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Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
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100 S Houston St Dallas, TX 75202
100 S Houston StUSTXDallas75202
(214) 757-1914oldred.org
Historical Landmark, Wedding VenueToday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture is located in the West End of downtown Dallas at 100 South Houston Street in the beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse built in 1892.
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Dramatic 1890 red sandstone courthouse exhibiting city annals & artifacts plus events & programs.- Google
People talk about ceremony and reception, jfk memorial, romanesque style, national register of historic places and reception room
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Stavros Macrakis
reviewed a month ago
The former Dallas County Courthouse, built in 1892, is spectacular both on the outside (sandstone and brick) and on the inside (fantastic iron staircase). But the museum itself is a disappointment for a visitor coming to learn more about Dallas -- though it's probably great for local schoolchildren. Some of the generic period cases are really well done (I loved the 60's culture cases), but what's missing is a sense of Dallas in particular. Why is Dallas where it is? How did it get rich? When were the different neighborhoods formed and what happened to them over time? When were the railroads built, where did they go, what did they carry? When were the highways built, what did they replace or destroy? What architectural styles were popular in Dallas compared to elsewhere? A few of these themes are touched on -- we hear about the failure of the Trinity River for water transport, despite attempts at dredging, and the travails of the early settlers carrying heavy loads to Dallas, but transport seems to disappear as a theme after about 1900. I'm still not sure after spending time in that museum whether Dallas got wealthy from cattle, from oil, from agriculture, from transportation, from something else. Was there some inflection point -- perhaps the discovery of oil? What did population growth and economic growth look like over the past 150 years? The museum does take care to discuss the history of African Americans, both under slavery and afterwards (including an exhibit on the KKK), but its treatment of the local Indians is perfunctory. There is a treaty where they agree to stay west of Ft. Worth, but no explanation of how things got to that point. There is the interesting story of the utopian colonists from France and Belgium, but Mexican-Americans don't seem to get much attention. The display case on religion politely mentions a certain Catholic (arch?) bishop and the Muslims in the area, but doesn't talk about the history of religiosity. Evangelical protestant churches seem to be immensely important in this region (you see billboards (!) for megachurches on the side of the highway), but aren't mentioned at all. The current first-floor exhibit about Mayor Jonsson could have had fewer glamour shots and more discussion of how infrastructure, retailing, and settlement patterns changed in the 1960s. We hear about Stanley Marcus, but nothing about the changes in life patterns brought by shopping centers and automobiles. All in all, I was disappointed, but perhaps my standards are too high....
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Aireal Alexander
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Love this place
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Jeff Reis
reviewed a year ago
Really neat for those into history with lots of video, artifacts and interactive displays.
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Marni Sweetland
reviewed 7 months ago
We only spent an hour here, but I wish we had at least 3 hours to see everything they have on display! When we first went upstairs it wasn't clear that there were four sections that covered different time periods. Once I figured that out I went to watch the movie in the first section. It's cool because it gets activated when you walk into the room and starts running. They had great historical pictures and tell the story of how Dallas evolved over time, focusing on highlights and historical events, but also on the culture of the people that lived here.
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Leslie Jackson
reviewed 4 months ago
Awesome awesome museum!
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Iggy Mwangi
reviewed 3 years ago

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