The Dallas Museum of Art was established in 1903 and has more than 23,000 works of art that come from different eras and numerous countries. There are approximately twelve collection highlights at the museum; Asian, African, Provenance, Pacific islands, American, Contemporary, Reves Collection, Ancient American, Decorative Arts, European, King Tut, and Ancient Mediterranean.
Dallas Museum of Art offers several programs that the general public can participate in; gallery tours, talks, workshops, lectures and classes are all options for a public interested in art. Gallery Talks are included in the general Museum admission and features information on various collections and current exhibits. Those who want a more in depth understanding of all the museum collections can participate in Gallery Tours. There are Collection Highlights Tours on weekends and public tours at The Rachofsky House are open and free to the public pending registration requests. Private adult tours are given to groups of at most 15 people and cost $30 per group. Every tour can be customized to focus on the arts of interest chosen by the group or person.
The museum has a wealth of information that is given to visitors through concerts, films, lectures and classes. Classes and workshops in the Museum are usually given through the months January to May and welcome people of all levels of experience who want to learn more about sketching, jewelry making, yoga, and other artistic endeavors.
The learning experience at the Dallas Museum of Art doesn't end with gallery tours and talks, the museum has a list of specific programs that cater to children. The museum even has a mascot; a colorful pelican named Arturo that excites the kids with programs like storytelling, camps, and family experiences. Children who attend Arturo's gallery events can create their own works of art inspired by the exhibits and collections within the museum. Dallas Museum of Art gives back to the community by running an outreach program and community exhibitions. The Community Outreach program is called "Go van Gogh." Through the Go van Gogh program, museum volunteers visit local classrooms and give presentations on images of artworks from the museum. The program provides workshops and art classes. Go van Gogh also participates in festivals through the Dallas Public Library.
Art enthusiasts have the option of becoming members of the Dallas Museum of Art. There are five basic membership plans that start at $75. Membership rank is based on the donation given. Those who want to make a donation to the Museum but cannot do so in a monetary fashion can contribute through taking on a volunteer opportunity. Volunteers normally greet the museum visitors and answer their questions.
Visitors to the Dallas Museum of Art can enjoy choosing between two dining options: the Atrium Cafe and Seventeen Seventeen. The Atrium Cafe is for tourists who desire a causal dining experience. The Atrium Cafe is perfect for family dining and serves things like salads, soups, and sandwiches. The more upscale restaurant in the museum is called Seventeen Seventeen. The menu at Seventeen Seventeen is inspired by the art in the museum and is a sophisticated palate of diverse cultural cuisine.