Culture

Rich in History

Fair Park, a National Historic Landmark and site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exhibition, is home to some of Dallas’ best museums, educational discovery centers, and the world’s largest collection of Art Deco exhibit buildings, art, and sculptures. While at the Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas, be sure to visit one of the many points of interest located in the historic 277-acre park.

Hall of State

Originally called the State of Texas building, the Hall of State debuted in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial Exhibition. Crafted from Texas limestone, The Hall of State, at a cost of $1.2 million, was the most expensive building per square foot built in Texas at the time.

Celebrating Texas Innovation

Aligned with the Fair’s 2018 theme of “Celebrating Texas Innovation,” the Hall of State’s featured exhibit during the Fair will be named Celebrating Texas Innovation. This exhibit offers a first-hand look into some of the best Texan inventions and innovations of all time. Bring the whole family to get inspired and learn more about the Lone Star State’s contributions to food, medicine, agriculture, art, industry, and science. In addition, the Hall of State will host Dallas in the Time of MLK, which focuses on King’s 1963 speech in Fair Park and his 1966 speech at Southern Methodist University.

Location

Located on Lone Star Blvd across from the Esplanade

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African American Museum

Home to one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the United States, the museum also showcases African American fine art, traditional African art and historical artifacts dating back to the 1800s.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Dallas will be the very first city to host this updated touring exhibition, which brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. The exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticello, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history. The exhibit will be featured inside the African American Museum from September 22 through December 31.

Location

Located on Grand Ave next to Gate 5

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Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

The Children’s Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.

Location

Located at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and First Ave

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Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens’ mission is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve, and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on organic and sustainable gardening. The garden also houses thousands of unique butterflies in an enclosed environment designed to educate young and old alike.

Lone Star Nature Arts Competition gallery

Competition-winning entries in paint, sculpture, wood carving, photography, and more will be on display exclusively during the run of the 2018 State Fair of Texas. In addition, Texas Discovery Gardens has added a Natural Playscape and Eco Discovery Tour. Enjoy playing outside and learning about our natural world. Stops include a leaf ID area, bark rubbing station, sand pit, rope ladder, swing bridge, and rock climbing wall.

 

Location

Located near Gate 6 across from the Bandshell

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Music Hall at Fair Park

The Music Hall at Fair Park is open to visitors during the State Fair. Visitors are able to wander through the lobby to view memorabilia, purchase snacks and drinks, and buy tickets for upcoming events.

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location

Located next to Gate 4 across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Paying tribute to our brave veterans, five tablets of Texas granite are inscribed with the names of Texans killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War. Visitors can place American flags next to the names of soldiers they wish to honor. Nine recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor are among those memorialized. The inscriptions include Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Location

Located on First Ave near the front gate

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Continental DAR House

Home to the Jane Douglas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, this landmark building first opened its doors in 1936 at the Texas Centennial Exposition. Visitors learn about history, conservation, literacy, and genealogy through exhibits, artifacts, posters, brochures, flag displays, patriotic videos and music.

Location

Located next to the Women's Museum and the front gate

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