Cultural District

Welcome to downtown Abilene, where you can find museums, art galleries, restaurants, shopping and cultural events nearly every day of the week!


The Abilene Cultural District was one of the first five cultural districts in the state designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Abilene was recognized by the state for utilizing the arts in downtown redevelopment. Abilene was among the first Texas cities to understand the important economic role the arts can play in communities. The Abilene Cultural District is home to The Grace Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Elks Arts Center, Abilene Ballet Theatre, Historic Paramount Theatre, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Abilene Convention Center, Cockerell Studios & Gallery, Frontier Texas!, a restored historic train depot that serves as the offices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, and more.


Benefits of being included in the state's Cultural District Program include access to funding through TCA grants, inclusion in state marketing and public relations activities, and the opportunity to utilize the state’s brand in marketing activities executed by the individual cultural districts.


Visit downtown Abilene and see all the wonderful things we have to offer!


Arts, Music & Culture

1133 N. 2nd St., Suite 102



We are a teaching art gallery and space for small gatherings.

Upcoming Events

1642 Sayles Blvd., McMurry University campus



Located in the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Center, this gallery features student, faculty and visiting art exhbitions of all kind.

Cultural District map of downtown Abilene Texas

Cultural District Map



13. O'Kelley Office Supply, 290 Cypress St.

Designed by famed architect David S. Castle, the 1929 building was made to house the W.G. Waldrop and Company furniture store.

14. Mims Building, 275 Cypress St.

Designed by David S. Castle in 1926, this building continues to provide office space.

15. Hotel Wooten, 302 Cypress St.

This 16-story hotel was buil in 1920 and designed by David S. Castle. It now serves as apartments. The ballroom hosts events.

16. Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

The theater was designed by David S. Castle in 1930 as part of the Wooten Hotel development. The theater is a center for concerts, movies, live theater and touring productions.

17. Hilton Hotel (The Windsor), 401 Pine St.

Built in 1927 and designed by David S. Castle, it was leased by Conrad Hilton and was his first hotel to bear his name. The Windsow is now an apartment building.

18. Federal Building, 341 Pine St.

The original building was constructed in 1901. A new one was built in 1937 and the original structure was torn down later to make way for expansion.

19. Minter