I admit it. I am a history junkie. Show me a busy road and I will show you where pioneers once blazed rough trails with their entire world inside a covered wagon. Show me an old house and I will tell you a fantastic story of a family's history with memories and traditions. I have lived in this area most of my life but I still love to explore new places. If you also fancy an adventure, you should plan a day out visiting Irving's museums. Most of them are free and they provide a vast array of this area's history. Hop aboard my cyber wagon and I'll take you back to where Irving began.
Other area events await your arrival too, just visit our website's event page.
Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
Where: 3925 Jackson St. 75061
When: Saturday, November 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission
Did you know that the Bear Creek community in west Irving is one of the oldest African-American communities in the county? During the late 1850s, before the Civil War, a mix of free blacks, whites and their slaves began settling along the upper reaches of Bear Creek. After the war when former slaves were free to move around, they too settled into the area, which developed into a rural African-American community. Imagine the stories they could tell and the hardships they must've faced. What determination and resolve drove them to settle here? Well, you can learn all of this and more because inside the museum you'll find a history of the Bear Creek community and of the African-American experience from the time of emancipation through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s. Learn More
National Scouting Museum
Where: 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane 75038
When: Mondays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $8, Seniors: $6, Scouts/School groups: $5, Children 4-12: $6, Children under 4 are free
Were you in Scouts growing up? Do you remember the camp outs? Merit badge challenges? Putting together derby racers? The museum is committed to preserving the rich, 100+ year history of Scouting by showcasing some of its greatest treasures. My favorite part of the museum is the walk through history. I haven't thought about my brother's camping gear in ages, but all of those memories came flooding back when I saw the old canteen, the uniforms and Boy Scout manual. There are other interactive displays so be sure to bring the kids. Learn More
The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum
Where: 5221 North O'Connor Road, Sujite 110E 75039
When: Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission to the museum and sculpture is free
We are all familiar with the Mustangs sculptures; heck, they're the icons of Irving. But have you ever visited the museum? Do you know the story behind the sculptures? Why did Robert Glen decide to sculpt horses of all things? And why did it take him eight years? You'll find these answers and more at the museum. Learn More
Irving Arts Center
Where: 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
When: Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to performances
Cost: Admission to the galleries is free
Current Art Exhibits: Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary; The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino; Robert Batson: Weaving Paint; Traveling Animal Art Exhibit; and The 5th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art
This weekend at the Irving Arts Center, Chicago The Musical continues in the Dupree Theater. Not only is it the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history, Kyle Christopher West with the BWW Review writes, "The cast leaves a lasting impression on the crowd with a perfect balance of 1920's jazz and modern sass." Show times are: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 @ 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $21 - $34. Learn More
If fine art and a #1 musical aren't enough, the Arts Center also brings you Movie Spectacular with Pianist James Dick. The Irving Symphony Orchestra and a chorus will join forces as they perform the music of blockbuster movies, such as Avatar, Lord of the Rings and Gravity. Pianist James Dick performs the beloved Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Rachmaninoff's last piano and orchestra composition. Show time is Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $38 - $49. Learn More
Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse
Where: 303 South O'Connor Road 75060
When: Although they're not open this weekend, Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse tours are offered on the first Sunday of the month, March through December, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m,
Cost: Free Admission
The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and was the home of Irving pioneer, Charles P. Schulze. Today it stands as a testimony to the lives and fortitude of our earliest pioneers. Furnished with original Schulze family antiques, as well as gifts and loans from other Irving families, it's a step back into Irving's history when you walk through the door. Mark your calendar for December 4 for the next tour. Learn More
Ruth Paine House Museum
Where: 801 W. Irving Blvd. 75061
When: Tuesday through Saturday, tours begin at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Because this is a docent-led interactive tour, limited to 12 people, reservations are required.
Cost: Adults (Age 12 and over) are $12 each, Children ages 11 and under are free
The tragedy of JFK's association has ties to this little house in Irving where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed with friends the night before that fatal day. Through the generous cooperation of Ruth Paine, the use of her family photos, along with Warren Commission photos and other available material, the house has been restored to its 1963 look and is open as a multimedia museum to tell the story of the events that occurred here. In 2009, the City of Irving purchased the house to preserve its historical integrity, and then opened it as a museum in 2013 so visitors can experience a rare encounter with history. Learn More
Texas Musicians Museum
Where: 222 East Irving Blvd. 75060
When: The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and during live music shows from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission to the museum is $10 - $15. Most concerts are free, but be sure to check in advance to verify
The Texas Musicians Museum is the brainchild and life passion of Thomas Kreason, who is determined to keep the Texas Music tradition alive through the museum and visiting bands. Opened in 2015 with a full calendar of activities and local music, the Texas Musicians Museum enthralls fans of all ages. It houses unique displays of Texas music memorabilia, one-of-a-kind personal artifacts, history, instruments, photos and more. Here's what's happening at the museum this weekend:
Friday, November 11: 8 p.m. - In Spite of Madness, 9 p.m. - Other Oddities, 10 p.m. - Tungsten Wake
Saturday, November 12: 8 p.m. - SHARPY, 9 p.m. - Space Ape, 10 p.m. - Bathylite
Sunday, November 13: The Texas Steel Guitar Association meets at 1:30 p.m. They perform live music which is open to the public. Learn More
Other events this weekend include:
As You Like It! Second Biennial Shakespeare Conference at the University of Dallas, SB Hall, 1845 E. Northgate Drive 75062. Keynote speaker Ralph Alan Cohen of the American Shakespeare Center explores one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. RSVP via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, November 11 from 1 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Learn More
Gypsy Friday Open Mic at Supreme Coffee, 4070 N. Belt Line Road 75038, offers local talent the chance to showcase their skills. Friday, November 11. Drop by at 6 p.m. to perform or 6:30 p.m. to watch and listen. No cover charge.
Good Question is live at the Cool River Cafe, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038. Friday, November 11, starting at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge.
Unite for Troops Veterans Day Celebration is at Porter's Army and Navy, 600 E. Irving Blvd. 75060. Enjoy music, food, games, crafts and more. All ages can participate in the patriotic/military costume contest. Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn More
Friends of Irving Library Book Sale is open to the public at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063 on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Admission. Learn More
Adopt a Rescue Cat at Petsmart, 8100 Walton Blvd. 75063 on Saturday, November 12, from 1 - 6 p.m. Learn More
Global Reads Book Club discusses Ireland: A Novel at the Irving Public Library - West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062 on Saturday, from 2 - 3 p.m. Join fellow book lovers to explore different cultures through literature. Learn More
Irving Chautauqua presents The Nikos Jazz Trio at the Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060 on Saturday, November 12 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a holiday concert with the Nikos Jazz Trio, featuring Nicolas Garcia on clarinet, Johnny Case on piano, and Keith Wingate on bass. Free Admission. Learn More
Family Movie Matinee presents The Lion King at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063 on Saturday, November 12, from 2 - 4 p.m. Free Admission. Learn More
Fall Fun for Families is at the Irving Public Library - West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062 on Saturday, November 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of "Everything Fall" with games, crafts, prizes and snacks! Free admission. Learn More
DFW Lantern Lights Festival of Hope will be held in downtown Irving at the city block between First and Second street on Saturday, November 12 from 3 - 10 p.m. There will be live music, vendor booths, games, and activities, as well as a silent auction. Release lanterns to "Ignite The Fires of Hope." Funds raised will promote education, as well as benefit Veterans, Women, and indigent persons to get the help they need. Hosted by Sober By Grace Ministries. Learn More
Cinema 13 is showing Central Intelligence at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063 on Saturday, November 12 from 4 - 6 p.m. Ages 13 to adult are invited to watch. Free admission. Learn More
Faron is live at The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039 on Saturday, November 12, starting at 8:00 p.m. No Cover Charge Learn More
Chris Boss is live at the Cool River Cafe, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038. Saturday, November 12, starting at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Learn More
Teen Advisory Board meets at the Irving Public Library - West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062 on Sunday, November 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. Do you have great ideas for teen programs? Need volunteer hours? TAB is open to teens in grades 9-12. Free Admission. Learn More
The Four Seasons Resort and Club will host the 2016 Black Collar Affair, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd 75038. Sunday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. $125 per person. When you attend this event, you help raise much needed funds for the DFW Humane Society. While you're there, enjoy delicious cuisine from a variety of celebrity chefs from your favorite restaurants across the Metroplex, and round out the evening with silent and live auctions, as well as fun and furry entertainment. Learn More
For additional activities in and around Irving, please visit our website event page.