Irving Archives and Museum

Irving Archives and Museum The place to learn about Irving’s story of development, the future Irving Archives and Museum will be a place to see how we got where we are and imagine how we can shape the future.

💫 Let's explore Irving's history! The Estelle community grew up on and around what today is DFW Airport during the secon...
04/20/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

The Estelle community grew up on and around what today is DFW Airport during the second half of the 19th century. This two-story brick schoolhouse was built in 1916. It served as an elementary school. The high school students rode the bus to Irving High School. The building became unsound and was torn down in the 1940s. The concrete perimeter of the building is exists among the weeds and mesquite trees that now cover the old school grounds.

Sending air hugs to all teachers, students, and parents helping their kids do online school. Teachers are awesome!!!

The IAM team is excited to share the launch of a new initiative – Irving, 2020: Documenting History during the Pandemic....
04/15/2020

The IAM team is excited to share the launch of a new initiative – Irving, 2020: Documenting History during the Pandemic. This collecting initiative will help document the experiences of Irvingites during this historic moment. Much of what we know about previous pandemics and significant historical events is through archives – journals, letters, photographs, and artifacts help tell the human experience and response to such events as we are living in right now.

We would like to encourage you to share the webpage with others and welcome you to share/upload your own experiences to the collection.

https://www.cityofirving.org/3618/Documenting-History

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!Leeonto Nelson and her sister Lorene opened a café in Irving on Irving Blvd. in the ear...
04/14/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

Leeonto Nelson and her sister Lorene opened a café in Irving on Irving Blvd. in the early 1950s. They called it Lee–Lo’s Café (Lee for Leeonto and Lo for Lorene). In this photo Leeonto’s husband, T. J. (left), poses with a customer.

📌 Don't forget to support our local restaurants during this time. Most are offering curbside pickup and delivery.

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!This photo includes members of the Irving Fire Department in front of a fire engine in ...
04/06/2020

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!

This photo includes members of the Irving Fire Department in front of a fire engine in the late 1960s. Today and everyday, we are grateful for our dedicated first responders.

04/03/2020
Irving Heritage Society

Irving Trivia is back! Join the Irving Heritage Society in this fun tradition.

Announcement of the return of the 13th Washington Irving - The Man and the City Trivia Contest

Let's explore Irving's history!This is a view of the interior of a 1950s-era grocery store.  This is Reese’s Food Store ...
04/01/2020

Let's explore Irving's history!

This is a view of the interior of a 1950s-era grocery store. This is Reese’s Food Store that was located on Main Street from 1954 to about 1970.

Can anyone spot toilet paper or Lysol?

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04/01/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

Let's explore Irving's history!This photo of Irving’s current city hall was dedicated in 1976. It’s Irving’s third city ...
03/23/2020

Let's explore Irving's history!

This photo of Irving’s current city hall was dedicated in 1976. It’s Irving’s third city hall building. This picture was taken shortly after it opened before the landscaping grew up around the building.

03/20/2020

The IAM may be closed to visitors, but work on the exhibits continues. Today we got to take a test flight of our cockpit experience! We can’t wait to share it with all of you.

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03/18/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

The Irving Archives and Museum will be closed through at least April 5. All public programs are cancelled through May 15...
03/17/2020
Home - Irving Arts Center

The Irving Archives and Museum will be closed through at least April 5. All public programs are cancelled through May 15.

Updates will be posted through social media and our sister organization's website: www.irvingartscenter.com.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

03/13/2020

With the health and wellness of our community as our primary concern, the IAM is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 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.

Jenn Landry
Director of Museums

03/12/2020

The IAM continues to welcome visitors during our regular hours. We are following guidance from our local health officials and CDC guidelines. However, as a public health precaution, our interactive hands-on Spark!Lab will be closed beginning Friday, March 13 and until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors and staff are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our community partners at Think India have some great programming planned at IAM throughout March and early April. Be su...
03/04/2020

Our community partners at Think India have some great programming planned at IAM throughout March and early April. Be sure to check out the Smithsonian exhibit Beyond Bollywood at IAM as well!

Come and experience Bengali drama right here in Dallas- see "Mohua" presented by DFW Play on March 7th at 5 pm CST during "India a la Art" at the Irving Archives and Museum! The event is free, but you'll need to register for a seat:

https://ialamohua.eventbrite.com

And while you're doing that, check out some of the other wonderful events we have at "India a la Art"!

www.thinkindiafoundation.eventbrite.com

Antorik - Bengali Organization of Greater Dallas Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW) Shatarupa Purohit

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02/28/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

Join us for a Lifelong Learning weekend. Explore how South Asian arts & cultural awareness can enhance brain health and ...
02/27/2020

Join us for a Lifelong Learning weekend. Explore how South Asian arts & cultural awareness can enhance brain health and personal growth. Learn about and experience sessions on self-care techniques and holistic approaches to better living.

These events are part of our Beyond Bollywood/ThinkIndia special exhibit programming.

📌 Saturday, February 29

11:00am-2:00pm - Integrating Yoga into our Daily Life for Health and Wellness

2:30pm-3:30pm - A Guided Meditation: Featuring Yogananda in America:

4:30pm-6:30pm - Poem as Consciousness: Creating Worlds with Words


📌 Sunday, March 1

1:00-2:30pm - A Journey of Introspection: Mudras in Motion

3:00-4:00pm - Ancient and Modern Indian Food Techniques: Improve Health & Lifestyle

4:15-5:15pm - Marma: Energy Healing through Touch

*Free programs with paid admission or IAM Membership.

➡️ To register for any of these unique programs: http://thinkindiafoundation.eventbrite.com

02/22/2020

The museum will open at noon on Sunday. Spark!Lab will open at 2:30pm. We will be open until 4pm.

📌 Become a Member of IAM today! Benefits for all Members:-Play a crucial role in supporting our mission to engage visito...
02/21/2020

📌 Become a Member of IAM today!

Benefits for all Members:
-Play a crucial role in supporting our mission to engage visitors through thought-provoking programs and dynamic exhibits that explore the history and culture of our community
-Support important educational opportunities for our community, like Spark!Lab
-10% discount on purchases in the Museum Store
-Advance notice of upcoming events
-Priority access to special events

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
-Individual $25
-Family- $50
-Associate - $100

*City of Irving Employees receive 20% discount on all memberships.

SUPPORTING CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP
-Become an integral part of bringing quality programming and exhibitions to our community. In addition to receiving all the benefits of an Associate Member, Supporting Circle Members receive recognition in our annual report.

Supporting - $250
Sponsor - $500.
Benefactor - $1,500

A reminder about our hours and pricing, as well as this Saturday. This Saturday, Feb. 22, our Spark!LAB will be closed d...
02/19/2020

A reminder about our hours and pricing, as well as this Saturday. This Saturday, Feb. 22, our Spark!LAB will be closed due to programming.

Days & Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12 – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday 12 – 4 PM

Admission:
General / Adult - $7
Children ages 3-12 - $5
Seniors 65+ - $5
Active Military - $5
Children 2 and under – Free

*Individual and Family Memberships are available!

🚨New Exhibit Alert! Opening this Sunday 2/16 from 12-4PM @ The Irving Archives & Museum, don't miss "Beyond Bollywood: I...
02/14/2020

🚨New Exhibit Alert! Opening this Sunday 2/16 from 12-4PM @ The Irving Archives & Museum, don't miss "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation"

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02/14/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

Today at IAM, our outdoor signs were installed!  #buildingmuseums #Iamirvingtx
02/11/2020

Today at IAM, our outdoor signs were installed! #buildingmuseums #Iamirvingtx

02/06/2020
It's the last day of our "Pools, Patios, & the Invention of the American Backyard" exhibit.  We are open 12 - 5 PM today...
01/31/2020

It's the last day of our "Pools, Patios, & the Invention of the American Backyard" exhibit. We are open 12 - 5 PM today! No entrance fee. Our Spark!LAB is open as well.

🌟 Come and explore today! We are open from 12 PM - 5 PM, Wednesday-Friday.  Check out our Spark!LAB! It’s FREE fun. 801 ...
01/30/2020

🌟 Come and explore today! We are open from 12 PM - 5 PM, Wednesday-Friday. Check out our Spark!LAB! It’s FREE fun.

801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving.

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01/17/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

01/13/2020
Calling all Artists for a unique exhibition alongside Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the NationS...
01/10/2020

Calling all Artists for a unique exhibition alongside Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Subject: Indian classical art forms like Tanjore, Madhubani, as well as folk art forms like Warli, Kalmakari etc.
Medium: Paintings and original photographs (see details below)

February 15 – April 12, 2020
Entry Deadline: January 22, 2020
No fees for entry, up to 5 entries per artist.
Kids (8–15 years): up to 5 entries per artist.

*See in comments section for more information.

View "Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard"- the first exhibition on view at the Irving Archives & Mu...
01/07/2020

View "Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard"- the first exhibition on view at the Irving Archives & Museum (IAM) and experience IAM’s Smithsonian Spark!Lab, a place where children between the ages of six and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent!

We are open Wednesday - Friday from 12 PM - 5 PM. No entrance fee during soft opening.

Looking for FREE fun?  Bring in your kids to our Smithsonian Spark!LAB today or tomorrow.  Children between the ages of ...
01/02/2020

Looking for FREE fun? Bring in your kids to our Smithsonian Spark!LAB today or tomorrow. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 will create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent.

⏰ Holiday Hours:
January 2, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 3, 12 PM - 5 PM

801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving

Come see me!
12/27/2019

Come see me!

🎄 Looking for something fun to do with your kids over the holidays? Check out our new Spark!LAB. It's the first one in Texas.

⏰ Holiday Hours:
December 26, 12 PM - 5 PM
December 27, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 2, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 3, 12 PM - 5 PM

801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving

🌟💫We’re open today!  Come check us out and our new Spark!Lab. It’s FREE fun.
12/26/2019

🌟💫We’re open today! Come check us out and our new Spark!Lab. It’s FREE fun.

🎄 Looking for something fun to do with your kids over the holidays? Check out our new Spark!LAB. It's the first one in Texas.

⏰ Holiday Hours:
December 26, 12 PM - 5 PM
December 27, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 2, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 3, 12 PM - 5 PM

801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving

Looking for something fun to do over Christmas break with your kids?  We have a few fun opportunities to explore our Spa...
12/26/2019

Looking for something fun to do over Christmas break with your kids? We have a few fun opportunities to explore our Spark!Lab (the first one in Texas). It's free!

We're open December 26, December 27, January 2, and January 3 from 12 PM to 5 PM.

🎄 Looking for something fun to do with your kids over the holidays?  Check out our new Spark!LAB. It's the first one in ...
12/19/2019

🎄 Looking for something fun to do with your kids over the holidays? Check out our new Spark!LAB. It's the first one in Texas.

⏰ Holiday Hours:
December 26, 12 PM - 5 PM
December 27, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 2, 12 PM - 5 PM
January 3, 12 PM - 5 PM

801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving

🎉 Tomorrow is the day!!!  🎉 Don't miss our "Backyard BBQ Party Sneak Peek Event" tomorrow Thursday, December 19!  Save t...
12/18/2019

🎉 Tomorrow is the day!!! 🎉 Don't miss our "Backyard BBQ Party Sneak Peek Event" tomorrow Thursday, December 19! Save the date and spread the word.

➡️ Two party options: 12 - 2 PM and 7 - 9 PM! See attached invite for more details.

You don't want to miss IAM's "Backyard BBQ Party Sneak Peek Event" on Thursday, December 19!  Save the date and spread t...
12/11/2019

You don't want to miss IAM's "Backyard BBQ Party Sneak Peek Event" on Thursday, December 19! Save the date and spread the word.

Retro aprons anyone?  IAM is going to have an amazing museum store featuring unique gifts including retro aprons and Tex...
11/22/2019

Retro aprons anyone? IAM is going to have an amazing museum store featuring unique gifts including retro aprons and Texas merchandise. It will be a fun place to shop for your favorite people.

The store will open on December 19 at our sneak peek. Save the date!

A fun development for today...a sign is up!Save the date for December 19. We have a soft opening event that day. More de...
11/18/2019

A fun development for today...a sign is up!

Save the date for December 19.
We have a soft opening event that day. More details to come.

Are you ready for some Cowboys football?  Well...we are at Irving Archives and Museum.This Dallas Cowboys photo cutout b...
11/08/2019

Are you ready for some Cowboys football? Well...we are at Irving Archives and Museum.

This Dallas Cowboys photo cutout board and door were removed from Texas Stadium before its implosion. They were saved and stored for years and now will be a part of the Texas Stadium exhibit at the Irving Archives and Museum.

Texas Stadium was open from 1971 to 2008

Last week we gave a sneak preview of our awesome Spark Lab to over 50 kids and adults."This is my favorite place ever!" ...
10/22/2019

Last week we gave a sneak preview of our awesome Spark Lab to over 50 kids and adults.

"This is my favorite place ever!" said a 5 year old.

Our Spark Lab will be open in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

Time is flying around here and the Irving Archives and Museum will open by the end of year!Check out this awesome cockpi...
10/08/2019

Time is flying around here and the Irving Archives and Museum will open by the end of year!

Check out this awesome cockpit of a Fokker 100. It will be featured at IAM as part of the DFW Airport exhibit. Visitors will be able to look out the windshield and see what a pilot sees as the plane takes off and lands at DFW and flies over the Metroplex.

The cockpit is a gift from American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum. The flight experience is thanks to Dave Reedy and Don Aimer.

Our awesome team has been brainstorming today in our new Community Space.  We're excited to open in a few months and add...
10/02/2019

Our awesome team has been brainstorming today in our new Community Space. We're excited to open in a few months and add another element of history and rich culture to Irving.

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801 W. Irving Blvd
Irving, TX
75060

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The hub for Irving’s museums and history.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+19727213714

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The mission of the Irving Archives and Museum is to engage visitors through thought-provoking programs and dynamic exhibits that explore the history and evolving culture of our community and our region.

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