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“How Museums Should Be”

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 22, 2013

Been to museums/exhibits all over the world and this is a modern interpretation of a hands-on "active" place to experience science and nature. It's shiny and new and well attended.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I'm not opposed to children - I'm a teacher on Spring Break, BUT...We should have read reviews that warned against going on a school day morning! The fact that patrons are encouraged to buy tickets in advance (because the museum sells out) MISLEAD us into thinking that the museum was monitoring for overcrowding.

Our daughter (7 years old) barely saw anything (school children sitting on displays to fill out worksheets) and the lines for hands-on activities were too long because of school groups staying together. We just gave up. The whole place was mass chaos with so many large school groups.

The building is nice, but we honestly couldn't enjoy anything because of the overcrowding. The exhibit that is supposed to let children race had over 50 people in line. It would have been a 45+ minute wait. While we were in line for our daughter to participate in the Bio Lab, the worker came out and said, "sorry, we closed 10 minutes ago". The attendant at the cafe said, "believe it or not, this is a tame day."

Very disappointing! Our family will stick to the Oklahoma Science Museum - much more fun for kids and plenty of room.

3  Thank OUmeesh
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I asked our family afterwards what they would rate it. They said average at best. Some of this is probably due to there were many similar exhibits to what we saw in Washington DC and DC was much better. Some maybe that is better suited for kids under 10? Some of the better exhibits were out of order(earthquake). There are a lot of exhibits that are interactive but most didn't seem that exciting. For example the robot where you direct the movements the robot barely moved after it took you a couple of minutes to program. Don't forget about the basement though as that is where you can run a 20 yard dash against a dinosaur or a cheetah.

We followed the advise here and didn't go until 12:30 and there were still several school kids some with poor manners and not enough chaperones.

We didn't eat here as we don't care for high priced, low quality fried food. Don't know what is on the menu so it may have been better here but ate before. As for parking after reading the reviews we looked for a street lot but then saw parking meters a couple of blocks away for 25 cents/hour. They are on the northeast side of the museum. That is the place to park.

1  Thank GoHawksAnkenyIowa
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Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We loved the Perot Museum. The exhibits were outstanding. My kids were dragging their feet to get there and then didn't want to leave. The place was fresh, open, sunlit, vibrant... A kid magnet. I'd go again tomorrow if we could.
My only complaint is about over crowding. You would wait your turn and then get swarmed by a field trip group. There were too many kids in there (and it was not spring break!).
Buy tickets/make reservations in advance. And have fun learning with your kids!

Thank Kutchkabugaboo
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Pros: The museum building is very interesting inside and out. The architecture makes the museum an exhibit as well as a building housing exhibits. There are tons of hands on exhibits for kids and adults as well excellent educational information. A series of escalators (one set of which is enclosed in glass outside the main structure) takes you to the top floor to being your journey down. Each floor represents a different set of exhibits and information. In lowest level houses a kid friendly museum for the preschool crowd. The 3D Meerkats movie was quite interesting.
Cons: Way too crowded! We had to stand in line for almost all hands on exhibits. The level of rude behavior was very high among both kids and adults due to the crowd. Support staff were generally polite but fairly clueless. I would ask a question multiple times and get multiple answers. I was very concerned that we had to leave the museum part to go to the movie on the main floor and wanted to be sure we could re-enter the museum after the movie. I was told we probably could but not one was sure. They did let us in again but it would have been nice if someone could have assured us ahead of time. The restaurant was far too expensive and the food was terrible. Don't bother to waste your money there.
Overall, the museum is wonderful for younger children but far too crowded for real enjoyment.

Thank diannek
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