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“MUST NOT BE MISSED!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Meadows Museum

Meadows Museum
Ranked #39 of 224 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Meadows Museum's permanent collection of Spanish art is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, containing works from the 10th through the 21st centuries by such masters as Dalí, Velázquez, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Its holdings also include a significant collection of 20th-century sculpture, much of it on display in its outdoor plaza.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Lafayette, Louisiana
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126 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

This world class museum must be at or near the top of your to do list when living or visiting Dallas. It houses one of the most exquisite collections of Spanish art in the country and will have the Buddha exhibit until January 15th. Would recommend visiting on a Thursday as the museum stays open until 8 or 9 pm and if done at 5 pm, the upstairs is free! Gift shop is a delight and sure to please young and old.A guided tour is available at 6:30pm with a charming docent. Not to be missed! Sacred artwork extremely beautiful and moving! Altarpieces are magnificent. If you're at all inclined to, bring your pencil and sketchpad and sketch away! Next should be the Kimbell in Ft. Worth...

Visited December 2011
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Dallas, Texas
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154 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2011

This is a rather small museum on the SMU campus. It contains a beautiful collection of primarily Spanish art. It also has a small sculpture garden. The museum itself is beautiful, as is all the art work. When we visited only the permanent collection was on display, but they frequently have visiting exhibits as well. It is a great place to spend an hour or so. It was very peaceful and not at all crowded. There is a dedicated parking garage for the museum so it is very easy to get in and out of.

Visited August 2011
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“Impressive Spanish art collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

The Meadows Museum is definitely worth seeing if you have an interest in European art. It has an impressive collection of Spanish art that is surprisingly good for a university not exactly known for its art program.

If you're entertaining an out-of-town visitor who's a bit of an art buff, this museum is definitely worth stopping by if you're in the University Park area. The museum has dedicated parking in the neighboring parking garage, which is a definite plus since parking at SMU is otherwise a bit of a hassle.

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Mesquite, Texas
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2009

I have lived in the DFW area all my life and have been going to the Meadows almost yearly for about 20 yrs. While I am a Spanish teacher, I must say that I would love this museum even if I were not simply due to the beauty of the paintings and other works themselves! This museum is small in size but is considered one of the finest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. I remember reading that Spain would love to get many--if not all--of these works back. The Spanish Masters (Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, and Murillo) are all represented here and each time I go and look upon these paintings, I reflect on how very old they are and how much of the pageant of human history they represent and have "seen". If I remember correctly, one of the paintings dates back to 1493--one year after the famous voyage of Columbus! My favorites are those by Velazquez - the great master of light and shadow. Be sure and see "La sibila" (The Sybil) to fully appreciate his talent. Young people often enjoy the Picasso as they try to "see" various items in the cubist painting.

There is typically a Spanish speaking docent available if you request one and all of the docents conducting the tours are friendly and very informed. The museum is quite attractive and easy to navigate. There is a lovely casual French restaurant close by--La Madeleine--for a delightful lunch before or after seeing this wonderful museum.

My advice? Go and enjoy!

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“Spanish Art”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2008

I didn't realize the entire musuem is devoted only to Spanish art. As not a particular fan (there was one gallery with pieces by well-known 19th & 20th century artists), I didn't really enjoy it.

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