Located on the southern edge of downtown, Dallas Heritage Village (1515 S. Harwood St., 214/421-5141, www.dallasheritagevillage.org , Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m., $7 adults, $5 seniors, and $4 children ages 4–12) is an outdoor museum devoted to the turn-of-the-20th-century’s architectural and cultural history.
The heritage village is a living history museum, meaning visitors will encounter people (employees) dressed in period costume discussing the significance of the structures or the time period they represent. Through these interpreters and by soaking up the surrounding scenery, visitors learn about North Texas life from roughly 1840 through 1910.
The museum features 38 restored historic structures including Victorian homes, an antebellum mansion, a train depot, a barbershop, a school, a church, and several commercial buildings. The village sits on 13 wooded acres, which feel eerily uninhabited on slow days, and hosts events for children (summer camps, blacksmithing, theatrical performances, animal visits). There are picnic areas and walking trails.