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“Great place to go!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201-1704
+1 214-428-5555
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Ranked #9 of 304 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Inspiring minds through nature and science.
Dallas, TX
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“Great place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

My five year old just loves this place. He asks to go at least once a month. He enjoys everything that they have to offer. Especially the sand box where he can dig for fossils. We go during the free Bank of America weekend to save on the entrance fee. We also love the kids area. He can spend hours there. They have a pretend cow that he can "milk", vegetables for picking, a water table, fireman costumes, and much much more. There's also a great area outside with a pond and a trail over the pond.

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“Mediocre museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

This museum is OK if you've run out of things to do with your family in Dallas, but it's hardly worth visiting unless you combine it with a visit to the nearby science museum. Compared to other natural history museums in Texas, Houston's is far better, and even Fort Worth outshines it.

Fortunately, they're in the processing of developing a new nature and science museum in the Victory Park area of Dallas. Supposedly they be keeping this museum as well to supplement the new museum, but it hardly seems worthwhile to me.

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“Very fun place for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

This is our local science museum and, although it doesn't compare favorably or in any way to other nationally known science museums such as Philadelphia's or Chicago's, I am proud of it and have had a great time taking my daughter here since she was about six months old (she's 15 months now.) The preschool area features an insect room with crawl-around tunnel and tanks, a fun little farm area where you can "gather eggs," a water room, fire tuck and sand areas, and a general fun area with musical instruments, mirrors, etc. Baby always has a great time. The older kid exhibits feature a very fun (husband and I think) and interesting DNA exhibit, usual gravity and physics fun stuff, and dinosaurs area. Exhibit fabrication and design is simple and well-done, some are fancier than others. I have to say, the little cafe is GREAT. Great food quality and option for kids, including basics like PB&J and grilled cheese, and their salads even have real lettuce. It deserves its new home and major funding that's being done to move downtown, the Museum is really trying hard to make it a first-class enterprise. Although Fair Park is probably hard for tourists to figure out how to get to (although I think you can now take the DART train), if you're visiting from out of town and have kids ages 1-12 I would definitely put this on your trip agenda. Parking is free, so visit before they move downtown! (not for at least two or three years I believe.)

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“Good for the kids but a bit rundown”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

The museums have not been maintained and are a bit gaudy. The biology exhibit was well done and gives you a great breakdown of the organs and genetics. The nature center was okay. It needs more exhibits. The IMAX was interesting. I like the idea of playing a movie on a globe-like screen but it came out a bit out of focus. The service was terrible. Half the staff looked either uninterested or had no idea about anything. The person at the membership counter had no idea of half the buildings at Fair Park. I would go here once for the kids and then move on with your life.

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“Not too spectacular”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

If you are going expecting to be awed, don't get your hopes up. While the area is pretty and there have been updates, the actual content leave a lot to be desired. There is not much in the dinosaur section, but there are a lot of stuffed coyotes. All in all, the museum is outdated. I would suggest the Houston museum of nature & science, however. That one is spectacular!

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