Free art museum in Dallas Texas
While perusing my Texas guide book, I came across the Dallas Museum of Art. It’s located close to St Paul station on the DART train and the added bonus is it’s free to enter.
I didn’t really know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. There are quite a lot of rooms, some are very small exhibitions and others are significantly larger. I was impressed by the array of art – from paintings to jewellery and bowls to books. I was also impressed by how global the art was. I saw the works of some very well known artists including Monet, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo.
This was a really nice couple of hours of looking around at various and eclectic art. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something chilled out to do in Dallas centre.
Early on Saturday, I visited Two Temple Place – a mansion that my friend correctly described as a ‘hidden gem in London’. It is a beautiful mansion that is open to the public a few weeks each year. I was very impressed by the grandeur or this place, and how I had never known it was right there by Temple station. I saw a beautiful Cotton to Gold exhibition with collections of old hand decorated books and transcripts, as well as impressive mosaics and insect collections. It’s definitely worth a visit if you get the opportunity.
Lunch was at the Social Eating House, sister restaurant to my favourite Pollen Street Social. Great restaurant and great food. The prix fixe menu was very reasonable (£21 for two courses, £25 for three courses) and I’m practically planning my next visit. The pea soup was very good (although I had starter envy with my friends having the mussels), I enjoyed the pork belly and the chocolate ganache was delicious. (I still prefer Pollen Street Social though)
In the evening, I went to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. I’ve heard a lot of weird and wonderful things about this place. The doors didn’t open until 9pm and it was packed by 11pm. There’s a friendly vibe here, everyone was willing to have a good time. There were a couple of acts for the ‘Duckie’ evening – a comedian and… I don’t know what to call him… an entertainer? A lovely chap called Cockney Ken who is in his 80’s and serenaded us with tunes like ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’. It wasn’t really my cup of tea. But it meant the music and dancing was that little bit sweeter when the act was over! The music was very eclectic and I had a great time dancing til’ it closed at 2am.
On Saturday I joined a Meetup.com in London for Photography at the Grants Museum of Zoology, near Euston. I didn’t actually know this place existed! It’s quite small and houses 68,000 specimens. I really enjoyed it, especially as someone who loves biology. From the photography side, it was a very good opportunity to practice taking photos in low light and through glass. The highlight for me was the huge python skeleton.
I had lunch with a friend in South Kensington at Casa Brindisa. This was on her recommendation and I was pleasantly surprised! The tapas were really good, and I would go back for the chorizo in cider. Mmmm….
And after this we went to the V&A to check out the Alexander McQueen exhibition. I just went along for the ride, but I’m glad I did. Obviously I’d heard of his name, and I was really impressed by his originality and passion for his art. I felt quite artistically inspired – I even went home and did a painting the next day!
It’s worth having a look if you get the chance.