on Level 4
- Cathedral by Jackson Pollock, in the Contemporary Art Galleries on Level 1
- Jean d’Aire by Auguste Rodin, in the outdoor Sculpture Garden
97. Become a ringleader
Bring three people with you on your Museum visit and receive the Ringleader Badge. There are many Badges to earn in the DMA Friends program by completing bundles of activities. Be sure to sign up for the DMA Friends program to earn your badges!
98. Shine some light on a 2,000-year-old textile
The Paracas mantle in the Ancient Art of the Americas Galleries on Level 4 survived in excellent condition for 2,000 years because it was buried in a tomb on the south coast of Peru, which has one of the world’s driest deserts. Now that it’s in the Museum, too much light would cause its vibrant colors to fade. Push the button beside the textile to see birds in dark blue, yellow, green, and purple against red squares.
99. See if Salem produced more than witches
In the American Art Galleries on Level 4, look for the desk and bookcase produced in Salem, Massachusetts, during the late 18th century. The design and construction are wonderful examples of cabinet-making.
100. Partner up
DMA Partners support the Museum, including providing free general admission to all, via one of eleven different giving levels. The Partners program begins at $100 and is focused on creating personalized levels of engagement. For details, stop by the Partner Desk located on the first level, call 214-922-1247, or e-mail partners@DMA.org.