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Museums and Historic Sites in Collin County

Allen, Celina, Frisco, Lucas, McKinney, Plano, and Prosper


Do you love to dig up history or tour a modern museum? We've listed the places that you'll want to visit within Collin County. We've not listed every historical building and landmark in Collin County, but we have listed the ones that are routinely open to the public.

Free $0
$ $1-5
$$ $6-10
$$$ $11-15
$$$$ $16-20
$$$$$ $21+
These locations are often open on only select hours, so be sure to visit their websites for details.


Allen Heritage Guild
There are two locations operated by the Allen Heritage Guild. The first is the Allen Heritage Village which is typically open for special community events and the buildings can be reserved by the public. The depot, also referred to as Allen Heritage Center, is the second building and is located along the train tracks in downtown Allen, is open periodic Saturdays.

Allen Old Stone Dam
The Old Stone Dam in Cottonwood Creek is a designated Texas Historical Commission State Archaeological Landmark. Built in 1874 to provide a source of water to steam locomotives, the dam has been carefully preserved over the last 20 years and is now the central feature of the Allen Water Station Trail. The easiest way to access this 1874 stone dam is by parking in the back of the parking lot of this office building and following the short path on a beautiful shaded trail.
381 E Exchange Pkwy, Allen TX 75002


Frisco Museum Pass
Want to experience all of Frisco's museums for one low admission price? Save time and money with the Frisco Museum Pass! One pass per person.

Frisco Museum
At the time of writing, the maximum charged to enter here is $8 per family, which makes it a bargain. There is something for each member of the family here: a service station with cars from 1915 and 1930, a 1960's era den, "The Heritage Theater" showing old movies, an area where the kids can get dressed up and play Little House on the Prairie (bring your book because they won't want to leave), railroad memorabilia and more.
6499 Page St, Frisco, TX 75034

Frisco Heritage Center
Eight structures and a 1910 locomotive occupy four acres of this village. The structures are open free to the public the third Sunday of the month, with docents at the ready to explain the history of each building. While the museum typically has a small admission fee (see below), it is open free of charge during these events. The buildings and train make a wonderful background for vintage photos.

6455 Paige Street, Frisco, TX 75034

Hall Park Texas Sculpture Garden and Gallery
This private collection has three specific areas: an interior gallery, four-acre contemporary Texas sculpture said to be the largest private collection of contemporary Texas sculpture ever assembled, and 150 pieces of art located outdoors throughout Hall Park.
6801 Gaylord Pkwy #100, Frisco TX 75034

Museum of the American Railroad
The museum began its relocation from Dallas' Fair Park to Frisco in 2012. While the rolling stock here is available for viewing by scheduled tours only, the adjacent Frisco Heritage Museum also has a steam locomotive and caboose parked on the track. Admission includes TrainTopia. (See our calendar of events for tours or click on the link above.)
6455 Paige Street, Frisco, TX 75034

National Soccer Hall of Fame
State-of-the-art technology allows visitors to customize their experience at this nearly 20,000 square foot facility. Try out the virtual reality experience that puts you on the pitch on game day and test your trivia knowledge of soccer before stopping in the Soccer 90 store. Located on the south end of Toyota Stadium.
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco TX 75033

National Videogame Museum
Visitors can learn about, play and experience games through 18 stages full of history and rare artifacts. Over 50 consoles are on display in addition to an 80's arcade full of cult-favorite games such as Pac-Man, Space Invader and Mortal Kombat. And this isn't just a "look, but don't touch" can play about 80 games while you're there! (About forty are included with admission, the remainder in the arcade are a quarter.)
8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034 (Located inside Frisco Discovery Ceter)

Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Mind-stretching fun is the right description for this interactive museum where science is fun! Robots, bubble tables, a giant nose and building challenges create that perfect "fun while learning" opportunity.
8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

The exhibit features G-scale model trains on a 2,500 sq. ft. layout. A light show takes the layout from twilight to sunrise approximately every 10 minutes. Admission includes the Museum of the American Railroad. Get a sneak peak from The Texas Bucket List here.

8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco TX 75034 (Located inside Frisco Discovery Ceter)


Heritage Village at Chestnut Square
Free (Saturdays); $$ (Thursdays)
Depicting Collin County life from 1850-1940 through a collection of buildings and artifacts. Open select days for tours and special events.
315 S Chestnut St, McKinney, TX 75069

Collin County Farm Museum
With a focus on Collin County's rural heritage from the earliest settlement through the 1960s, the museum includes an 8,000-square foot building of artifacts and exhibits as well as outbuildings including the Blacksmith Shop, the Granary and the Confinement house. Open select days for a nominal fee. If you are feeling the need to just get outdoors into an open space, this is a great place to do it. The Rural Heritage Trail is open during daylight hours and, if you follow the path, you'll walk through gardens and past vintage buildings. Bring your camera and water, as facilities out here are sparse.
300 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

Collin County History Museum
An archival museum with historical artifacts, photographs, documents, diaries, manuscripts, historical maps, archival newspapers, and land records. Open Thursday-Saturday.
300 E Virginia St, McKinney, TX 75069

Historic Square McKinney
Well-preserved history with modern amenities, shopping, dining and events. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour including a stop at the Historic Collin County Courthouse, which currently serves as the McKinney Performing Arts Center and houses public restrooms in the basement. Don't miss the trolley tours which begin at Chestnut Square.
111 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069


Southfork Ranch
The most famous ranch in America, the home of JR Ewing, is located right here in Collin County. In addition to viewing nostalgic cars and props from the set, you can tour the ranch house and see the set where JR where was shot in Mexico. Or, go horseback riding around the ranch, just as Bobby, Jock, and Ray often did. For a sneak peak courtesy of The Texas Bucket List, click here.
3700 Hogge Road, Parker TX 75002


Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
A living history site interpreting the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas 1890-1920. Open Tuesday thru Sunday.
1900 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075

Historic Downtown Plano
Urban living, performing arts, galleries, event venues, plus unique shops and restaurants in a historic setting. Special events are ongoing.
1037 E 15th St, Plano TX 75074

Interurban Railway Museum
Featuring interactive exhibits on electricity, science, and Plano's history. Also offers guided tours through historic Car 360! Free.
901 E 15th St, Plano TX 75074

North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library
Dedicated to the preservation of Masonic History in North Texas.
1414 J Ave, Plano TX 75074


Downtown Wylie
Shops, century-old buildings, Olde City Park and special events make this a fun destination back in time.
101 S Ballard Ave, Wylie TX 75098

Updated September 22, 2019

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