If you’ve driven through the city of Dallas lately you probably seen a very awkward and weird looking building that stands out from all the other buildings in the skyline. It’s the kind of “weird” that makes you wonder… what’s going on in there? That building, designed to grab your attention, is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It’s shaped like a big gray box or cube that’s peeling at the sides, and jutting from the front of the building is a large glass rectangle that’s diagonally positioned to an escalator. I told you it was weird.
Remember, weird isn’t always bad though. The architects of the building, Morphosis Architects, designed the building to inspire awareness of science through an immersive and interactive environment. The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened its doors on December 1, 2012 and on its first day saw more than 6000 patrons.
You’re probably wondering what exactly is the Perot museum?
In 2006 the Dallas Museum of Natural History and Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum at Fair Park joined forces. The united museums were located in three different buildings scattered throughout Fair Park. Through the generous donation of $50 million given by the adult children of the famous Texas couple Margot and Ross Perot, the museum at Fair Park was able to begin the process of establishing a building where all the museums and exhibits can be showcased in one “eco-friendly” place.
The permanent exhibit halls feature Moody Family Children’s Museum, where your young ones can climb a playground made of small Dallas landmarks, take a trip up the Trinity River, and experience the Dallas Farmers Market where healthy choices of fruits and vegetables are promoted. Another exhibit sure to grab your attention is the Being Human display. Here motion capture is used to show how the human body moves by imitating instructors in hip-hop dance, basketball, or tai chi. You can also see cross sections of real human bodies, try out a prosthetic hand, and, toss a ping-pong ball with your mind! And you can’t miss the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now exhibit. There you can follow the evolution of life on Earth over 4 billion year!
There is so much to see and so much to do at the new museum, so grab your family and friends and immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Texas and the magic of science at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
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