Take a walk through U.S. history to experience the moments that shook the nation and be reminded of President John F. Kennedy’s lasting legacy at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Plan to arrive early so you have time to take in all the museum has to offer before the last tickets are sold at 5:15 p.m. We highly recommend the guided audio tour and afterward, checking out the impressive gift shop across the street! The store features a large collection of JFK apparel, books, media and gifts. There’s even a special section paying homage to Jackie Kennedy with some of her famous fashion accessories. Don’t miss the new themed collection JFK at 100: A Centennial Celebration, in honor of the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth on May 29, 1917. Before you head to the next museum, pop by their café for a bite to eat or specialty coffee.
Just around the corner (about a 5-minute drive) from The Sixth Floor Museum is the Dallas Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the country. Since its start in 1909, the DMA has been in the vanguard of the art world. This October, the outstanding exhibit Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins will be temporarily open to the public. Just as creative and trendsetting as the exhibitions, is the museum shop! You can expect an array of jewelry, children’s items, textiles, office supplies, home decor and more! Pro tip: Subscribe to the DMA’s email list to be updated about major savings and sales at the shop.
Spend a leisurely Saturday in the Fort Worth Cultural District where the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Kimbell Art Museum are located on opposite sides of the same street—yet offer completely opposite experiences! In addition to fabulous gift shops, the museums also house incredible restaurants, so make time to enjoy brunch or lunch at either Café Modern or the Kimbell Buffet Restaurant.
From neon light installations to KAWS’ gigantic cartoon figures, the exhibits at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth introduce new concepts and meanings to art that continuously fascinate us. The gift shop is no exception to the museum’s focus on pop-culture and modern art. Items for purchase include funky jewelry, books and modern art-inspired gifts such as cufflinks, wine glasses and tech accessories.
Venture across the street to the Kimbell Art Museum and walk through the doors to an entirely different collection of art. The museum prides itself on curating a small, yet high-quality collection of antiquities, European art, Asian art, the art of the ancient Americas, and African and Oceanic art. The museum shop (located on the second floor lobby) is special for its signature items such as the Kimbell Cookbook and Michelangelo puzzle. Many items carried by the shop are exclusive to the museum store, so it’s a must-visit.
After a weekend full of several museum visits and shopping, treat yourself to a Sunday fun day at the National Videogame Museum in Frisco! The museum provides the ultimate gamer outing, and even if you don’t consider yourself a gamer, you’ll be treated to a blast from the past when you first walk through an interactive exhibit on the history of consoles. Finish the tour in a retro arcade, “Pixel Dreams,” which we consider an extension of the museum gift shop.
With a ticket to the museum, each guest receives four tokens for the arcade. One free play of an arcade game only costs one token, and additional tokens are available for purchase. We loved the classic Mario Bros game during our recent visit. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve gone back in time when you’re here. And the best part? After playing the games, you can take souvenirs home with you so that the “gamer history and life” lives on in the present and beyond!