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“Surprise after surprise”

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Ranked #4 of 248 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Inspiring minds through nature and science.
Reviewed July 2, 2014

Honestly, I did not know there was such a place as the Perot Museum. When my son mentioned it we decided to visit. In the time it took to walk through the entrance and lower lobby to the ticket counter I ad already made the decision to purchase an annual family membership...and I live in NY. The exhibits are interesting and well done though I must say I did find an error on an inter-active map in one of the exhibits. The giant natural resources map of the USA does not include Long Island, NY...what!
LI may not have oil or shale deposits...but it's here.
Overall, a great museum. I will say now, only after having visited, that a visit to the Dallas area would not be complete without a stop here.

1  Thank ChubbaHill
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went at 12:30 on a weekday, and crowds were still heavy in some exhibits, but they began to thin out by about 2 PM. I would not attempt this museum on a weekend or holiday. I think it is most appropriate for kids aged 5 to 12. There are a wide variety of exhibits with many hands-on opportunities, but not much more science than you would have learned by 9th grade. They advise starting at the top (a non-stop escalator takes you to the 4th floor) and then working your way down, but I think going in the opposite direction would have meant smaller crowds. Exhibits halls include dinosaurs, birds, fracking (the most boring for the kids), inventions (lots of hands on stuff here), gems, genetics, adaptations, and the sports hall (my son's favorite because he got to do a timed race against his sibling and do a sports move of his choice and then watch the video playback of his accomplishment in slow motion side by side a professional athlete).

If we went again, we would not bother to purchase the horribly overpriced World's Largest Dinosaurs special exhibit. This exhibit, for an extra $6 PER adult and $5 PER child (if bought separately), included only a few models (not even real skeletons, except for one leg), a fossil dig pit (the kids did enjoy that), and a small gift shop (in case the main gift shop wasn't temptation enough for your kids). We did not try the Design and Create special exhibit, so I can't comment on that.

The kids enjoyed themselves, and we will definitely be back to focus on the area where we didn't get to spend enough time. We didn't go into the children's museum (in the basement), but it looked to be geared toward the under 8 set. An overpriced café is available with a decent but pricey selection. Eat before you arrive. Bring a change of shorts for the kids because they will likely want to splash in the water outside in the mini-river by the leap frog structures. A sign there implores children not to jump or climb on the frogs. Are they serious?

We spent $84 for the 21-minute 3D dinosaur movie, exhibits, and World's Largest Dinosaurs combo for 2 adults and 2 kids, plus $8 for parking – a bit pricey overall for a museum experience, but we spent a good 3.5 hours there, and would have spent 5 if I had just been with my daughter (9-11 is the most ideal age for this museum, I'd say.)

2  Thank Motherontheroad
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is one of the best museums we have ever visited. Our teenage
grandsons loved it. There were a lot of interactive exhibits. It definitely lived up to our expectations.

1  Thank celine135
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We decided to visit this museum because it was pouring while we were in Dallas and needed an indoor activity. We took 3 adults and 3 kids. I will start by dating the seven year old enjoyed it the most. We arrived around 1 pm and when we first got there, it was very difficult to do any of the interactive exhibits. Howeve, as closing neared, the crowd really thinned out which made it more enjoyable. The architecture of the museum is very unique. My oldest daughter and I are not exactly fascinated by science so we didn't always want to read everything - however we did appreciate the exhibits just found them a little mundane after While. The best parts were the really interactive ones of course! My 7 year old daughter really loved he sports hall and the dinosaur collection is impressive. Definitely worth a trip. We spent half a day and we saw all of the floors.

1  Thank laem
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Incredibly interesting interactive exhibits. I took several out-of-town guests to the Museum and they were in awe. It is a not to miss experience.

2  Thank Sharlene S
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