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General FAQs

Are dogs allowed?

Yes! We are dog-friendly. We just ask that your dogs remain on a leash at all times, and you pick up after your dog. As well, dogs are not allowed in any of our buildings, unless they are a service dog.

Are the buildings original?

All of the buildings are authentic, historic structures that were moved to Dallas Heritage Village over the last 40 years. Original sites include the Cedars Neighborhood (where we’re located), Plano, Carrollton, and land that is now DFW airport. The only buildings here that are on their original sites are the Rockhouse bathrooms (near the Farmstead), the two administration buildings across the street from the Donkey Paddock, and the Curatorial offices, next to the Visitor Parking lot.

Between Dallas Heritage Village and the City, who pays for what?

Because of extremely limited funds from the City of Dallas, the museum pays for most restoration, programming, and presentation of the buildings and their artifacts, as well as for the lion’s share of museum operating funds. The Office of Cultural Affairs pays for utilities and approximately 14 per cent of the operating funds, the amount of which must be negotiated each year. All other revenues must be raised by the Board and by museum programs. The Park and Recreation Department pays for general maintenance (mowing, tree trimming, etc.) of the grounds and for repairs to drinking fountains and irrigation lines.

Dallas Heritage Village's Annual Income

The museum has an annual budget of just under $1,000,000 (2013-14 figures). Funding comes from a variety of sources:
Membership & Contributions 33%
City of Dallas 19%
School Tours/Ed. Programs 13%
Facility Rentals 11%
General Admission 8%
Events 7%
*Miscellaneous 9%

* Includes items such as gift shop sales, memorial gifts, etc.

Do you have a restaurant on site?

No. Brent Place closed in 2003. That building now houses our Bridal Suite, as well as education and collections storage. Snacks and drinks are available in our ticket office, and you’re more than welcome to bring a picnic lunch to the museum.

Does the City of Dallas own Dallas Heritage Village?

Yes and no. The City of Dallas owns the park land and the buildings. A nonprofit organization called the Dallas County Heritage Society runs the museum through a long term management agreement with the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Parks and Recreation Department.

How many people visit Dallas Heritage Village each year?

Approximately 50,000. Of these, we see over 20,000 area school children each year. Roughly half of the general admission visitors are residents of Dallas- Fort Worth and the other half are tourists from outside of Texas or from foreign countries.

Who owns the historic buildings and who is responsible for their upkeep?

Since 1969, when Dallas Heritage Village opened Millermore, its first building, the arrangement between the City and the museum has been this: Dallas Heritage Village has been responsible for finding, moving, restoring, and furnishing the buildings in the Village at private expense. The City is then officially responsible for the repair and upkeep of the buildings, while the museum is responsible for running the museum’s tours, education programs, and events.

Why did you change your name?

Though long-time residents of Dallas knew the history behind the name “Old City Park,” many new residents did not. The name caused quite a bit of confusion— people expected a traditional park, with swing sets and swimming pools, and were surprised to find a museum filled with historic structures. In 2005, with the help of focus groups and others, we changed our name to Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park to better reflect who we are and what we do.

Will you be adding any more exhibit buildings?

No. We feel that the buildings are a good representation of late 19th century life in North Texas. In addition, we need to concentrate our fundraising efforts on maintaining the buildings that are already here.