You could view Michelangelo's stunning frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, sure. Or, you could see replicas of those works of art in Fair Park in Dallas.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition makes its first stop in the United States in Dallas on Sept. 30, the opening day of the State Fair. [UPDATE on Oct. 18, 2016: The exhibit will stay in Fair Park through Jan. 8, 2017, according to a statement from the exhibitors.]
The photo display almost didn't make it to the Lone Star State, as it was supposed to land at a Catholic museum in Washington, D.C. But after some scheduling issues, exhibit CEO Martin Biallas was introduced to Fair Park instead.
"They showed me around, and I loved the Women's Museum [in Fair Park] because it could actually facilitate the original size of The Last Judgment, which is over 40 feet tall," he says via email. "I then contacted the State Fair because to me it made sense to do the U.S. premiere at the State Fair of Texas being the biggest State Fair in the country."
And so it happened. Fair ticketholders can visit the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the State Fair of Texas for $8. Children 6 and under get in free. The showcase resides inside the Mundo Latino "A Celebration of Cultures" exhibit in the Women's Museum.
From Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017, the exhibit will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for adults are $16 each. Children 7 and older, students and seniors pay $12. Children 6 and under are free. Discounts are available for families and groups of 10 or more.
Michelangelo's works are displayed in their original size and are reproduced as 34 photographs displayed on 16-foot panels. A film will teach viewers about Michelangelo's life.
Before Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition put Dallas on its calendar, it made stops in Montreal, Canada, and Vienna, Austria.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly named Martin Biallas as Mark Biallas. It has been corrected and we regret the error.