Located in Dallas’ first city park, the Dallas Heritage Village focuses its collections on the 1840-1910 time period. It houses more than 24,000 objects and archival materials, along with historic buildings and furnishings where visitors can learn about the city’s early history. For ghost hunters, check out the village’s Millermore Mansion.
Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum explores the life and death of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Visitors tour multi-media exhibits and collections relating to Kennedy’s legacy and the aftermath of his assassination in November 1963. A recreated corner window where the assassination took place is one of the museum’s many highlights.
W.C. Dodson designed the Denton County courthouse in 1896. Today, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum focuses on the county’s history and culture with special exhibits, lectures, and events. The museum is also the site of John B. Denton’s grave. The Bayless-Selby House and the Quakertown House museums are nearby in Historical Park.
The Cattle Raisers Museum is located on the second floor of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Here, visitors can learn about the cattle industry, from Spanish settler to modern times. Exhibits include interactive chronological timelines, videos, and artifacts pertaining to Texas’ role in protecting livestock and wildlife.
If you’re curious about pioneer life in 19th century North Texas, then visit Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village. There, you’ll experience a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, a water-powered gristmill, an herb garden, and log homes, all dating to the mid-1800s. Historical interpreters depicted in the time period’s lifestyle lead group tours.
Opened in 2001, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Fort Worth Stockyards honors men and women from the sport of rodeo and the western lifestyle. There are more than 100 inductees. Visitors can also experience the Chisholm Trail Exhibit and the Zigrang Bit Collection. For children, there’s the three-station, interactive Exploratorium.
Now home to Cowboys, Roughriders, and Toros, Frisco was once a train stop and shipping point for farmers at the turn of the 20th century. At the Frisco Heritage Museum, visitors can see a steam locomotive, a wooden caboose, and historic buildings such as a blacksmith shop, a church, and a schoolhouse.
The Settlement to City Museums in Grapevine feature the Donald Schoolhouse, built in 1900; the Keeling House Museum, a 1888 home that displays city artifacts; the Grapevine Cotton Ginner’s Museum, where there are interactive displays for visitors; and the Grapevine Historical Museum, where you can explore the early lives of Grapevine residents.
Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum aims to show visitors what life was like on the Blackland Prairie. Hunter Farrell built the farm in 1891, which is now a 4.5-acre living museum where you can tour the Young House, collections of Victorian Era tools and textiles, and special exhibits.
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