Perot Museum of Nature and Science – A Museum For All Ages


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science or simply known as the Perot Museum is a natural history and science museum that is situated in Dallas, Texas. The museum has two campuses, and these are the primary campus, which is located in Victory Park and the secondary school, which is in Fair Park. In this article, we are going to know more about the history of the Perot Museum and the exhibits you will see while you’re there. 

History of the Perot Museum 

In June 1936, the Dallas Museum of National History was opened, and it was part of the Texas Centennial Exhibition. In September 1946, the Dallas Health Museum was founded, and ten years later, it was renamed as the Dallas Health and Science Museum. In 1981, it was later renamed to the Science Palace. And in 2006, the museum CEO decided to unite the Dallas Museum of National History and the Science Palace and the Dallas Children’s Museum at Fair Park. After this, the museum was located in three buildings in Fair Park. In December 2012, the Perot Museum was relocated to a new facility in Victory Park. That is why the Science Palace Building and Planetarium was closed, and the building was turned into a second campus for the Perot Museum. 

Things To Do at the Perot Museum

The Perot Museum is known for its stunning features with eco-friendly designs, that is why it is considered as a jewel in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Once you are inside the museum, you will find five floors that have permanent exhibits that are filled with several hands-on-activities, interactive kiosks, as well as a state-of-the-art 3D theater. That is why we are here to list down all the permanent exhibits in the museum that you should not miss.

1. Moody Family Children’s Museum – In this exhibit, you will see the Dallas Skyline Climber, where kids can go to the miniature Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, play in playgrounds that are made of small Dallas landmarks, and see how the museum staff feed and take care of the terrarium animals.

2. Sports Exhibit – This exhibit is located in the lower level of the museum. Here you can see the Sports Run, which is an interactive video exhibit where you can race with Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys or even a 3D life-size tyrannosaurus rex.

3. Discovering Life Exhibit – This exhibit is located on the second level of the museum. Here you will see interactive dioramas that feature three of Texas ecosystems, experience what it’s like being at the East Texas Piney Woods, and smell beeswax of the Blackland Prairie.

4. Being Human Exhibit – In this exhibit, you will see aa motion capture that features how a human moving, see cross-sections of real human bodies, record your own heartbeat, test out how prosthetic hands work, review human tissue samples, and even toss a ping-pong ball using only your mind. 

5. Rose Hall of Birds Exhibit – In this exhibit, you can create your own bird by choosing its diets, tails, wings, body, songs, feet, and feathers. After that, you can put on a 3D glass to see how it flies. 

6. Expanding Universe Exhibit – This exhibit is located on the fourth floor of the museum, and here you will get to experience the Big Bang and the creation of Earth’s solar system via HD screens.

7. T.Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Exhibit – In this exhibit, you can follow the evolution of life on Earth over 4 billion years. 

8. Tom Hunt Energy Exhibit – In this exhibit that is located on the third floor of the museum, you can virtually travel through 90,000 feet of gas well when you see the Shale Voyager. This is a motion-based theater where you can experience natural gas fracking.

9. Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Exhibit – Here in this exhibit, you will see the world’s third-largest gold nugget or also known as the Ausrox Gold Nugget. This nugget was first displayed at the Western Australia Museum a the Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

10. The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Exhibit – in this exhibit, you will get to experience what is the feeling of being in a strong earthquake through the shake table simulator. You will also get the chance to see footage of real hurricanes and tornadoes that hit Texas as well as witness a tornado simulator model.

11. Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation – This part of the museum lets you create musing in a sound studio, create an earthquake-proof skyscraper model, and build a robot that can follow programmed instructions. 

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