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“Excellent museum...if you can get in”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Ranked #4 of 247 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Inspiring minds through nature and science.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Perot is truly a world class science museum. Many wonderful exhibits. There is a children's museum area for small kids. They say it is ages 5 and under, but it has a broader appeal. I would say children under 8 would enjoy it. Mine certainly do. The only problem with the museum is that it is frequently extremely crowded. They sell a set number of timed tickets each day for crowd control purposes, but the museum is still packed and often sells out entirely.

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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.

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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!

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