The following blog originally appeared on The Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau website. It is reprinted in its entirety with permission from Frisco CVB. For more fabulous information on all things Frisco, TX, visit their website.
Art enthusiasts can find a unique sculpture garden, incredible depictions of cattle drives from the Shawnee Trail days, obelisks with western history galore and much more, all on display throughout Frisco. These Texan and international works of art all showcase contemporary and traditional sculptures by famous artists.
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Museum of the American Railroad
Address: 6455 Page Street and 6299 Cotton Gin Road
Website: Museum of the American Railroad
Recently relocated from Dallas' Fair Park, the Museum of the American Railroad has transported its collection of over 40 pieces of railroad rolling stock and historic structures to its new home in Frisco, Texas. The Museum has just announced new Summer hours at the outdoor exhibit site. Additional exhibits, educational programming, and museum store are available at the Frisco Heritage Museum (6455 Page Street). Visitors are now able to walk through a portion of the Museum of the American Railroad and get an inside look at these six cars:
- 1937 Missouri-Kansas-Texas Dining Car
- 1949 Santa Fe all steel caboose
- 1925 Pullman first-class sleeping car
- 1914 Santa Fe Parlor-Club Car
- 1923 Dallas Union Terminal Steam Locomotive Switcher #7 or the Seven Spot
- 1941 Union Pacific Steam Locomotive Big Boy #4018
Personable and knowledgeable tour guides will give a history of the trains and their tangible role in shaping our heritage. Forty-Five minute fall walking tours will take place each Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from September 13 through November 22, weather permitting, for individuals and groups of up to 30 people. Guests pay admission ($7 Adults / $3 Children ages 3-12) at the Frisco Heritage Museum.
For more info or to reserve a spot for your group, call 214-428-0101 or visit the website.
Note: Site tours involve walking and some climbing. Please keep in mind site tours are outdoors. The Museum site is still under construction and accessibility is limited. For those who may have mobility concerns, please contact a member of the Museum staff prior to your visit. They will make every effort to accommodate your needs during periods of construction.
Frisco Discovery Center
Address: 8004 North Dallas Parkway
The Frisco Discovery Center offers a plethora of arts-related events and venues, including: Frisco Art Gallery: monthly art exhibitions, receptions, gallery talks, live demonstrations and more Black Box Theater: music, dance, and live theatre by local groups and performers Special Events Center: festivals, expos, and galas Under management by Frisco Arts. Rental opportunities are available for both public and private events.
Address: 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034
A living monument that collects, preserves and recreates the history of Frisco, Texas, has opened its doors as a tourist destination. The Heritage Museum is a two-story, 18,000 square foot complex designed to showcase ageless artifacts and objects that hold many stories of life long ago in a western railroad town and some of the traditions that have endured over the years. The interactive museum featuring hands-on exhibits will allow visitors to understand how the early citizens of Frisco lived, worked, and played. A living village has been recreated with replicas of the Lebanon Baptist Church, a one room school house, a log cabin, the Smith Muse house, and the Frisco Train Depot.
Looking for a site to hold your special event? Consider renting the spacious 18,000 square foot Museum, the adjacent, historic Lebanon Church, or the reproduction Frisco Train Depot. These facilities offer well-suited space for intimate weddings, family gatherings, company events, and receptions of many kinds. Check out this 3 minute wedding video.
You'll find the largest private collection of Texas sculptures on public display without a charge in Hall Office Park at Gaylord and the Dallas North Tollway. 40 large-scale pieces, all owned by Craig Hall, are featured in the sculpture park with an additional 100 pieces of artwork presented in and around the Office Park.
Bronze Cattle Drive Depictions
Address: 8400 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
The longest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the United States meanders through The Centre at Preston Ridge. Longhorns, cowboys and a chuck wagon bring the Shawnee Trail to life!
Address: 3155 Parkwood Drive, Frisco, TX 75034
Cattle sculptures, waterfalls and native Texas landscaping offer a perfect setting for walking, picnics and biking in Central Park.
In 2002, Frisco passed an ordinance establishing Frisco's Public Art program. Frisco's ordinance calls for a percentage of Capital Project Funds to be used to commission public art. Known at “Percent for Art”, this tool is already used by more than 350 cities, states and public agencies across the country. To see the incredible works of art throughout Frisco, visit the Public Art Collection site. From the towering obelisks to the large scale sculptures that mark the entrance into the city of Frisco, you will enjoy publicly displayed art that reflects both the modern and historical nature of Frisco. Enjoy these works on your driving art tour of Frisco.
Frisco Community Arts
For more information about Frisco Community Theatre, Frisco Area Children's Theatre and other arts venues in Frisco, go towww.friscoarts.org
The Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the city, marketing and selling to meetings, conventions, sports and tourism, and is responsible for increasing economic prosperity for Frisco, its residents and our marketing partners. Official accreditation recognizing excellence and achievement was awarded in 2009 through December 2012 and again in 2013 through December 2017 by the industry organization Destination Marketing Association International. You can contact Frisco's CVB at 1-877-GoFrisco or stop by and visit them at 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Suite 401 Frisco, 75034.