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December 5, 2012
DALLAS – There’s no limit to discovery at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where interactive learning covers everything the Earth’s crust to space, birds to dinosaurs and gems to the human body
With it’s mission to inspire minds, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened Dec. 1 after a decade of planning and years of construction
The 180,000-square-foot museum features five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls including a children’s museum complete with outdoor play space/courtyard and a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions. Other highlights include an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent rooftop deck; a multi-media, 3D digital cinema with seating for 298; a flexible-space auditorium, cafe and museum shop.
Exhibit halls include Sports; Discovering Life; Being Human; Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation; the Rees Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth; Tom Hunt Energy; Lyda Hill Gems and Mineral; Expanding Universe; T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now; Rose Hall of Birds; and the Moody Family Children’s Museum.
The $185-million fundraising goal was achieved November 2011, more than a year before the scheduled opening. The museum is located on a 4.7-acre site at 2201 N. Field St., just north of downtown Dallas and in Victory Park.
The building is conceived as a large cube floating over a landscaped plinth (or base) and is designed to inspire awareness of science through an immersive and interactive environment. Conceived by the architects in collaboration with Dallas-based landscape architects, Talley Associates, the plinth is landscaped with an acre of rolling roofscape comprised of rock and native drought-resistant grasses that reflects Texas’s indigenous landscape and demonstrates a living system that will evolve naturally over time.
The Perot Museum embraces the natural world and the manmade world, focusing on earth and space sciences, life and natural sciences, chemistry, physical sciences and engineering. The building itself integrates architecture, nature and technology and demonstrates scientific principles to use as a teaching tool that provides “living” examples of engineering, sustainability and technology at work.
Building on the museum’s commitment to resource conservation, the new building integrates a variety of sustainable strategies including a rainwater collection system that will capture run-off water from the roof and parking lot, satisfying 74 percent of the museum’s non-potable water needs and 100 percent of its irrigation needs.
“Our hope is that the Perot Museum will be a living, vibrant and entertaining science lesson for all ages — from cradle to grave,” said Nicole G. Small, CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, in a prepared release. “We want to inspire lifelong learning; improve science on a local and national level by motivating young people to pursue STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] careers and to go on to make amazing, life-changing discoveries; and strengthen the economy as millions visit over the next decade.”
Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the museum has been named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50-million gift made by their adult children — Ross Perot, Jr.; Nancy Perot Mulford; Suzanne Perot McGee; Carolyn Perot Rathjen; and Katherine Perot Reeves.
The Perot Museum of and Science Nature offers a discount to groups of 15 or more guests, with a reservation at least 14 days in advance. For more information, call (214) 428.5555 or visit www.perotmuseum.org.
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