Irving’s new museum lets you pilot a flight simulator, explore the city’s history and more

You’re invited to ‘bring your bubble’ to the museum, which is now open to groups who make a reservation.

A new museum traces the story of Irving, from the early pioneers through modern day and includes the development of Las Colinas, pictured here.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

A new museum in Irving traces the story of the city from its earliest pioneer days to its current status as one of the most diverse cities in the nation.

Irving Archives and Museum launched with a soft opening in February 2020, but closed just a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the museum reopened by reservation only for groups of fewer than 25.

“We are telling everyone, ‘Bring your bubble,’ ” museum director Jennifer Landry said. “We wanted to balance opening our doors while protecting the safety of our staff and visitors.”

Groups could include family members, close friends and guardians with virtual learning pods, Landry said. Only one group will be permitted to visit the museum at a time, with entry fees ranging from $25 to $70 depending on the size of group and length of stay.

The museum houses the city archive, a permanent exhibit that details the story of Irving, temporary exhibition space, an auditorium and a Smithsonian Spark!Lab where children ages 6 to 12 can create, collaborate, explore, experiment and invent. It also includes a cockpit and flight simulator that demonstrates take-off and landing at DFW Airport.

Through the archive, visitors can learn about the region’s early settlers, the city’s founding in 1903 and its transition from a small bedroom community into a booming suburb. The museum also explores how the 1970s shaped and changed Irving. That decade included the opening of DFW Airport and the Dallas Cowboys’ Texas Stadium as well as the launch of Las Colinas, one of the nation’s first mixed-use developments.

In addition, the museum now features a temporary exhibit that explores India’s cultural heritage through dance, music, textiles, painting, yoga, theater, cooking and fashion. Think India Foundation curated the exhibit.

“It’s important for our community and our residents to know our history and where we came from, so that we can use lessons from the past to build a better future,” Landry said. “The museum does not have a conclusion because our story is still going.”

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Sarah Bahari, Special Contributor. Sarah Bahari is a freelance writer covering Irving for The Dallas Morning News. She previously worked as a features writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered a little of everything. Email her tips at

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