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“one of the best science museums in the country”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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$48.00*
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Ranked #5 of 229 things to do in Dallas
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Owner description: Inspiring minds through nature and science.
Washington, DC
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“one of the best science museums in the country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

We spent six hours here with children ranging from 12-18 years old. The older children would have stayed longer if time permitted. This is a very hands on museum, with exhibits ranging from dinosaurs through gems to recent important discoveries in science to the solar system and human anatomy. There were things of interest to all the children: especially popular were the exhibits where you could do some sport activity and have your throw or racket swing or kick reduced to slow motion--You could then compare your swing frame by frame with a professional athlete's--; the machines that measured the electrical impulses in your thoughts; the tables with robots to engineer and then play with. We have gone through science museums in New York, Paris, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Baltimore, and this museum's only rival is the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The building itself is fascinating, with an escalator surrounded by windows and an ecologically friendly roof. The cafeteria had good eating options, and was reasonably priced. All in all, a fascinating visit for children and adults (who can read about discoveries of Nobel Prize Winners) and do additional activities on a tablet loaned to you (you have to surrender your driver's license).

Visited December 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great addition to Dallas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Great design and architecture. Well laid out and allows you to see lots of different natural wonders. Has some great interactive exhibits. By requiring times for tickets and limiting the number of people admitted at any given time, the crowds are manageable. However, the be prepared to wait for the popular exhibits, like the earth quake simulator. Overall this is a don't miss addition to Dallas.

Visited November 2013
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Catania, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“High-educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

One of the most relevant sites to be visited during a trip in Dallas. You can travel across history, geology, physics, astronomy, biology....taking only one elevator. Fantastic!

Visited December 2013
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Texas
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Very impressive museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

First plan your visit and buy your tickets ahead of time as if we didn't do this all the times were sold out today for people who walked up without a ticket. Parking is small and was already closed when we got there. Not many options so we went to the parking garage under the Hard Rock, about 4 blocks away and paid $4 to park there for 3 hours.

You have a timed ticket and they are strict about letting you only go in when it's your time. They are trying to curtail the crowds but they were enormous...they can't factor in that people with memberships are also there so everywhere we went lines for the most popular exhibits were 30 min. plus.

The top floor is a dinosaur exhibit that is top notch. Very informative and fun for all ages. Above that is an area about birds where the kids use computers to build a bird. Hard to find the stations and they need to number them.

The next floor has rocks/minerals and oil/geology area. They have a ride into the Barnett shale and a simulated earthquake.

Next floor has engineering, human DNA, robotics, etc.

We also did the temp. exhibit called Animal Inside out which shows animals muscles and organs. Definitely for older kids. Very interesting.

We enjoyed this visit. I would recommend this museum to kids ages 7 and up more than little ones as the exhibits have a lot of reading and higher thinking skills.

Visited December 2013
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Highland Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Excellent museum for families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

Great museum for families. Lots of activities for children of all ages. Wonderful interactive areas with many short films. Excellent display of natural gems and minerals. Worth the visit

Visited December 2013
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