Whether it’s a corporate party celebrating dedicated employees, a special awards ceremony, a high-profile conference or any other bevy of bashes, each event operates with its own unique vibe, decor and statement. So, there’s absolutely no better way to accomplish all that then some with a just-as-unique venue for an unforgettable, stand-out occasion! We’ve compiled a list of some of the top landmarks and museums in Dallas that are known for their amazing exhibits, history and performances.
Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern is an outstanding vision of contemporary design, even deemed to be one of the most beautiful art museums in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. Events here are visually breathtaking, due to the 40-foot-high metal-beamed glass walls — with views of the outdoor sculptures and reflecting pond — as well as the impressive art collections on display inside. The Grand Lobby and Cafe Modern can be combined to host as many as 600 guests and are easily reworked to accommodate a variety of table and seating layouts. Conferences and presentations can be hosted in The Modern Auditorium, which provides 250 seats, and private gallery access can be added on to any event.
There’s hardly a landmark more well-known than Reunion Tower’s glittering, spherical shape hovering above Downtown — an iconic site that has represented Dallas for decades aplenty. Occasions here are just as memorable, especially with 360-degrees views of Big D from 560 feet above ground. It’s the only place one can have the sparkling lights of the city at night as a backdrop! There are three floors at Reunion Tower for hosting events: acclaimed restaurant Five Sixty with a rotating dining floor; the GeO-Deck with an outdoor wrap-around balcony, telescopes and 30 interactive digital displays with space for up to 150 guests; and Cloud Nine, a customizable space and rotating floor plan for as many as 300, ideal for everything from birthday parties and corporate dinners to wedding receptions and product launches.
The Dallas Museum of Art touts an impressive array of event rooms and facilities. There’s the spacious Hamon Atrium, featuring Dale Chihuly-framed glass windows and doors and ample natural light. The atrium leads into the Eagle Family Plaza’s outdoor entertainment area, which touts lush greenery and a dining pavilion — perfect for pre-event cocktails and festivities. And the outdoor Sculpture Garden’s exquisite displays are a modern backdrop for wedding ceremonies and seated dinners. Daytime meetings, conferences or private dinners are best hosted inside on the second level’s Founders Room, a white-walled, well-lit space looking out onto the Rose Family Sculpture Terrace. Lastly, there’s the spacious Horchow Auditorium with theater seating for up to 300 guests, a natural choice for programs, lectures and the like.
The Sixth Floor Museum is one vital to the city of Dallas and steeped in its history. Formerly the Texas School Book Depository building, it now serves as an exhibit for the life of President John F. Kennedy. The Big D icon touts more than 4,500 square feet of industrial-style space — think red brick walls, exposed beams and stellar views of Downtown — for occasions like awards dinners, corporate events, conferences, client receptions and more, with several ceiling mounted projectors and built-in audio-visual capabilities. Festivities are held on the seventh floor, but the sixth-floor exhibit is always included and guests have the opportunity to browse privately at their leisure.
What originally began in 1921 as a bustling vaudeville theatre and is now on the National Register of Historic Places, The Majestic is certainly everything its name implies. After a transition to a movie theatre in the 1930s, hosting stars like John Wayne for big film premieres, it was gifted to the city — which refurbished the entire space to become a performance arts venue in 1983. With such a rich history, it’s an equally unique site for corporate events, fundraisers and even weddings. The majority of occasions take place in The Terrace Room, which lies at the top of the grand staircase and overlooks the main lobby — and the latter often serves at the perfect spot for a fun-filled dance floor. Talk about a show stopper!
There’s no more sophisticated a place to host a special occasion than at the home of the world-class Dallas Symphony and a vision in architecture and the perfect acoustics. Dallas’ beloved Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center touts not only its impressive “shoe-box style” Eugene McDermott Concert Hall — seating tops 2,000 — but also spacious lobby areas that are ideal for graduations, receptions and banquets, weddings, fashions shows and more. The Renaissance Foyer spans more than 24,000 feet with marble floors, limestone and glass walls and soaring 50-foot ceilings, while The Loge Terrace presents a dramatic sweeping overlook of the main floor.
The Old Red Museum
Home to tales of Dallas county life and government — it used to serve as a courthouse when first built in 1892 — this building now serves as a museum for Dallas county’s civic, social and judicial history. Affectionately dubbed “Old Red” for its regal red brick exterior, the museum’s events are one-of-a-kind with majestic marble and stone entryways, 20-foot ceilings and Victorian-era decor details. Spacious rooms, like The Great Hall, can host as many as 400 guests for all sorts of occasions like social gatherings, corporate functions and weddings with guided tours of the museum galleries available for guests’ enjoyment.