The Nasher Sculpture Center has been the centerpiece of the Dallas art scene for a few years now. Well, at least in my opinion. The other large Dallas art museum is the Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA is in an old building, architecturally uninteresting and seems to have faded from its glory days when it was probably the only art center in Dallas. Admittedly, the DMA is more likely to get bigger traveling exhibits because it has the space, but their permanent collection and the building itself is just sub-par.
So if you only have time to visit one of the Dallas art museums, I’d recommend the Nasher Sculpture Center. It’s a small museum but its backyard courtyard and garden are a welcome oasis in downtown Dallas. The Nasher museum is even free on the first Saturday of each month!
About the Nasher Sculpture Center
The museum features works by Jean Arp, Joseph Beuys, Antony Gormley, Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti to name just a few. The collection has been around for a while but the museum has only been open since 2003. I’ve visited the center twice now and enjoyed it both times. The sculpture garden in the back is the clear highlight. There’s also a popular cafe and restaurant on the terrace overlooking the garden—food with a view!
Dallas Art Museums
Nasher Sculpture Center
The Crow Collection of Asian Art
Dallas Museum of Art