Museums and Archives

IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE 3.13.20

With the health and wellness of our community as our primary concern, the IAM is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus and following recommendations and guidelines of health officials to ensure visitors and staff are safe. Effective immediately, we are cancelling all museum programs through April 11.

As an additional public health precaution, the museum will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to allow additional health and safety measures to be implemented. The current plan is to reopen on March 18 but please check our social media and website for updates.

Be well and take care of each other. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Irving Arts & Culture Museum Group

Irving Arts & Culture Department’s Museum Group includes Irving Archives, Ruth Paine House, Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, and the Mustangs of Las Colinas Sculpture and Museum.

Irving Archives & Museum

 Joining the quartet in 2019, Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) will be the central hub, housing the city archive, a permanent exhibit telling the story of Irving, and temporary exhibition space along with an auditorium and a Smithsonian Spark!Lab where children between the ages of 6 and 12 create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent. Irving Archives allows the discovery of Irving’s history through access to primary documents, historic photographs, maps, films, ephemera and oral histories.

Ruth Paine House Museum and Visitor Center

Ruth Paine House Museum and Visitor Center allows visitors to step back into November of 1963 and visit the suburban home of Ruth Paine, an unwitting witness to history. President John F. Kennedy was killed by a bullet from a sniper’s rifle Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. An endeavor to find the responsible party brought FBI and local law enforcement officials to a small home in Irving, Texas. Following the assassination the home’s owner, Ruth Paine and those living there were caught up in the whirlwind surrounding the tragedy.

Ruth Paine’s house is where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before shots rang out at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza claiming the life of President Kennedy. The story of the events surrounding the assassination has engrossed historians, scholars and everyday Americans for decades.

Half a century later, Paine’s historic home has been restored to its 1963 look and opened as a multimedia museum to tell the story of the events that occurred there. Visitors can explore mid-century suburban architecture, hear from the characters that populated the life of Oswald and his family, and reflect on the impact the assassination that the 35th President had on Irving and North Texas.

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Irving Archives

Irving Archives allows the discovery of Irving’s history through access to primary documents, historic photographs, maps, films, ephemera and oral histories.

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center includes three buildings that tell the history of the Bear Creek community and of the African-American experience from the time of emancipation of the slaves through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. One of the oldest African American communities in Dallas County. Bear Creek was settled during the late 1850s, as a mix of free blacks, whites and their slaves began settling along the upper reaches of Bear Creek. After emancipation, former slaves began moving into the area, which developed into a rural African-American enclave during the era of racial segregation.

The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum

The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum is temporarily closed for renovations. The Robert Glen sculpture, Mustangs of Las Colinas is in the outdoor plaza at 5221 N. O’Connor Road and remains open to the public. The monumental work is considered the largest equine sculpture in the world.

Ruth Paine House

ICTN documents the opening of the Ruth Paine House:

 

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center

ICTN tours the museum:

The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum

Artist Robert Glen talks with ICTN about his famous mustang sculptures at The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum:

The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum

Artist Robert Glen talks with ICTN about his famous mustang sculptures at The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum: