L to R: Anolis (lizard), Miocene. Amber; Dominican Republic. Shuler Museum of Paleontology, SMU-74976; Martin Luther King Jr. in Dallas on January 5, 1963 (WFAA Collection)


March 14, 2021 to June 20, 2021


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5900 Bishop Blvd.,
Dallas, TX, 75205

Additional Information

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  • Line/Box Office Phone: 214/768-8587
  • Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65 and over, $4 students. Free on Thursdays after 5pm. Free for museum members, children under the age of 12, and SMU faculty, staff, and students with university photo ID.
  • Ages: All ages


Complementing Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows’s New Home is Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections, celebrates the museum’s unique association with the University. For the first time, the Meadows will host highlights from nine distinct campus collections at once, including the Underwood Law LibraryG. William Jones Film and Video CollectionBywaters Special CollectionsHamon Arts Library, the Shuler Museum of PaleontologyDeGolyer Library, the Department of AnthropologyBridwell Library and the noted University Art Collection.

Managed by the Meadows, the University Art Collection is comprised of works donated by alumni and friends of SMU in which prominent Texas artists, including the influential painters Jerry Bywaters and Florence McClung, feature heavily. These collections are among the most important in North Texas. Over 100 exquisite works of art, intriguing artifacts and rare specimens will be on display, many of which will be exhibited outside their home departments for the first time.

From the Pleistocene epoch to the present, these diverse holdings include the earliest surviving crocodile skull, the only surviving footage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Dallas, and the earliest illuminated manuscript in the state. These items are comprised of donations, as well as university acquisitions and groundbreaking discoveries uncovered at excavations by SMU faculty, staff and students.

Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–9pm
Sunday 1–5pm
Closed Monday