Tour unusual museums in DFW: a guide to antiques, history, firetruck & firefighters, holocaust, Dr. Pepper and other historical museums in Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas area.

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A guide to unusual museums in and near DFW.
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Antique Sewing Machine Museum Possibly the only sewing machine museum in US. Over 100 antique sewing machines, sewing memorabilia, and old patterns. One room has a collection of Elvis memorabilia as well as other 50s and 60s memorabilia.
Arlington

Cattlemen's Museum Texas ranching is full of color. It defined Fort Worth's early days. Cowboy photos, artifacts, branding irons, talking-longhorn entrance diorama, interactive monitors, and film. Features changing exhibits.
1301 W 7th St, Fort Worth
817 738-1933

Dallas Firefighters Museum The Dallas Firefighters Museum is located in the 1907 Old No. 5 Hook and Ladder Company Station. It boasts a fantastic collection of old firetrucks including 'Old Tige,' a 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named after then mayor W.L. Cabell and a 1936 ladder truck. Children can indulge their fascination with firefighters by climbing on a hook and ladder truck as well as viewing 100 years of firefighting history thru a collection of extinguishers, helmets, suits, uniforms, etc. Sometimes you can hear present day's Dallas Fire Department's dispatchers.
3801 Parry Av at Commerce, Dallas
214 821-1500

Dallas Museum for Holocaust Studies Dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who died during the WWII Holocaust, in the belief that by keeping this memory alive, no such atrocity will ever happen again. Housed on the bottom floor of the Jewish Community Center, the entry is down a stairwell with wall exhibits. A dramatic entry through a boxcar that actually transported Jewish victims to the concentration camps brings home the magnitude of this horror. Films from survivors, permanent and alternating exhibits of documents, photos, and artifacts from the death camps are shown here. Also available to the public is an extensive library of over 2,000 books, including European government books, and periodicals. There is a chapel and a memorial marble slab listing the concentration camps plus victim and survivor information. Museum officials recommend that children have some knowledge of the Holocaust prior to the tour and be at least 11 years old before touring. Guided tours by appointment can include a talk by a survivor of the Holocaust if requested. Museum may be open one night a week during the school year. Check if interested.
7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas
972 750-4654

Dollhouse Museum of the Southwest Housed in a 1920s restored prairie house, the collection includes dolls and antique toys as well as 15 large, multi-story dollhouses furnished to scale and in the rural or urban period it represents. Traveling and seasonal collections, also.
2208 S Routh St, Dallas
214 969-5502

Dr. Pepper Museum Dr. Pepper is the oldest soft drink in America. It was first served in 1885 by Dr. Charles Alderton in Morrison's Old Corner Drugstore, Waco, and remains virtually unchanged. This 1906 bottling plant and museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Memorabilia, audio visuals, interactive displays, gift shop, tour of manufacturing plant, restored & old-fashioned soda fountain.
300 S 5th St, Waco
254 757-1024

Farmers Branch Historical Park 22 acre park. Mustang Trail, a 9.5 mile loop at Historical Park between Denton Drive and Ford Road follows city streets and passes 22 historic points including Dallas County's first blacksmith shop, church, school, gristmill, and old rock home of one of Dallas County's first doctors, Samuel Gilbert. Picnic tables. Also includes 1856 dogtrot stone house and 1847 log house. Buildings are handicapped accessible.
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch
972 406-0184

Fielder Museum and School Also known as the Texas State Museum of History, this is part of the Fielder Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Arlington. The museum is in a private residence built in 1914 and houses several rooms furnished as a barber shop, general store, and turn-of-the-century bedroom/nursery. You will also find scale model of Southern Pacific steam engine. Events throughout the year. Few picnic tables outside. Fielder Museum School offers a preschool program and UTA classes on Saturday. Classes include science, history, art, and music.
1616 W Abram @ Fielder, Arlington
817 460-4001

Fire Station No. 1 Built in 1873, now houses walk-thru exhibit called 150 years of Fort Worth.
Second @ Commerce, Fort Worth

National Museum of Communications Features film and television memorabilia. Part of studio tours of Las Colinas Communications Complex. Visitors can have hands on experience with such things as sending messages from one teletype to another, transmitting morse code, and using radio sound effects.
6305 N O'Connor Rd, Irving
972 869-3456

Pioneer Village Many restored houses and buildings from the 1800s. Also home to Lefty Frizzell Country Music Museum, a local boy who made it big in C&W music. Collection includes 13 restored log cabins moved in from Navarro County plus a blacksmith shop, trading post, general store, slave quarters, kitchen, and barn. Also home to Frizzell Country Music Museum, a local boy who made it big in C&W music. Includes Frizzell's personal items and some from other C&W singers as well.
912 W Park Av, Corsicana
940 872-1468

Telephone Pioneer Museum of Texas Museum at One Bell Plaza chronicles the evolution of the telephone from invention to present to future. Talking bear explains the services of telephone pioneers. At the party line display, participants may listen in on a conversation between characters such as Big Tex, Superman, Ma Bell, etc. One display allows visitors to dial and see the call completed. An audio-visual presentation explains the history and future of communications. Telephone etiquette is also explained. This museum is currently closed for renovation. It is scheduled to reopen in fall of 2004. However, please call before driving.
208 S Ackard
Dallas 214 464-4359

Texas Ranger Museum @ Fort Fisher Park Slide show regarding Texas Rangers and their role in settlement of Texas. Artifacts, memorabilia, and history abound here. Extensive collection of weapons. Replica of 1837 Texas Ranger fort. James Michener exhibit from writing of Texas. Western art and native American artifacts. Picnic tables, camping, and screened shelters in Fort Fisher Park on Brazos River.
Exit 335B @ I-35, Waco
254 750-5986

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