Category Archives: Museums

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The campus of Southern Methodist University is beautiful.  It’s a very expensive, private school tucked in the upscale neighborhood of University Park.  Former First Lady Laura Bush attended SMU for her undergraduate studies, and the campus is also where you will find her husband’s Presidential Library and Museum.

Agree or disagree with his politics, George W. Bush is a large part of Texas history and, of course, a President of the United States.  If you want a feel for history and Texas, then a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum should be on your To Do list.

It is important to note that the museum is a Federal agency, so you will go through a security screening and bag check before you are allowed inside.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Nasher Sculpture Center

This is one of those adventures that happened awhile ago and got stockpiled.

I follow an account on Instagram called InstaDFW.  It showcases various photographers in the metroplex.  They organized a meetup (aka Instameet) at the Nasher Sculpture Center.  Peter and I took our cameras and our phones and went to check things out.  I will admit to having a bit of trepidation about the whole thing, as sometimes meetups can be rather cliquey. Admission to the Nasher is $10 for adults.  Because of the Instameet, we were allowed inside for free, and signed some photography paperwork.  While doing so, I got admonished for sitting down on an item I wasn’t supposed to sit on. (It was just a white bench-looking thing that obviously was not a bench.)  Can’t take me anywhere!  We were then released to explore the Sculpture Center and snap away.  As always, click on the photos to enlarge.

I loved this geometric piece, as well as the building's clean lines.
I loved this geometric marble piece by Tony Smith, as well as the building’s clean lines.

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Southfork Ranch

Before I get into the meat of this post, I wanted to draw your attention to something new. This blog has a logo! My lovely friend Karri designed it for me, and also made a matching Photoshop brush I can use to watermark my photos.  Yay!  Karri has made a couple of logos for me so I can safely say she does great work.  If you’re interested in hiring her, then drop me a comment or email and I can put you in touch.

When people think of Dallas the city, they often think of the 80’s TV show, J.R. Ewing, and Southfork Ranch.  I know you have the theme song in your head right now!  It’s a tourist hot spot and I would be silly not to go for a visit.

The iconic Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas
The iconic Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas

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Old Red Museum

I have a stockpile of places I have adventured to in recent weeks, so I need to get blogging!

Peter and I had wanted to check out the Old Red Museum for awhile after a brief stop in on a previous adventure.  Unfortunately on the day we went, two of the floors were closed for renovation.  We explored what was available to us on Dallas County history and culture.

Old Red Museum
Old Red Museum

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Texas Discovery Gardens

In keeping with our “staying out of the Texas heat” theme, we decided to seek out something pretty.

Within Fair Park is the beautiful Texas Discovery Gardens.  If you enjoy watching butterflies fluttering from flower to flower, this will be up your alley.  Just follow the signs once you turn into Gate #6.

Texas Discovery Gardens.  And in the background, the Texas Star which is part of the State Fair, open in Sept/Oct.
Texas Discovery Gardens. And in the background, the Texas Star which is part of the State Fair, open in Sept/Oct.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Admittedly, this Summer hasn’t been as sweltering as in years past, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend lots of time in 90+ degree temperatures either!

We were looking for something to do that had air conditioning.  The Perot Museum of Nature & Science has called to me ever since I saw its massive cube-like structure being built along Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The museum opened in late 2012 and it truly is an interesting place to wander around whether you’re young or old.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Mustangs of Las Colinas

I used to work in Las Colinas.  In fact, I have had three different jobs in the Irving area over the years.  I often saw the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture as I commuted but never stopped by to check it out.

I met Peter there on a recent afternoon to see what we could see.  First thing to note is that getting to Williams Square and the Mustangs is a tiny bit tricky right now as there is lots of road construction happening on N. O’Connor Blvd.  There are signs posted to lead you in the right direction.  Secondly, parking in the garages is only free for an hour, and provided you get your stub validated at the Mustangs museum.  Peter and I were out there longer than an hour, so we had to pay a small fee.

Because N. O’Connor was closed & ripped up, we wandered in the back way by Lake Carolyn and the canal.

This side of the building faces Lake Carolyn.
This side of the building faces Lake Carolyn.

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