The Women's Museum

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The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future
Dallas Womens Museum exterior 1.jpg
The Women's Museum in 2009
The Women's Museum is located in Texas
The Women's Museum
The Women's Museum
Location within Texas
The Women's Museum is located in the United States
The Women's Museum
The Women's Museum
The Women's Museum (the United States)
DissolvedOctober 31, 2011
Location3800 Parry Ave.,
Dallas, Texas
Coordinates32°46′58″N 96°45′54″W / 32.7828°N 96.7651°W / 32.7828; -96.7651Coordinates: 32°46′58″N 96°45′54″W / 32.7828°N 96.7651°W / 32.7828; -96.7651
PresidentCathy Bonner [1]
ArchitectJames Flanders, C. D. Hill & Company
Public transit accessFair Park Station
WebsiteThe Women's Building
Hall of Administration
Built1910 (1910)
Architectural styleSpanish Romanesque, Art Deco
Part ofTexas Centennial Exposition Buildings (1936-1937) (#86003488[2])
TSAL #8200002118
DLMKHD #H/33 (Fair Park)
Significant dates
Designated CPSeptember 24, 1986
Designated TSALJanuary 1, 1984
Designated DLMKHDMarch 4, 1987[3]
The Women's Museum

The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future was a museum located inside Fair Park in Dallas, Texas (USA), covering the subject of American women's history. The Women's Museum's 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) building provided a home for programs and exhibits where people could honor the past and explore the contributions of women throughout history.

The idea of the museum was originally conceived by Cathy Bonner in 1996. Wendy Evans Joseph was chosen to be the design architect. She was previously senior designer for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.. Exhibition design by Whirlwind Creative. The museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, opened September 29, 2000.

The mission of the Women's Museum was to inspire, educate, and stimulate their audience through the exploration of the successes, experiences, contributions and potential of women.

On October 5, 2011, the museum announced it would close on October 31, 2011 due to lack of funds.[4]


This building was built in 1910 by C. D. Hill & Company, which served as Fair Park first coliseum building. It was used for livestock auctions by day and musical theater performances by night. In 1936 this building was renovated and used as an administrative building for the Texas Centennial Expectations. The building was then used to complement the Art Deco facilities and they even added new art deco facade on the south face of the building.

"The Spirit of the Centennial" of Polish-born Raoul Josset, is a 15-foot-tall statue that depicts a young woman rising from a cactus. It was sculpted in 1936. This symbol refers to the Texas Centennial Exposition. By the early 1990s, the building was in total disrepair and unsafe.

However, it wasn't until the founder, Cathy Bonner, came to Dallas in 1996 where friends at Fair Park introduced her to the building. The woman coming out of the cactus at the front was all it took to know that this would be the home of the Women's Museum. The statue then came to symbolize the vision and enthusiasm of the new Women's Museum: An Institute of the Future. Remodeling funds of $5 million was raised and the project was completed within five years, a seemingly unattainable feat. At one time during the 2000s, it was the depository of famed portrait photographer Annie Liebovitz's permanent collection.

Foundation of Women's Resources[edit]

This foundation is a national, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to improving the personal and economic professional status of women and girls through projects and programs.

The first major project, Texas Women's History Project, grew from an innocent question posted in 1974 by an eight-year-old girl. While attending the Institute of Texan Cultures Museum she asked her mother, "But where are all the women?"

This sparked an interest in the mother to collaborate with the women's resources to investigate the nature of women's participation in the development of Texas. This resulted in Texas Women's History Project and the museum exhibit, Texas Women - A Celebration of History, which toured throughout Texas in 1980 and 1981. This display is now on permanent display at Texas Woman's University.[5]

The Texas Women's History Project culminated in 1997 when the supplemental video/study guide educational package, From Gutsy Mavericks to Quiet Heroes: True Tales of Texas Women, was distributed to all Texas public schools.

The Ronya Kozmetsky Institute for the Future[edit]

"Technology is a great friend to women. It will allow women to change the way we do business and raise our children in the next century." Ronya Kozmetsky

The Institute for the Future offers hands-on computer-based programs in a fun and interesting environment. A fast-paced, specialized curriculum provides math, science and computer technology skills. The Museum's professional team works with well-trained volunteer mentors to create and deliver a broad range of creative and enriching programs. The Institute is a living laboratory for research of learning strategies and teaching techniques. In addition to activities in the computer lab, educational offerings include lectures, films, tours and teacher and school programs.

Under the Institute for the Future, the Women's Museum will offer a series of programs, workshops, and enrichment activities designed to help adolescent girls from 11-17 develop and sustain a strong sense of self. All programs have been created to help our participants:

  • Learn critical thinking skills
  • Acquire a stronger appreciation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Increase leadership & communication skills
  • Expand their appreciation for history, arts & culture
  • Discover new & exciting career pathways for emerging leaders
  • Discuss effective leadership strategies
  • Participate in self-esteem workshop

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Board of Directors - The Women's Museum". Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ordinance No. 27079" (PDF). City of Dallas. 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Sara Story (Feb 10, 2012). "Women's Museum Archive Finds New Home Museum gifts archive to Texas Woman's University in Denton". NBCDFW. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to The Women's Museum, Dallas at Wikimedia Commons