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“Great for adults and children”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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Ranked #10 of 253 things to do in Dallas
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Owner description: Inspiring minds through nature and science.
Reviewed March 11, 2013

I spent 3 hours viewing the exhibits, but to thoroughly investigate all the hands-on opportunities would take 9-12 hours. The optimal age for children to enjoy the museum is 6-12 years old, with 8-9 being the best. A child should have at least some introduction to science and be able to read to get the most from the museum, although you can certainly explain the exhibits to them. There is a smaller children's museum on the lower level, and what child doesn't want to see dinosaur bones?
The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children over 2 plus the cost of the theater showings, $5 for one (30 min) or $8 for 2 (1 hr). Lunch is available in the cafe and there is an outdoor exploration and play area. Parking is $6.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I attended the Perot Museum on a Saturday; a birthday party for my friend's 4 year old son, and I was shocked a the lack of parking available in the are. They had a number of parking lots that were unattended and marked as full, although there were psaces available. My friend had greeat didficulty having someon get back to her in terms of picking a date and setting up the party, adn when we arrived, after chcking in at the Concierge desk, she was tolsd to go downstiars and pick up wristbands for her guests, but she could not pick up all the bands at once; for some unknown reason, this was not allowed, so her guests had to come back donwstairs to pick up their bands, all to attend a birthday party. It was so crowded, and full of so many excited, screaming, wiggling, children, it was nearly overwhelming. The space itself is very cool, but it would have been nice if thoughtful planning had gone into parking, elevators/space, hospitality areas, etc...
I realize it is still new, and everyone wants to visit, but it would be nice if logistics had been considered. They stagger visiting, even if one is a member, and regularly sell out of tickets for a weekend day. In the room we were given to host the party, we had someone from the museum "helping " us. She was very nice, but they did not have things like paper towels or mops available.
I feel that the logistical concerns were not well planned, and my friend does not plan on returning for several months, and she became a member to help defray birthday party costs.

4  Thank Bete87
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This building rocks from the outside to the inside - literally! This museum has the greatest and most beautiful set of rocks and gems I have ever seen. From unusual to common and they are displayed beautifully. One huge geode is split and you can turn a crank and see how an ugly rock goes to a beautiful display of natural amethyst crystals.
I have to say this is a great place for kids but a little dull for adults unless you are really into how storms happen and how to drill.
For kids this place is super interactive, you can stand in front of a green screen and forcast the weather in a fake snow rain or hail storm. You can also stand on a platform and pick your strength of earthquake and stand through it as the platform shakes. Lots of fun for kids and interesting for adults.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The Perot is so new, it is crowded with visitors and school groups. IF you can go in the afternoon, the student groups are gone by 130pm. That would still leave time to tour the whole facility. IF you must go earlier when they are there, I was advised to start low and work my way up...since they tell the school groups to go up and work down. In retrospect, I should have "hopscotched the floors", I would have tried starting in the middle and going upwards, or middle down and then the top. I think this may have avoided the crowds of kids. The Museum parking lot is the way to go, close, reasonable in price. I also have a membership at our science museum, and it has a reciprocal agreement with the Perot, so my admission was free. The parking fee can be pain where you check in at the museum to get your ticket, that is the easiest way to pay parking.

2  Thank MnJH5
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

this was a nice museum...had alot of different things to see...very interactive...the only negatives were once you get inside there is an escalator up to 4th floor only(or you can wait forever for one of three elevators) and to get down you have to master a ton of stairs to get down or wait yet again for elevators...and once down then you have maze of confusing exit signs to get out as most of them end up being emergency exits...just remember how you came in...but overall my experience was pleasant

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