Spring break is in full swing in Dallas and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science wants to get in on the action. The museum has special activities for both young and old through Sunday, March 16, 2014. Events included 3D films with special guests, science experiments, story time, meeting FC Dallas players, and live shows. The museum will stay open until 7 p.m. each night through Saturday, March 15. See you there.
From News Release
Discovery is in full bloom this week as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science packs in amazing science for spring break. From daily experiments and activities, to 3D films, electrifying live shows, guest scientists, guest athletes and more, the Perot Museum has something for all ages and tastes. And through March 15, visitors can enjoy extended hours until 7 p.m. giving museum goers plenty of time to indulge their science-thirsty senses.
Highlights include new displays; daily nano science experiments, science sketching, story time and mineral digs; Electric Theater, Fire & Ice, and Nature’s Extreme live shows on Thursday and Saturday (free with general admission); films including Bugs! 3D, Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D, and Titans of the Ice Age 3D; meet and greets with FC Dallas players and NatGeo film director; and more.
Unveiled just in time for spring break, five glorious Nobel Prizes found a new home at the Perot Museum’s Being Human Hall on Level 2. Considered the world’s most prestigious honor bestowed upon an individual or an institution, Nobel Prize medals have been presented to more than 25 people with ties to Texas, including five physicians and scientists affiliated with UT-Southwestern. These five medals – including a 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from Alfred Gilman, Ph.D., M.D.; two 1985 Nobel Prize medals in Physiology or Medicine from co-recipients Michael Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D.; a 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from Johann Deisenhofer, Ph.D.; and a 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from Bruce A. Beutler, M.D. – have been installed in beautiful new display cases along with the accompanying letters sent to each Laureate.
3D Films in the Hoglund Foundation Theater
Don some 3D glasses and get ready for adventure. To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org.
Bugs! 3D brings viewers face-to-face microscopically with some of the world’s smallest inhabitants. Bugs! is a breakthrough live-action nature film that explores the lives of an old-world praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly. Length: 23 minutes
Mysteries of the Unseen World take audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements used so audiences can see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes. Length: 40 minutes
Special guest! Louie Scwartzberg, director of Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D, will be at the Museum on Friday (March 14) at 4:30 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing worlds that surround us beyond our normal vision, and hear about the making of this eye-opening film in The Hoglund Foundation Theater. Free with general admission, but space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets to see Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D are not included.
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia 10,000 years before modern civilization. Enter a time when humans shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts, from saber-toothed cats and cave bears to dire wolves and woolly mammoths – giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. Length: 24 minutes
Experiments, Demos, Athlete Meet and Greet, and Portable Universe
Daily through Friday (March 14) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nano Science Experiments – Lobby
Explore the amazing world of nano science and technology through a variety of experiments.
Science Sketching – Level 2 landing
Examine specimens up close through microscopes, and sketch your findings.
Mineral Dig – Level 3 landing
Calling all junior geologists, search for and examine various minerals.
Free with general admission.
Daily through Saturday (March 15) at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Storytime – Level 3 landing
Join our science adventures through select stories read by educators. Recommended for ages 2-6.
Free with general admission.
Wednesday (March 12) from 3 – 6 p.m.
Portable Universe – Lower Level Auditorium
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Time Warner Cable
Journey through the solar system and beyond in an immersive planetarium experience.
Free with general admission. Tickets available outside the Lower Level Auditorium. Quantities limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.
Thursday (March 13) from 2 – 3 p.m.
Meet and greet with FC Dallas players – Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall FC Dallas Soccer enthusiasts can meet FC Dallas players Danny Garcia and Jon Top, and check out the team’s new jersey design.
Free with general admission.
Saturday (March 15) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chemistry experiments with the American Chemical Society – Lobby
Discover iron in our breakfast, unique polymers and chemical reactions in a series of hands-on experiments with guest scientists from the American Chemical Society.
Free and open to the public.
Electric Theater lets visitors explore the properties of electricity, see a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla coil in action, learn about plasma, electromagnetism, transformers and more in an oh-so-cool hair-raising experience! 11 a.m. on Thursday (March 13)
Fire & Ice lets visitors watch amazing demonstrations of fire and liquid nitrogen, learn how physical and chemical changes occur, volunteer to help the presenter show how temperature affects matter, and discover what happens when matter goes to extremes! 1 p.m. on Thursday (March 13) and 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 15)
Nature’s Extremes lets visitors journey through extreme environments around the world and discover how some amazing animals have adapted to their habitats in a live interactive demonstration. 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 15)
Live shows will be held in the auditorium on the Lower Level. Free with general admission.
The Perot Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. through Saturday (March 15). Spring break hours as follows:
Tuesday (March 11) – Friday (March 14): 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday (March 15): 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Special member-only hours
Monday – Saturday: 8:30-10 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.- noon.
Ticket and General Information
Museum general admission ticket prices are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $8 (long film) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. Just eight months later, on July 12, 2013, the Perot Museum welcomed its millionth visitor through its doors. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.