“Dallas Curated: 50 Objects / 50 Stories”

August 2017 – June 8, 2018

In celebration of the Old Red Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibit takes you on a journey into the curator’s world of examining and mining stories from the museum’s own collection.  Whether handcrafted or mass-produced, every day or extraordinary, objects have the power to evoke a wide range of responses.  Visitors are encouraged to share their own favorite objects that tell the story of Dallas.


“American Childhood: Celebrating Classic Toys” 

July 1, 2018 – June 9, 2019

This self-curated exhibit showcases more than 100 of America’s favorite toys dating from the 1880s to the 1980s!   Join us to gain insight on how economic and social history shaped the development of toys and leisure-time play.  Iconic favorites like Lincoln Logs, Barbie, and Fisher-Price are highlighted along with model trains, vintage dollhouse furniture, and classic board games.  Relive your childhood by peering into a recreated Woolworth’s display window that promises fun and excitement for pennies on the dollar! 


“Creating a Postwar Life: Dallas in the 1950s”

July 1, 2019 – June 7, 2020

Through the years, the Old Red Museum has explored some of the most defining decades in Dallas County’s history, from the 1940s home front experience to the turbulent 1960s.  What happened in between?  Experience life in Dallas during a period of highway construction, suburban development, and sweeping social change. Sound familiar?  The exhibit balances the decade’s complex social and political environments with the golden age of television and popular culture that continue to draw enthusiasts nearly 70 years later!