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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|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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire Station No. 1 Built in 1873, now
houses walk-thru exhibit called 150 years of 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
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
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
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
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