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story.lead_photo.caption Figure of a Cat, 305 B.C.-first century, is part of the “Divine Felines” exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Take your pick: sacred cats, Spanish modern art or pumpkins.

If you're headed to Dallas this fall, any or all of three diverse exhibits might enrich your visit.

HELLO, SACRED KITTY: Egyptian cats must have had more than nine lives.

The felines were mythic symbols of the gods and played a major role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years.

"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt" presents cats and lions in mythology, kingship and everyday life. The exhibition, through Jan. 8 at the Dallas Museum of Art, is from the Brooklyn Museum. There are more than 80 objects of wild and domestic cats, feline deities, cat burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline features.

One wonders: Has anything changed, really? Several centuries after us, some museum will have a field day with our time's cat obsession -- from Hello Kitty to the abundance of internet cat videos.

"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt," through Jan. 8. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Exhibition admission: $16 with discounts for senior citizens, students and military. Info: dma.org.

SPANISH ART IN DALLAS: The Meadows Museum has opened "Modern Spanish Art From the Asociacion Coleccion Arte Contemporaneo." The Meadows is the only American venue for this exhibit.

"Modern Spanish Art" presents the scope of modern Spanish art and its ties to the international avant-garde. The show presents nearly 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1915 and 1957 by Salvador Dali, Oscar Dominguez, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Pablo Gargallo and 44 others.

"The 20th century was a fertile and creative time when it comes to modern art in Spain," said Mark Roglan, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum, in a news release. "In spite of the Civil War and the Franco regime, great art continued to be created throughout the era."

"Modern Spanish Art From the Asociacion Coleccion Arte Contemporaneo," through Jan. 28. Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Ave., Dallas. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10, $8 senior citizens, $4 students. Free after 5 p.m. Thursday, free for age 12 and under. Info: meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

GREAT PUMPKINS: Linus would be in heaven. Each Halloween, the Peanuts character visits the pumpkin patch to await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

There are more than 90,000 great pumpkins in the patch at this year's Autumn at the Arboretum festival, which runs through Nov. 23 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove utilizes pumpkins, gourds, squash, hay bales and more to create pumpkin houses, Cinderella's pumpkin carriage and more. The Haybale Maze is also awaiting visitors.

Life-size bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers are also on the grounds. Selfie, anyone?

Autumn at the Arboretum festival, through Nov. 23. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Hours: 9 a.m-5 p.m. daily. Admission: $15, $12 senior citizens, $10 ages 3-12. Info: dallasarboretum.org.

Travel on 10/16/2016

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