Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour
Saturday, April 3, 2010
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All aboard for the Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour. The tour will visit eight Dallas and Fort Worth museums in one day using the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as transportation between the institutions. The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour will visit the Amon Carter Museum, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Meadows Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center and The Women’s Museum. The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010, when all tourists gather for a coffee kick-off at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour is designed to highlight the accessibility for the major cultural centers across Dallas and Fort Worth via mass transit. In short, you can get there from here without a car.
The idea for the tour came into being during a conversation between Dallas Art News and staff from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
“I was talking about the DART Green Line with Kendal Smith Lake and Dustin Van Orne, from the Modern. I mentioned that all Dallas museums could be reached without a car. I asked Kendal and Dustin if there was a bus route from the Trinity Railway Express to the Fort Worth Arts District. They both confirmed the route and recommended a Regional Pass,” said Michael Roman, Dallas Art News managing editor.
From there the idea for the Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour was born. To date, visiting eight major museums in one day using only mass transit has never been done by a group. Dallas Art News hopes to be the first.
The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour would not be possible if it wasn’t for Twitter. Shortly after coming up with the idea for the tour, Dallas Art News tweeted about it to their followers.
“We immediately received replies from followers as far away as Oklahoma saying they wanted to go on the tour,” said Mr. Roman.
Twitter was also responsible for bringing together most of the tour sponsors including the Fairmont Dallas, Corner Bakery Café, Z’s Café and the Fort Worth Community Art Center.
Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour
The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour is open to twenty tourists. Registration for the tour is on the Dallas Art News web site at www.dallasartnews.com/express. Tourists will be charged $40 to participate, which includes the following:
- Coffee kick-off at Fort Worth Community Arts Center
- Regional Pass for The T, TRE and DART
- Lanyard with tour schedule
- Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour t-shirt
- Visiting eight Dallas and Fort Worth museums
- Box lunch catered by Corner Bakery Cafe
- A goodie bag will be at the last stop
As an added bonus, one of our lucky tourists will receive a free stay at the Fairmont Dallas hotel in the Dallas Arts District. The details for the Fairmont Dallas hotel stay are still being arranged. The winning tourist will be drawn at random.
The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour will have 15 to 25 minutes at each museum. This is not a lot of time to visit a single museum, but combined the tour will be spending nearly three hours appreciating an amazing collection of art across Dallas and Fort Worth.
The tour schedule is as follows:
- 9:30 a.m. – Meet at Fort Worth Community Arts Center
- 10:00 a.m. – Amon Carter Museum
- 10:20 a.m. – Kimbell Art Museum
- 10:40 a.m. – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
- 11:00 a.m. – Ride The T
- 11:15 a.m. – Box lunch catered by Corner Bakery Café
- 11:50 a.m. – Ride the Trinity Railway Express
- 12:50 p.m. – Ride DART
- 1:00 p.m. – Nasher Sculpture Center
- 1:45 p.m. – Crow Collection of Asian Art
- 2:15 p.m. – Dallas Museum of Art
- 2:45 p.m. – Ride DART
- 3:20 p.m. – Meadows Museum
- 3:50 p.m. – Ride DART
- 4:30 p.m. – The Women’s Museum
Tour schedule times have been rounded to nearest five minutes for simplicity. Tour schedule is subject to change.
The Dallas Art News Museum Express Tour would like to recognizer our sponsors who have very kindly provided increased benefits for the tourists.
Z’s Café is providing the kick-off coffee at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. They will be serving coffee and hot chocolat.
Corner Bakery Café is providing a box lunch to each the tourists. They are also delivering the lunch to the tour at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center.
The Fairmont Dallas is providing a stay at their hotel for one of our tourists.
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) is providing a meeting place prior to the opening of the Amon Carter Museum. FWCAC invited the tour inside to have coffee and view the art before they open at 10 a.m.
Museums and Mass Transits
Dallas Art News could not have made this tour possible without the help and support form all the museums and mass transits. Each museum was gracious enough to waive entry fees, provide docents to highlight their collection and provide items for the goodie bags. The T and DART both provided valuable input with regards to the transportation schedules and items for the goodie bags.
Special appreciation goes to Alyssa Gardina at The Women’s Museum for supporting the tour from the very start and arranging a wonderful final stop on the tour.