News sources are reporting The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future will close on October 31, 2011. The museum has cited the economy and a lack of revenue for the closure. The museum will close just a few weeks after the 2011 State Fair of Texas.
The Women’s Museum, which opened in September 29, 2000, was the brain child of Cathy Bonner. The museum is an affiliate to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
The Women’s Museum currently occupies a 70,000 square foot building in Fair Park. Visitors to the museum are met by The Spirit of the Centennial, a fifteen foot tall statue of a young woman rising from a cactus. The museum has multiple levels for displaying interactive exhibits on the history of women in America and they have room for special exhibits by female artist like Roberta Harris and Annie Leibovitz.
Dallas Art News is sad to hear about the closure of The Women’s Museum. When Dallas Art News started in 2009, The Women’s Museum was the first museum to take our news site seriously. They gave us access to exhibits and visiting artists.
In late 2009, Dallas Art News learned the new DART Rail Green Line, which stops just outside The Women’s Museum at Fair Park, made it possible to see all Dallas museums without a car. We then discovered you could also see all Fort Worth museums as well. We quickly put together the Museum Express Tour, which involved seeing eight museums in one day using The T Services, Trinity Railway Express and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
The Women’s Museum graciously agreed to be the last stop on the Museum Express Tour. They gave us access to the museum and allowed a small celebration as we ended the tour. Our tourists were very impressed by the exhibits at The Women’s Museum.
Dallas Art News would like to give special thanks to former and current marketing managers Alyssa Gardina and Haley Curry, respectively.
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