Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Everything from dinosaurs to DNA to diamonds are packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. Prepare to amaze your brain.
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,199 contributions
Apr 2022
When in Dallas and if you love museums on dinosaurs and science, you need to put the Perot Museum on your list, especially if you have kids. There are a lot of interactive areas, perfect for enlightening children. As a heads up, you need to order your tickets in advance and online. Pick the day and time you desire to visit. The museum will turn families away if they don’t have a pre-purchased ticket and the museum is already crowded. As another note, there is parking across the street from the museum under a bridge. It fills quickly during the busy times of the years.
Inside the museum covers several floors. If possible avoid the long lines at the elevators and take the stairs. Your visit will go faster. Each level has it’s own unique theme. You may learn about petroleum drilling, how robots work, space, and the top floor has dinosaurs. The Perot Museum was at least a 6 hour visit and we did not have kids with us. It is a great place and we recommend spending a rainy day there with the kids.
Written June 7, 2022
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Northlibertytraveler
North Liberty, IA161 contributions
Jul 2022
interesting for all ages - our teens age 17-21 enjoyed as the adults did too. We spent about 2 hours enjoying the variety of exhibits. Tickets purchased online give you an entry time and that worked well to stagger crowd size.
Written July 25, 2022
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CR C
Sao Paulo, SP54 contributions
May 2021
The museum is modern and has a pretty nice design to make a self-guided tour with family and kids. A mix of interactive exhibits (mount your own dino, earthquake floor-shaker, tornado spinner, etc) make for more interesting and engaging experiences.

The dino exhibit has limited original fossils, but has an abundance of reproductions and also a lab with a technician showing the process of fossil recovery.

Our kids loved the dino part and then started getting tired from the level below. It is a large museum and I think any visitor needs to gauge the level of patience and interest based on the people coming along.

I enjoyed the visit - wish I had more time, but my kids made me speed thru the exhibit.

I also noticed that Perot's endowment was very friendly to the big oil interests in their exposition of fossil fuel science.

*At the time of visit, we had to schedule due to social distancing protocols and we ended up arriving to the entrance about an hour before our time slot... as a result we were oriented to wait or buy the Guinness Record Tour exhibit. We couldn't wait so we plunked additional cash to add that exhibit after which we could go up to the main museum spaces
Written June 13, 2021
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Lynn H
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Jun 2022 • Family
We went with a four year old and a six year old. They direct you to start the visit on the fourth floor, which is where there are dinosaur skeletons. They have a good T. rex and a huge Alamosaurus. Several others, many from fossils found in Texas. Informative signs. Behind glass, a paleontologist is cleaning a specimen with tony dental tools and brushes, which is interesting. This was the most interesting and enjoyable part of the visit.

Third floor had minerals and some other stuff about the earth and water.

Second floor was about humans. Seemed like a lot of interactive exhibits but they mostly didn’t work. Some had signs saying they were out of order and others either weren’t working or we couldn’t figure out how to use them.

We ate lunch in their cafe. Salads were good—you tell an employee what ingredients to use, like at a Subway. Indoor Seating was minimal. Plenty outdoors but it was 100 degrees so many people were standing around with trays of food looking for a spot. Kids’ cheeseburger and fries were cold when we got a place to sit.

We watched the 3D movie about dinosaurs. It was pretty good but only lasted about 20 minutes, not worth the extra $8 per person

Last we went to the Childrens museum on the lower level. We told the kids that would be where they could touch things. However it was basically a play area designed for kids five and younger. Extra large Lego’s, climbing structure, kitchen play. They did have several live animals like a tarantula, snake, frog,anole.

The operation seemed efficient. Good employees. Clean place.
Written June 18, 2022
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travellustinggirl
Keller, TX102 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We visited this museum today between 10 am and 11:30, and so did at least 30 school bus loads of students. The only thing that saved this trip was a peaceful visit to the Jane Goodall exhibit, which required a separate ticket and took us only 30 minutes. The school kids swarmed the exhibits, stepped on my heels, blocked us from going up and down stairs and ran around the museum seemingly with no adult supervision. There is nothing on their website to warn about the hundreds of school students who come to the museum. An employee did tell us it is quieter after 2 pm. If we had wanted to get a bite to eat at the over priced cafe, we would have had to eat it on the sidewalk as all the tables were occupied by said students. This is not a free museum even for seniors. It costs $62 for the two exhibits, which includes $10 for parking. The bottom line is go late in the day.
Written May 23, 2022
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BeachBatik
Durant, OK261 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Terrible experience from the beginning. Parking is awful and very confusing. You need an app to pay for parking but the app wouldn’t work, so then you have to get in a very long line to try and pay. The museum gives you a time frame to arrive but it’s pointless because everyone who arrived before you is still there. It was so crowded I couldn’t navigate with my wheelchair to see any of the exhibits. People walk right in front of me like I can side step in a wheelchair. It took 20 minutes to get on an elevator that had enough room for my chair because of the crowds and people cutting in front of me. So many people could have used the stairs but didn’t. The bathrooms were so crowded I couldn’t get in with my chair. Granted it was spring break week and I expected crowds but didn’t expect it would be so crowded that even able bodied people couldn’t get close enough to see the exhibits. We gave up after two hours and left. If there had been a need for evacuation I’m sure there would have been many people hurt or trapped.
Written March 23, 2023
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Jamal H
Waco, TX53 contributions
Jun 2021
The museum is located in a sleek building in the downtown area of Dallas. Due to Coronavirus, all tickets must be purchased for a specified entry time, although you can enter 30 minutes before the time scheduled on the ticket.

The building itself is fairly large and is split among five levels. The exhibits that I visited were all very informative but at the same time logical to walk through and simple to understand. The museum may feel like it is geared towards younger children but that was not the case, most exhibits appealed to just about every age group. In particular, the Earth Hall and the Gems and Minerals Hall seemed to be more geared towards a mature audience.

I would recommend planning for at minimum a couple hours here unless you are in a rush and just looking through. The museum itself is very thorough and encompassing and I burnt around two and a half hours looking primarily through four exhibits, so if you want to see more or you go more depth at each exhibit, I would recommend upwards of three hours here.
Written June 19, 2021
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beachm0m81
Cape Cod, MA143 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We had fun at the Perot Museum - there were plenty of interesting exhibits and hands on activities for the kids. There is a large play space with water table for the littles (under age 5) on the lower level.

Some of my thoughts:

1) The floors are all open to the one below, sort of like an atrium in the middle, and there were about 6 bus loads of kids on a field trip the day we went so it was EXTREMELY loud. Like, so loud in some parts you couldn’t talk to the person next to you. Like, so loud that if your child is sensitive to noise or has a sensory issue, I would recommend calling ahead to find out if there are school trips planned for the day. Neither of my kids have sensory issues, but they both complained the entire time about the noise.

2) I would recommend taking the stairs if possible because the elevators take a really long time. We spent a lot of time waiting on the elevator until we smartened up and found the stairs!

3) They do not have a coat check or lockers (maybe this is a northeast thing?) so leave your heavy coat in the car.

4) They offer a really great military and law enforcement discount so bring your ID, I think my husband was free and we were all half price.

5) Bring an extra shirt for your little for the water table. There are smocks provided by my daughters shirt was still soaked.

6) I might suggest going right after lunch and maybe it wouldn’t be so crowded.
Written February 19, 2020
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,102 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a very nice museum. Lots of different exhibits including amazing dinosaur skeletons. It's not the largest museum of this kind I've been to but I love the layout. It's very organized and has a great flow. If you don't like crowds then you want to avoid the hands on science section. This part was packed with kids and parents so we decided not to even try. They also have some outdoor exhibits for kids. The leaping frogs were especially cool. For $20 admission It's definitely not bad for the price. Parking is an additional $10 and the parking is located underneath an overpass across the street from the museum. We had a great time. We would visit again.
Written January 19, 2022
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James B
Middleburg, FL69 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
They have great things for all ages so while children have lots of displays that will interest them, there’s just as much for adults. We went very early on a weekday which I highly recommend. There was plenty of space to take your time at each exhibit and not feel rushed or crowded and it was quiet so you could focus on what you were reading and looking at. As the afternoon approached I did notice the amount of people increasing as well as the noise level. You will appreciate the amount of hand sanitizer station especially since many displays are meant to be touched.
Written September 17, 2021
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