Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located near downtown Dallas in Victory Park, opened in 2012 as a “living science lesson.” The museum strives to inspire future scientific leaders through educational yet wholly interactive exhibits with hands on activities. Explore with your children, or students, 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibits over five sprawling floors.

See a 35 foot Malawisaurus fossil in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall where you can also see a variety of dinosaurs, fossilized remains, and more in this paleontology focused exhibit. The other exhibit halls are equally fascinating including the Moody Family Children’s Museum which was designed specifically for children younger than five years old. Here, toddlers can explore in a safe environment and enhance their senses with hands-on activities.

Not only is this a museum with children in mind, it is also interesting for adults. Visit the Being Human Hall to learn how human lives are connected through genetics and biology or head to the Discovering Life Hall and explore the ecosystems, life origins, and answers to all of your general questions about living creatures. The Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, and the Expanding Universe Hall all focus on the destructive and creative powers of the earth and cosmos. Learn, grow, and be inspired.

The museum offers various programs for all ages as well as sleepovers for student groups to get an even deeper look into the museum. The Perot Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10-6, and Sundays from noon-6 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day, the museum closes daily at 5 pm.