Monday, November 28, 2011
Discover the quirk in Dallas-Fort Worth museums
If going to the same museums is becoming mundane, we've got some unique places you should try.
Going to the same art or science museum can take the spunk out of visiting our region's cultural gems. We've compiled a list of several museums in the North Texas area – some you may not even know about – that offer a unique and creative experience.
Small but worth the visit is a museum dedicated to art incorporating geometrical elements near McKinney Avenue in Dallas. The little known MADI art movement (Movement, Abstraction, Dimension, Invention) was started in the 1940s, therefore making all of the art in the building modern. According to co-founder Dorothy Masterson, the museum was started in the early 2000s. Masterson wants visitors to appreciate “the uniqueness … the beauty” of geometric and MADI art. Though the majority of art is acrylic-based, installations and collages are also presented. Workshops for children and adults are available. Adults can take part in the Arcadia Salon, which features discussions of modern art topics catering to both artists and art lovers.
Located near Duncanville, the museum is worth the drive for visitors interested in expanding their knowledge of other cultures. In addition to art, artifacts are also on display. The museum specializes in exhibits for tribes and cultures in more than two dozen countries. An emphasis on educating children of other cultures is facilitated by a special curriculum and museum tours.
The sport may not be a mainstay on ESPN, but bowling still has a presence in modern society. Learn about the past and present of bowling in this one-of-a-kind museum in Arlington. Exhibits include historical bowling memorabilia, notable players, and a bowling lane for visitors to use. There is an emphasis on interactive exhibits for both children and adults. According to Managing Director Eric Kearney, the museum also has exhibits on the Internet, “so people can enjoy them not only from their home, but anywhere in the world.”
Housed on the TCU campus, the Monnig Meteorite Gallery is open to anyone wanting to get a closer look at these peculiar rocks. More than 1,000 meteorites in all shapes and sizes are located in the gallery, and some were found in countries as far away as Russia and Saudi Arabia.