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 the Dallas Children’s Aquarium, African American Museum, Texas Discovery Gardens, Hall of State, Texas Vietnam Memorial, or one of the many points of interest located in the historic 277-acre park.

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 near the lagoon outside the Science Place Building I.

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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.

Location

Located near the Band Shell and the lagoon.

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African American Museum

The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural, and historical materials. The museum has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.

Location

Located near the Band Shell and the lagoon.

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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 near the Vietnam memorial and front gate

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Hall of State

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.

Location

Located at the end of the promenade

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Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Native sons killed or missing in action are commemorated at the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The inscriptions include Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Location

Located in a contemplative spot near the front gates of Fair Park.

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Continental DAR House

Enjoy American history memorabilia at the Continental DAR House. The center features exhibits, artifacts, flag displays, patriotic videos, and music.

Location

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

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