Sleep Inn Arlington Near Six Flags
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Arlington, TX 76011
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Arts & Museums
Director Emeritus Joan Davidow is the driving force behind the success of the Arlington Museum of Art. Located in a thriving city primarily known for its entertainment parks, this privately funded, nonprofit museum shines and draws visitors from all over the country. Known as one of the state's finest contemporary art venues, this cultural haven is housed in a large former department store building and attracts crowds from both Fort Worth and Dallas. The focus here is on Texas art. Admission is free.
Enjoy seeing wax replicas of some of your favorite celebrities at this combined Wax/Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! portion of the museum holds such unusual wonders as a seven-foot Leaning Tower of Pisa. This site truly has something for every taste. There are movie scenes from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and a beautiful exhibit on the Life of Christ. The horror section may make you jump. House sculptor Peter Carsillo is a former makeup artist who does a wonderful job creating the wax characters.
American Airlines sponsors C.R. Smith Museum, which examines the history of commercial airlines and explores their inner workings. Visitors have ample opportunities to check out seminal principals of flight first hand; they can experience a wind tunnel, see how a jet engine works, try out the pilot's seat in the cockpit or enter the Flight Lab to learn more about air pressure at high altitudes. The IWERKS large-screen theater shows movies about airline history while the patrons sit in authentic first-class seats. Moreover, there is a gift shop.
This art center, located between Fort Worth and Dallas, is a famous landmark of this town. It hosts 300 events each year, including around 20 exhibitions in its four galleries. This place has two modern theaters and facilities for meetings, classroom sessions and performing arts. It is also famous for its garden of sculptures. The site measures 10 acres and the center offers free parking too.
This state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to telling the history of the Boy Scouts of America. Everything from how the organization began to what it has become today is explained within its 53,000 square foot space. The museum also features workshops and interactive galleries for children, as well as a Norman Rockwell gallery.
This gallery, located in Oak Cliff, promotes both upcoming and known artists in the field of contemporary fine art. Set up in June 2004, by artist Steve Cruz, the gallery is a must visit for the art lover. Though it's open only on weekends, prior appointments can be fixed for other days. Past shows include 'The Miss Texas show', 'Welcome to Oak Cliff', 'Matchbox' and many more hits.
If you are interested in tribal, Asian, pre-Columbian and ancient artworks, the Joel Cooner Gallery is a must-see. The gallery is located just west of downtown, near I-35 and Oak Lawn Avenue in the design district. Specialties include masks, sculptures, textiles, currency, weapons and jewelry from China, Japan, Africa and Asia. The art's authenticity is guaranteed and the staff is happy to update clients on current research regarding purchases.
If you like high quality traditional and impressionistic art, be sure to check out Banks Fine Art, located in North Dallas. A wide variety of works are available — 19th and 20th century art, as well as works by current artists of local and national fame. Bob and Maloree Banks started the business in 1979. Bob Banks is a certified appraiser, and offers installation and curating services, as well as consultation and appraisal. They also commission artists to create original works of art. Clients include businesses, art galleries and individuals.
The Gerald Peters Gallery at Dallas is one of the three premium locations of this renowned gallery in America. Located near the Payne Street intersection at Dragon Street, the gallery has been a part of Texas for 21 years. Featuring historic photographs and sculptures, works of various artists are laid out over the spacious 11,000 square feet area. Home to over 30 artists, the variety that is on display here, is hard to miss. Apart from the regular working hours, the gallery can be visited by appointment on weekends.
While enjoying time in the Arts District, be sure to stop at the Craighead-Green Gallery. Founded in 1992 by Kenneth Craighead and Steven Green, the gallery is known for displaying quality art in a variety of media by both established artists and emerging talent. If you visit in the summer, you may be able to view the independently juried group show, 'New Texas Talent'.
Spread over 11,000 square feet, the stylish Samuel Lynne Galleries promotes 21st century contemporary artists, as well as the Reflectionists. With 4 art galleries house within, there is also a classy wine bar and an intimate 30-seat theater. Besides paintings, also expect some unusual 3 dimensional oil artworks, sculptures and mixed media. The gallery can be rented for charity galas, fashion shows, corporate events and private parties where catering is taking care of. Check website for a list of upcoming events.
Whether you are looking for work by established contemporary artists or for experimental exhibitions by emerging artists, you can find it at the Conduit Gallery. The main gallery is devoted to 22 of today's artistic luminaries. The annex has shown work by Denton's Good/Bad Art Cooperative, as well as Rod Northcutt and Haley Bates. Established in Deep Ellum in 1984, the gallery is located on the second floor of a renovated warehouse overlooking shops and restaurants.