Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is AMAZING. Check out my Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit.
Know Before You Go
Be sure and purchase your tickets online before getting to the museum to save LOTS of time! The museum has timed entry, and on busy holidays and weekends often sells out during prime hours.
Educators receive FREE admission, but on a walk-up only basis. If the exhibit is sold out, you must wait.
The BEST parking is under the bridge, at $10/car for all day, takes cash/credit cards, however this lot fills up fast. The lot adjacent to the Perot is $10, but they ONLY take cash. The parking lot on the other side of the bridge, which is shared with the Dallas World Aquarium, is only $8, and they take cash/credit cards.
6 Amazing Floors!
The museum offers 11 exhibit halls, with some amazing interactive activities for kids and adults! I really suggest allowing for PLENTY of time to see all 6 floors!
T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Dinosaurs are on the 4th floor, and that’s ALWAYS our first stop! In addition to models and displays, there are plenty of hands on activities for learning more about these incredible beast!
Ellie Mae – An Ellis County Resident
In 2014, the almost intact remains of a mammoth were found in Ellis County! The mammoth, named Ellie Mae, was relocated to the Perot Museum! Click HERE for more information on Ellie Mae, and have an Ice Age Movie Marathon before going to see her at the Perot!
For more information about Mammoths in Texas, consider a road trip to the Waco Mammoth National Monument, where an entire nursery of Mammoths were discovered buried by a flood! Click HERE to read more!
My 8-year-old has been fascinated with the 5th floor since he was very little! He loves the Build Your Own Bird exhibit, and would spend the entire day there if I would let him! Visitors can create a bird, while learning about different vocal sounds, diets and even flying!
My daughter LOVES the Bio Lab, which allows older children, when accompanied by an adult, to do some pretty amazing observations! They can collect and view their own cheek cells under a microscope, test how household cleaners kill microbes (which totally changed the way I clean my house), isolate and stain DNA from a fruit fly larva, and more! Warning though, gathering the DNA from the fruit fly larva involves some nasty things with a live larva, and sent my youngest out in tears, which is why they have age restrictions on many of the experiments.
Don’t miss the Tom Hunt Energy Hall, and the Earthquake Simulator.
A beautiful, perpetual motion exhibit, with the Dallas Skyline just outside the window!
Moody Family Childrens Museum
A special place for younger children, ages 0-5 and their families. In addition to the Dallas Skyline play structure, there is the Dallas Farmers Market in miniature, allowing children to pick out fruit and vegetables, and pretend camping in the Great Trinity Forest!
Mom Tip – After a morning at the Perot, head over to the Dallas Farmers Market where kids can see and taste farm- fresh fruits and veggies, as well as meet the farmers who grow it! The Dallas Farmers Market limits their produce to only that grown in a 150 mile radius of Dallas. Click HERE to read more about it!
The Art-Lab, a structured painting area where preschoolers are guided by early-childhood professionals! To read more about the Art Lab and hours, click HERE.
When the shade is working in your favor, head outside to dig in the sand searching for dinosaur bones in the dino-dig!
Bookworm Story Time
On Saturday, Sunday and Mondays there is a special storytime for children 3-6 years old in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall on the 4th floor. Click HERE to read more!
3D Films in the Hoglund Foundation Theater
Located on the first floor, between the gift shop and the cafe. Arrive early for the best seats.
Live Science Shows
The Live Shows are only offered on select weekends, so check with the museum before planning your visit! They are included in the price of admission, and do not take reservations, but they are really wonderful!
A fun water feature, leap frogs and musical instruments all await you outside, which is also a great place for a picnic!
A heads up about the water feature, which is a great place to cool off on a warm day, but the museum WILL NOT allow you back inside if anyone is wet. Not a problem during the summer in Texas, as you’ll dry pretty quickly in the sun!
The outside exhibits are FREE to the public.
The Perot is a terrific place for a field trip!
Schools can eat lunch outside, or in the museum lobby on the floor during inclement weather. Bring hand sanitizer and wipes, there is not a really close restroom for those who forgot to wash their hands.
All chaperones and additional adults are allowed to purchase discounted tickets.
The Perot has a short video for field trips, click HERE to view it.
Trinity River Express
The museum has a nice cafe, operated by Wolfgang Puck, near the entrance, or you can take your picnic lunches outside. I suggest at the very least bringing a snack.
Skip the drive into Dallas and take the TRE, with just a short walk to the Perot Museum from Victory Station! Click HERE to read more!
Things To Do in Dallas (near the Perot Museum)
Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Museum of Art are just a short walk down from the Perot Museum! Click HERE for more information on the DMA, one of our favorite FREE activities!
The Dallas World Aquarium is the home to thousands of tropical birds and fish, as well as a jaguar, crocodiles and even manatees! Click HERE to read more!
The American Airlines Center, which is home to the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, offers enjoyable and affordable tours of their facilities at only $5/adults and $3/children! It’s almost a must-do before visiting for a game! Click HERE to read more.
Klyde Warren Park always has an assortment of food trucks, and is just a short walk away.
Take a short drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Trinity Groves, a fun collection of new restaurants in Dallas’ most up and coming area. Click HERE to visit their website.
The Belmont Hotel is a boutique hotel with an incredible view of Downtown Dallas. Click HERE to visit their website.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N Field St, Dallas
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