Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
4.5
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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  • Ricardo L
    Jupiter, Florida17 contributions
    Perot Museum
    Amazing museum that seems very Lowkey in Dallas. Great variety if interesting exhibits ranging from construction, history, fossils, dinosaurs, architecture. We went for during the Lego towers of tomorrow..so cool to see the worlds tallest buildings modeled with legos. The minerals and gems exhibit are a must see! There were also a lot of things to see outside museum
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 10, 2022
  • Herb C
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota18 contributions
    Cool Museum
    This place is Texas sized if I ever seen one. The 5 floor museum is filled with dinosaurs exhibits, biology related artifacts as well as history and innovation halls. Each hall had a different gist to it and we appreciated the informative exhibits which kept the visit from feeling exhausting because of all the walking. We were a bit disappointed that a number of the Interactive astronomical displays were out of service or broken! They had a dining area with a small range of food not too far from lobby.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2022
  • Rebecca D
    Monument, Colorado47 contributions
    Awesome science museum --- avoid school days!
    We explored the museum for 3+ hours - you start at the top and work your way down through the exhibits. Tons of hands on activities for kids + the science lab has fun 20 minute experiments. We used the Dallas CityPass. We made the mistake of going when the museum opened on a school day. There were 100s of kids on field trips - kinda chaotic.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 3, 2023
  • cha
    London, United Kingdom252 contributions
    Didn’t enjoy
    Didn’t enjoy this really, normally love the interactive displays (these were overrun with children). The displays on the first two floors I found somewhat dull. Also I think it is very overpriced for what it is. Wouldn’t do unless you have the city pass. Wouldn’t go to again
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 27, 2023
  • kantbyluv
    Coconut Creek, Florida118 contributions
    Very big place and alot to do
    We did the Dallas pass and this museum had so much to do. i have 3 kids ages 4,5, & 8. The kids didn't get to experience it all due to time and attention spans lol. We watched all the movies which I thought they would enjoy but it was a bit of a pain to go all the way through the museum then back to the entrance for our movie time slot each time as the movies times were spread out. The Oceans movie is the best one that they enjoyed, the dinosaurs was more for older kids. There were several floors of the museum and it was very busy when we went on a saturday morning.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • tyler b
    Wichita, Kansas8 contributions
    Great value for family- time well spent
    The exhibits are well-designed and offer lots of interesting information about each item. I like how the museum is organized into related topics on each floor. There are lots of hands-on things for the kids to do, however there were long lines for several of the more interesting ones even on a Tuesday morning. We will definitely return the next time we are in Dallas.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • trophywest
    Redding, California792 contributions
    Great Privately Owned Museum
    For a private museum, it was great. For little children, they have a fun play area. Things to climb on & hands on exhibits. They have it set for exploring the top floor & moving down. Not as large as a public museum but extensive for what they had.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Alexandria T
    Denton, Texas3 contributions
    Lots of people and interactive exhibits
    This is a very family friendly museum. It was crowded and had lots of children. It is very casual in terms of dress-code, as many exhibits are interactive. I'd suggest going at a time when there are smaller crowds to be able to enjoy the contents of the museum. The big crowds make the experience feel rushed.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Sarah S
    New Orleans, Louisiana11 contributions
    Fun for the entire family!
    Such a fun environment for kids and adults! Our 5 year old had so much fun exploring and learning about all kinds of cool stuff. Everything was clean and staff was friendly. We spent about 3 hours in the museum but we didn’t do the Pixar exhibit. We will do that next trip!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Lentara71
    Houston, Texas123 contributions
    Great overview of science
    This is a great museum that the Perot family brought to Dallas. Heard many great things and excited to visit on a trip to the Dallas area. This museum has a bit of every aspect of science. My impression was that it was an overview to intrigue young minds. I have been to several Natural Science Museums…. from Los Angeles to Houston. Those other museums have more exhibits than Perot. For the four floors and basement, Perot is on the smaller size. In addition to the entrance fee, the parking is across the street and is $10.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
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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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Jamal H
Waco, TX65 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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David N.
Dallas, TX36 contributions
Dec 2019
My six year old son loves this place. The museum has a number of different floors that have different interactive exhibits but my son still love the children's space in the basement. The rotating special exhibit is hit or miss, we have been to some that are great and others that are not as good, so check the reviews before you pay extra. The theater is also a great value if you are looking for educational movies. Also make sure to check out the fracking exhibit.
Written March 22, 2020
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,239 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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llassocs
Houston, TX184 contributions
May 2021
This is a very nice museum. They tried to use Covid protocols as much as possible by limiting the numbers of people throughout the day, providing lots of hand sanitizer all over the museum and asking people to wear masks and social distance. However, this is a very hands-on museum and no way to keep up with cleaning each experience after every use. We went in the afternoon and were told we were smart to do so because the mornings are filled with children on school field trips. it is handicapped friendly, which is good for me since I use a mobility scooter. The exhibits are mostly science related with lots of experiments to do. It is a good size but small enough to be covered in 2 to 3 hours.
Written May 12, 2021
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travellustinggirl
Keller, TX104 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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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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Lynn H
1 contribution
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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deburkins
Dallastown, PA149 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I, both late 60’s, came today for a very special exhibit, the Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind exhibit, ending on March 22. While the exhibit itself was special because it featured two world-renowned early human fossils (or cousins of humans, if you prefer), we enjoyed, too, a walk through the permanent collections of the museum. All were informative, well-explained for general audiences. Kids (and the kid-like) could feel an earthquake, walk among dinosaurs, see water and winds circulating the globe, contemplate earth’s place among the stars and planets, watch scientists at work on the museum’s most recent research finds (today, that included cleaning and repairing Alaskan fossils). The museum and staff are welcoming in every way. What a treat!
Written March 8, 2020
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Caitlyn
Grand Prairie, TX1 contribution
May 2019
Our family trip to the Perot Museum was initially just to give my nieces and nephews something to do during the summer; however, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum. Many exhibits were interactive and allowed for hands-on learning for all ages. There was never a boring moment where we had nothing to do at the Perot Museum. Employees who specialize in each area are located on each of the various floors and exhibits in order to encourage questions and further learning. The facility was altogether very clean and well put together. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone!
Written April 8, 2020
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