Museum Enthusiasts will have to be Virtual Visitors for a While Longer

Governor Greg Abbott has presented a plan to reopen Texas for business gradually. Texas museums are allowed to open to the public again on Friday, May 1. But many museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say they are not ready to open at this time.

Under the governor’s April 27 mandate link to https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols museums may open under the same 25-percent capacity limit as restaurants, malls, and movie theaters. But interactive or hands-on exhibits must continue to remain closed.

Under these guidelines, museums are working diligently to create plans to reopen safely for the wellbeing of visitors, staff, and volunteers amid the pandemic. But those plans are not complete just yet.

But there is good news for all museum lovers — you can continue to enjoy your favorite exhibits as virtual visitors from the comforts of your home.

Below is a list of the museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and their statements about reopening:


African American Museum, Dallas in consideration of the safety of our visitors and staff the museum is closed until further notice.  We look forward to welcoming everyone as soon as the museum is open once again.

Until Then: We encourage our visitors to check out our website and experience the exhibits. Click Here


Amon Carter Museum of American Art will remain closed at this time.  The Carter is dedicated to prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and community.  It will take some time for us to put the necessary health and safety measures into place to protect its staff and visitors. Our priority is fostering a safe environment for our staff to return to the museum. Once our team is onsite, we will be able to begin implementing the health and safety protocols needed to invite the public back into our institution. We look forward to welcoming audiences back to the museum at a later date, and we will announce our plans to reopen as soon as we know we can do so safely.

Until Then: Experience the new documentary The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion. It will begin streaming on Amazon Prime in May. Also, the new Cooped Up with the Carter video series brings you virtual learning and art-making experiences that anyone can do with supplies you have around your house! Check it out on our YouTube channel too.


Crow Museum of Asian Art, The University of Texas at Dallas, will be closed to the public until further notice.  The well-being and safety of our staff, visitors, and guests remain our top priority, and we look forward to engaging with our public in new and innovative ways during this time. We look forward to welcoming you back to your Crow Museum of Asian Art very soon.

Until Then: Click here to visit the museum virtually and watch past exhibition highlights. The staff encourages you to share your favorite past experiences and photos on Facebook and Instagram so that everyone can feel connected and create dialogue through the lens of Asian art and culture.


Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum is eager to share its mission in the way the museum is meant to be experienced, one person at a time. While we prepare for the ideal time to reopen, we are taking proactive steps to ensure we do this in the safest way possible. We are proactively monitoring our staff’s temperature for a minimum of two weeks before reopening. We are also working to deliver an experience that respects social distancing guidelines and best practices for health and safety. The safety of our visitors and staff has always been and remains our top priority. Please visit our website and social media channels for regular updates on the local and federal safety guidelines and best practices we are implementing, as well as a reopening target date.

Until Then: Free online educational programming is available on their website. Visit https://www.facebook.com/dhhrm/ and or https://www.dhhrm.org/programs-and-events/ for virtual events to enjoy at home.


Dallas Museum of Art said in a Facebook post, We are aware of the inclusion of museums in the state’s phase one plan to re-open. With the health and safety of our visitors and staff as our top priority, the DMA will not reopen on May 1. We will confirm a reopening timeline as soon as we determine that we can do so with the proper measures in place.

Until Then: Enjoy a virtual tour of their newest exhibition, “For a Dreamer of Houses,” on their website.


The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is dedicated to the safety and well-being of both our guests and our staff. Traditionally, we have excelled in providing hands-on, immersive experiences for our visitors. Yet, given the current situation, we are carefully considering when and how to begin to reopen, with a focus on reconfiguring exhibition areas to remove touchable components.

We have not yet set a date for reopening. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will announce further details, including new visitor procedures, via the Museum’s website and our social media accounts. We want to stay connected with you and will be exploring more ways to bring people together and expand upon physical experiences.

Until Then: We have moved a variety of activities from physical to digital, including our Discovery Lab Online. It is a new and different way to explore the Museum’s offerings. We will see each other again soon. Until then, be safe and stay healthy!


Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is staying closed past May 1. In a statement, they said, In accordance with health and safety guidelines from state and local officials, the Kimbell Art Museum is carefully considering when and how we may begin to reopen while ensuring the safety and comfort of our visitors, staff, and volunteers.  At this time, we have not yet set a date for reopening to the public. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back once we are ready and able to do so safely.

Until Then: Discover more about the museum, download fun family art activities, take an audio tour and participate in videos of past lectures. Click here: Kimbell at Home.


Meadows Museum on the SMU campus will stay closed and is making preparations to safely re-open for visitors, staff, and volunteers, following the guidelines set by the university and local governments. We are working on plans to reopen but do not have a firm date yet. We will update our website and social media channels with a reopening date as soon as one is determined.

Until Then: Meadows has digital content on its social media, including docent-led tours, explorations of the collection, and cool activities for families.


Nasher Sculpture Center will remain closed, visit their social media for more information. Museums are among those entities permitted to participate in the Phase 1 reopening. With the health and safety of staff and visitors as our highest priority, the Nasher Sculpture Center will hold off reopening.

Until Then: The Nasher would like patrons to know that even though they are closed, there are numerous resources available for continued engagement with  art and discussions. Visit their website and experience Nasher from Home, Nasher Online, and more. For all who would like to join in on a variety of cultural learning discussions, they have started a Facebook group called Nasher Shelf Life.


National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth is remaining closed. According to a spokesperson, “We are reviewing the state and local health and safety protocols to make sure that when we do reopen, we will be able to do so with all the proper precautions in place. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the building soon.”

Until Then: Visitors can participate in educational resources, including story times and downloadable games and crafts, on their website.


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is not reopening May 1. We are still determining out a path to reopening and will keep you posted,” as expressed by a spokeswoman.

Until Then: Visitors can experience their exhibition “Mark Bradford: End Papers” at home. Take a walk, virtually that is, through the galleries as this talented artist presents his work and thoughts on the exhibition. Click here.


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a marvelous interactive museum. Due to the guidelines, it is not feasible to open May 1. In a statement, they express, “The health and wellbeing of our guests, staff, and community is our highest priority.” “While we support the eventual reopening of certain sectors of the economy — and appreciate that the plan recognizes the unique nature of each institution — the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will not reopen May  Our leadership team will thoughtfully consider the ongoing social-distancing mandates and other compliance factors as we determine when to reopen.”

Until Then: To experience a 360-degree tour of “Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind”  click here.

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