A resource of Southern Methodist University, the museum houses a comprehensive collection of Spanish art with works dating from the 10th to the 21st century and covering a thousand years of Spanish heritage.
During business trips to Spain in the 1950s, Texas philanthropist and oil financier Algur H. Meadows spent many hours at the Prado Museum in Madrid. The Prado’s spectacular collection of Spanish masterpieces inspired Meadows to begin his own collection of Spanish art.
The Meadows Museum opened in 1965 as part of a new arts center at SMU, with a Meadows Foundation endowment.
The collection is housed in a two-story collegiate Georgian red brick building of approximately 66,000 square feet.