Spanish Art Museum and Sculpture Gardens
This museum had a bunch of paintings by Spanish painters. Alot of them are of kings and religus people. There was one painting of Saint Blaise. He was a bishop a long time ago. Did you know that he is the patron saint of throats because he save a little boy who was choking? He did this when he was in prison! I also learned that guys a long time ago wore dresses, but my mom said they were really called tunics. Who knew? I liked the gift shop best of all.
The Meadows Museum is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Originally opened in 1965, it moved into a new building in 2001. Outside of Spain, the Meadows Museum features one of the largest collections of Spanish art that includes masterpieces by some of the world's most famous painters like Diego Rivera, Goya and Picasso. Most of the collection focuses on Spain's Siglo de Oro, or Golden Age, which saw an abundant growth in the area of fine arts, equivalent to Italy's Renaissance period. The museum also exhibits artwork up to the 21st century.
The museum was made possible through the generosity of Algur H. Meadows, who always enjoyed visiting the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. He began amassing his own collection of Spanish art and in 1962, gave SMU funds to build a museum to house his collection. To date, the Meadow Foundation continues to fund projects and acquisitions that expand the museum and its educational programs.
When visiting with kids, it is best to go on a Family Day usually held on Saturdays. During Family Days, the museum offers hands-on art activities, games and performances that everyone will enjoy. During Founders Week for the SMU campus, the museum also hosts a number of events geared toward the entire family.
The museum is a great resource for Spanish class field trips or projects. If your kids get too antsy inside, the plaza and sculpture gardens surrounding the museum contain a beautiful collection of fountains, benches and sculptures. Here, they can release those pesky ants, or you can enjoy a nice picnic lunch.
The museum has Spanish-speaking docents if you or someone in your party is a Spanish speaker.
5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
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|Jacob Tip: You can get really close to these paintings, but don't touch! Be sure to check out the museum shop.|
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