Perfectly situated in the center of Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving provides unrivaled access to the region’s incredible array of cultural treasures. With the largest urban arts district in the country located nearby in Dallas, the thriving museum, theater, and arts scenes located in and around Irving have earned national and global acclaim.
Museums in Irving offer up a fascinating history of the region, educate and inspire visitors, and tell the stories of many early Texans. No matter where your trip is taking you, take some time to explore the numerous museums in Irving.
For the civic-minded, spend a morning digging through the fascinating Irving Archives. Located in the Irving Public Library, the archives house source material detailing the history of Irving and its residents. Next, head over to the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, a facility created to honor the history of the area settled in 1850 by freed slaves. The Center is one of the finest repositories of African-American culture and heritage in Texas.
A visit to Irving wouldn’t be complete until taking in The Mustangs of Las Colinas, one of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world. Adjacent to the sculpture, is the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum. Finally, the Ruth Paine House Museum pays homage to President John F. Kennedy and his assassination, telling the story of this meaningful location where that tragic day began.
Visitors to Irving should also make sure to spend some time exploring the immediate areas surrounding Irving. Both Fort Worth and Dallas are home to incredible museums, like the Dallas Museum of Art, located in the Dallas Arts District, now considered the largest urban arts district in the United States. At the DMA, visitors can walk through fascinating exhibits of contemporary art, historical relics, and more. Their own collection houses more than 24,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods spanning 5,000 years. Browse the gift shop or visit in the cafe while you reflect on the incredible art housed here—this museum is a sight to behold.
The Irving Arts Center, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is a 10-acre complex featuring two fully-equipped theaters, four galleries, and a beautiful sculpture garden. The Irving Arts Center alone hosts approximately 1,400 events annually, including 200+ performances and 25+ exhibitions, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors. The Arts Center is home to the 707-seat Carpenter Performance Hall and the 253-seat Dupree Theater.
Visitors can also experience MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, an award-winning theater in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. MainStage stages interesting plays each season, offering quality and affordable theater to the Irving community.
Don’t miss the massive AT&T Performing Arts Center, which encompasses 10 acres within the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center includes four unique venues: the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. These spaces house incredible performances, including those of the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and so much more.
Make sure to check the listings at the classic and historic Granada Theater to see if your favorite band is playing when you’re in town. A unique venue located in the heart of Dallas, the Granada was built in 1946 during the Golden Age of the Hollywood era, making it a fun place to spend an evening.
This list is just scratching the surface of the incredible museums and theaters in Irving and the DFW Metroplex. Explore more below to build your itinerary!