The jury is out. The Old Red Courthouse captures the multifaceted and fascinating development along the Trinity River from its inception to today’s Big D. The Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas is located on the second floor of the Courthouse, built in 1892.
With four chambers, each tells a different segment of Dallas’ past including the fight for women’s suffrage and race equality, to Bonnie & Clyde, to modern day companies and well-known brands born of Dallas area entrepreneurs. The Hillcrest Foundation Early Years Gallery displays items from Dallas-area prehistory to 1873. The Summerlee Foundation Trading Center Gallery’s exhibit spans the era from 1874 to 1917. Then, The Ruth Ray and H. L. Hunt Big “D” Gallery shows the fascinating side of 1918 to 1945. Finally, the Linda & Mitch Hart World Crossroads Gallery brings 1946 to 2007 back to life.
With one thousand artifacts ranging from a pair of 1930’s roller skates, to Spanky’s pants, to a copy of Dallas Blues to the flapper dress of a Dallas socialite; the arts, as well as sports and history are well-represented. For families, the Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Education Center lets little ones can try on clothes from periods of old, manipulate games and see toys that generations past would have enjoyed.
This is a museum that deserves a few hours of your day. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages three to sixteen. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.