The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture is a museum dedicated to showcasing the history and heritage of Dallas County and can be rented for special celebrations and functions such as wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located in the heart of Dealey Plaza in a historic building that was once the courthouse, the museum was established to educate and inspire visitors about the rich and diverse cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County area. Built in 1892, the beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse serves as a symbol of Dallas heritage and is home to an array of exhibition halls and galleries that are filled with fascinating historical artifacts, items, and objects. The museum also features four mini-theaters, an educational learning center, and several interactive touch screen computers for an immersive experience. Today, the museum can be rented for special celebrations and occasions such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, and social gatherings, with a variety of elegant spaces from which to choose.

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Built in 1892, the Old Red Museum boasts grand architecture and design with elegant entryways of marble and stone and a soaring four-story staircase for unforgettable entrances. The beautifully preserved building features a Great Hall with 20-foot ceilings strung with chandeliers, graceful arches and entryways, and traditional Victorian hues and can accommodate up to 300 guests for seated dinner and dancing receptions and up to 400 guests for standing cocktail receptions and buffet-style gatherings.

Next to the Great Hall are two smaller rooms which are ideal for intimate ceremonies. The Hatton W. Sumners Courtroom has been lovingly restored to its former glory and can accommodate up to 120 guests for a service, while the Restoration Room can be found in one of the building’s turrets and can host a party for up to 250 guests.

The fourth floor of the building is home to a private bridal suite where the bride and her party can relax and get ready before the big day, and the museum level provides an elegant, open-plan space for appetizers and cocktails.


Services included with the rental of the venue are the set-up and clean-up of the site, lighting and sound equipment, liability insurance, and an event planning team to take care of all the details. Parking is available in a county-owned parking garage beneath the museum and valet parking can be arranged, and security is provided by the venue. The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture also offers a preferred vendor list for services such as music and entertainment, flowers and décor, and photography and videography.

General Information

The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture is located at 100 S Houston Street in Dallas and is surrounded by some of the city’s most visited attractions such as the National Historic Landmark District of Dealey Plaza and the JFK Memorial, the historic West End of Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum, and the replica of Dallas founder John Neely Bryan’s cabin.

100 S Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: 214-757-1914

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