Mary Kay Ash is one of North Texas’ most successful businesswomen, and Addison’s Mary Kay Museum showcases her accomplishments, ideas and motivational speeches in an inspiring way. Located in the lobby of the Mary Kay World Headquarters, visitors and product fans can experience this museum absolutely free.
Arlington’s International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame takes you on a tour through the history of bowling—all the way from ancient Egypt to modern times. Visitors can look through artifacts, video clips and photos while learning about the advocates and champions behind the sport. Admission is $9.50.
Hands down, this is one of North Texas’ most unique and perhaps bizarre museums. Visitors can see more than 120 pairs of cast bronze hands from such people as Walt Disney, Katharine Hepburn, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Seuss. Admission is free.
Denton’s Firefighters Museum in the lobby of the Central Fire Station serves to honor firefighters with a collection of memorabilia from the 19th century to the present day. Kids love this museum and can view historic collectibles including an 1800’s hose cart, a ladder truck from the early 20th century and gear. Admission is free.
Located in the Cultural District, Fort Worth’s 33,000-square-foot National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame serves to honor women of the American West and is the only museum of its kind. It features more than 4,000 artifacts and information on more than 750 women. Admission is $10.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone in America has played a videogame once in their lives. At the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, you can relive the history of the industry while also playing as many games as possible. Read more here on the ultimate gamer outing. General admission tickets are $12.
For years, Ripley’s has entertained and fascinated adults and children alike. It features 12 rooms of bizarre items along with 200+ lifelike figures in Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax. Explore the 2,000-square-foot Enchanted Mirror Maze and be mesmerized in the 7D Moving Theater. The complex is open 365 days a year, and combo ticket packages are available.
This detailed diorama is in the historic Grapevine rail yard in a train car and features structures of downtown Grapevine along with three tracks that can run up to six trains at a time. Open on Saturday and Sunday with a $2 general admission ticket.
Those young and old who are curious about the history of the Texas Electric Railway and the science on how it works should visit the interactive Interurban Railway Museum located in downtown Plano. Tours of historic Car 360 are also offered. Admission is free.
Anywhere in the world, the mention of Dallas elicits “J.R.!” in response. At Plano’s Southfork Ranch, visitors can experience moments from the hit T.V. show in the “Dallas Legends: Fact to Fantasy” exhibit, such as the gun that shot J.R., clips from the show, and memorabilia from Texas’ most famous imaginary family, the Ewings.