My last visit on my CityPASS in Dallas was to the Perot Museum of Natural Science.
CityPASS includes general admission to 11 hands-on exhibit halls and a 3D film, plus any public programming on day of admission.
2201 N. Field Street Dallas TX 75201
Dallas, TX 75201
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Hours may vary; visit website for up-to-date information. perotmuseum.org
We started our tour with the 3D movie, Think Big, about engineering and architecture of buildings in the world. It was amazing to see some of these projects come to life in 3D. The museum also shows the 3D movies Prehistoric Planet and Wild Africa.
The museum is a wondrous and amazing place for children to learn about nature and science. It combines a mix of posters, pictures and interactive displays that shows you how things work. It makes learning both fun and interesting. It was a joy to walk among mesmerised, interested and engaged children discovering new things. I am not saying there were no crying children, but hey; who doesn’t get tired after hours and hours of learning new and exciting things?
There are 11 permanent exhibit halls in the museum.
Moody Family Children’s Museum. This space is made for children that are 5 years or younger. A place for them to play, discover and explore.
Lamarsh Hunts family sports hall. In this hall you can for example test your speed against famous athletes and learn what it takes to be a good athlete when it comes to physiology and physics of your own body.
Discovering Life Hall. Want to learn about life and how species have changed over time? This is the hall to visit. From the smallest single-cell organism to the largest animals on earth.
Being Human Hall. Here you learn about human anatomy and physiology, about how the brain works and about our predecessors. There is also a bio lab where children can examine cells from their cheeks, test germ killers, DNA extraction and look at chromosomes. Each lab project is geared at a specific age and all children have to be accompanied by an adult. They are given lab coats, gloves and goggles to wear in the lab.
Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall. This hall awakens the inventor or engineer in children. It shows them how engineers use mathematics and science to build buildings, bridges, robots etc.
The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall. Some of the things you can do here is experience an earthquake by standing on a moving/rocking floor board, touch a tornado and play weather reporter on a tv screen with a teleprompter.
Tom Hunt Energy Hall. The name explains itself. This place explains everything about energy. Where it comes from, how it works, how it is harnessed. The coolest bit was the shaleshaker. You get put in chairs in a room which is the shaleshaker. Then you’re shrunk to actual size and travel downhole on a drilling rig to see what happens downhole when you drill for oil. We had a little girl sitting below us who was totally enthralled and scared with the whole experience. She asked to hold the hand of the guy sitting next to her, since she was so scared when we were being shaken and bumped around. Such a cutie pie!
Lydia Hill Gems and Mineral Hall. Here you can explore the world of rocks and minerals. You can even make your own mineral!
They have a fantastic selection of rocks on display. Below are a few pictures.
Expanding Universe Hall. Here you can learn about how the universe was formed and look back on how humans have changed their understanding of space over time.
T. Boone Pickens Life Then & Now Hall. Definitely one of my favourite halls. Not sure what it is, but the fact that giant dinosaurs used to walk our earth is baffling. Looking at the humongous skeletons of these animals puts it into scale.
Rose Hall of Birds. Here you can create your own species of birds, look at the links to dinosaurs links to birds in our present time. Listen to sounds and learn about habitats and what they eat.
If only I had lived near a natural science museum like this when I was a child. Well worth a visit with young children.