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Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science is home to 11 permanent exhibit halls filled with interactive activities, multimedia displays, and artifacts. Start by taking the continuous-flow escalator to the top of the museum, then work your way down to ensure you don’t miss a thing. You'll be able to experience an earthquake, launch a pingpong ball using your brain waves, create your own virtual species of bird, and much more. The onsite 3-D theater provides an immersive, educational film experience. Buy tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line. Put Perot Museum of Nature and Science into our Dallas itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Dallas.
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  • Our 3 littles enjoyed! Hands on, lots to see from dinosaurs to space to robotics...great exhibits!! Loved the hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum!! 4 floors of fun with stairs, escalators a...  more »
  • We were in family with two children from 2 to 7 years. And all have with various activities. Simulation on how a tunnel to extract oil can ignore, not worth it. Display of dinosaurs (many of Dallas), well, awesome. This season there was a special exhibition of the Mayan world. With my grandson enjoyed especially the 3D film of dinosaurs (was what they most enjoyed). The interior of the well air-conditioned Museum, there is Cafe for lunch and in almost all of the displays there is something interactive.
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  • We visited on a Thursday at opening with the hope of it being less busy - we even took off work. There were so many field trip children whose chaperones let them run wild that it tainted our experienc...  more »
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  • A science museum that's equally fun for kids and adults, The Perot is one of our favorite places in Dallas. If you're looking for somewhere cool to take a toddler in the summer, they have a kids zone on the ground floor for kids five and under. It features a water zone, an area for climbing, running, and moving blocks, an outdoor sand area. The rest of the museum is packed with interactive activities from dinosaurs to robots. You could easily spend a full day here, and they have a decent cafe that helps make that possible. Bring a change of clothes for the kids, there's a wading pool and play area in the front and it is irresistible.
  • Very nice museum. Great kids area. Love the dinosaurs and minerals and earth system exhibits. I find the sliced, plasticized people a bit creepy but I guess it's pretty neat? My kid loves the small sports area where you can race people and animals sprinting. He likes trying against the T. Rex.
  • There's a lot packed into this natural history museum! I definitely learned some things, but the best part is that the experience is highly interactive and fun. Great place for families with kids. I started my visit with the special Mayan exhibit, which was interesting but with so much to see on a first visit, probably not worth the extra $10 to the admission price. Then I toured the Expanding Universe Hall (I was oddly absorbed by the solar system display), Life Then and Now Hall (dinosaurs! - amazing actual sized re-creations and fascinating facts), Dynamic Earth Hall (fun to experience how different earthquake seismic waves feel), Hall of Birds (fun to fly and soar!), Energy Hall (my favorite part were the educational videos of anthropomorphic energy forms), and Gems and Minerals Hall (fascinating to see gemstones in their rawest form). Pro Tip: you can save a couple bucks off admission if you purchase your tickets online vs. in person (we purchased our tickets online while standing in front of the museum).
  • We had so much fun here. We started out with the dinosaur 3D movie which was really cool and a short 20 minutes. Then we headed off to each of the floors to see what was in store. This place has everything - hands on creation, robots, cars, lasers, the body, animals, space, dinosaurs, etc. You could use a machine to view your veins in your hand, you had a display that showed a sliced human which was awesome and disturbing at the same time. There was a robot that one of the employees was moving about. He told us that this robot allowed him to take a child, who is stuck in the hospital and too sick to travel, on a virtual tour of the whole museum as well as interact with the child in real time. Also each floor has brainiacs, which are employees who have all the knowledge on the exhibits to the floor. They give you insights and back ground info that isn't included in the exhibits. This place is fun for all ages. Our family ranged from 62 to 7 yrs old and we all had a good time.
  • Perot Museum is way more than most comperable museums. We have come to expect the finest exhibits and departments, and look forward to each visit with the grandchildren. Membership is well worth it, as we plan many visits throughout the year. Membership also includes admission to several other museums, that we also visit often. Science and God's Creation? You simply cannot do better than the Ross Perot Museum.

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