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This Dallas Museum Lost Over $5 Million Worth of Art Last Year, but It's Still Free for Everyone

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by Morgane Croissant Aug 29, 2023

Museums that hold works by Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas are rarely free to enter (Paris’ Orsay Museum certainly isn’t), but at the Dallas Museum of Art (also known as the DMA), things are done differently. Not only is it free to see the permanent collection, but the same is true for most of its temporary exhibitions. Even after a young man broke into the museum in June 2022 and destroyed $5.2 million worth of art and artifacts, the museum and its collection of 25,000 pieces remained free and accessible to everyone.

Where is the Dallas DMA?

The DMA is located in the Dallas Arts District in the city’s downtown. The Dallas Arts District is the cultural hub of the city, with five museums a dozen performance art venues, regular art-focused community events, and more.

The museum’s exact address is: 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, United States

How to get to the DMA?

If you’re not staying in the downtown area, the easiest way to get to the DMA is by using the light rail system. The Red, Blue, Green, and Orange lines of the Dallas DART Rail system all stop at the St. Paul Station, i.e. the nearest one to the museum. It’s a six-minute walk from the St. Paul Station to the entrance to the museum.

Dallas Museum of Art parking

There is a 400-space underground parking garage dedicated to museumgoers located on North Saint Paul Street. A set of stairs/elevator will get you from the parking garage to the main entrance of the museum. The parking garage is open seven days a week, from 10 AM to 9 PM, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1).

Is the Dallas Museum of Art free?

Exterior of the DMA

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General admission to the the DMA, and access to some exhibitions, is free for everyone.

Dallas Museum of Art tickets

Despite the fact that accessing the DMA is free, you’ll need a ticket. It is recommended to get your ticket online in advance, but you can also obtain it on the day of your visit.

Note that some exhibitions require their own ticket on top of the general admission ticket.

Dallas Museum of Art hours of operation

The DMA is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday from 11 AM to 9 PM. On Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31), the museum closes at 5 PM.

The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Does the Dallas Museum of Art have any Van Gogh paintings?

The DMA has four artworks by Vincent Van Gogh in its collection, two drawings and two paintings. However, none of them are currently on display.

From October 17, 2021, to February 6, 2022, the DMA hosted the Van Gogh and the Olive Groves exhibition dedicated to the artist’s Olive Grove series.

Does the the Dallas Museum of Art have any Cartier jewellery?

From May 14 to September 18, 2022, the DMA hosted the Cartier and Islamic Art exhibition where many precious pieces of jewellery were displayed. For this exhibition, the DMA collaborated with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Louvre museum, and French luxury brand Cartier. The event looked at how Islamic art influenced Cartier’s pieces in the early 20th century.

What are the paintings of icebergs in the Dallas Museum of Art?

The painting “The Icebergs”, on display on level four of the DMA in the American Art galleries, is a 1861 oil on canvas by American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church. The piece, which is very large and impressive, is referred to as Church’s masterpiece. It was inspired by the artist’s sailing voyage in the North Atlantic.

What famous artworks are kept at the Dallas Museum of Art?

There are 25,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years in the DMA’s collection and every single one of them is worthy of your time and attention. That said, some artworks are more well-known and popular than others. Some of the most famous pieces at the DMA are:

  • “The Icebergs” by Frederic Edwin Church
  • “Mont St. Michel, Setting Sun” by Paul Signac
  • “Green Frog with Moon” by Otis Dozier
  • “Flores Mexicanas” by Alfredo Ramos Martínez
  • “Dancer with a Fan” by Edgar Degas
  • “Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Specter” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
  • “Ave” by Mark Di Suvero
  • “The Abduction of Europa” by Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre
  • “The Descent from the Cross” by Derick Baegert
  • “The Water Lily Pond” by Claude Monet, among several other paintings by Monet

Map of the DMA

The DMA is comprised of four levels and several outdoor spaces, all of which are carefully sectioned into galleries, including Oceanic Art, Indigenous American Art, the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, The Sculpture Garden, and more. Have a look at the museum’s map or even download it as PDF on your phone if you want to find your way to the art that interest you most.

Where to eat at the DMA?

There’s a café inside the museum — on your left when you enter the DMA via the main entrance on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The DMA Café serves sandwiches, salads, soups, and beverages (including adult drinks) from 11 AM to 4 PM Tuesday to Sunday. Have a look at the menu before your visit.

If you want to find a great place to eat outside of the DMA, check out Matador’s guide to Dallas’ best food by neighborhood.

Can you have your wedding at the DMA?

The DMA offers multiple indoor and outdoor spaces to host events, including weddings:

  • The Hamon Atrium
  • The Fleischner Courtyard
  • The Sculpture Garden
  • The Eagle Family Plaza
  • The Founders Room
  • The Horchow Atrium

Have a look at the museum’s map to see where they are all located.

Brian Hernandez and the Dallas Museum of Art

On the night of June 1, 2022, a young man named Brian Hernandez broke into the DMA by smashing a metal chair through the door and went on to destroy $5.2 million dollars’ worth of art and artifacts, including ancient Greek vessels and a pottery made by an Indigenous artist. Upon getting caught by security guards, Hernandez explained that his destructive spree was the result of feeling anger towards his girlfriend.

Hotels near the Dallas Museum of Art

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