The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has been open just a little over a year at this point and has a lot to offer those visiting Dallas.
The architecture of the building is what initially caught my eye. It's really unusual with an escalator that is enclosed in glass and on the outside of the building so that you can get a beautiful view of downtown Dallas.
Once you enter the museum, you have 4 floors to explore. All have various interactive exhibits that allow your family to get involved and learn a little something while enjoying themselves.
One of the first exhibits we found was this one that allowed you to change the percentage of the primary colors shown through a light on another wall. A little hard to see in this photo, but you get the idea.
The area of the museum that we rushed to because Our Boys were extremely excited about it was the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall. It had computer stations set-up so that you could program a robot car to run through a maze. It didn't work extremely well, but it did end up being a lesson in how to problem solve.
There were also stations where you could set up electric circuits to see how the current travels when things are connected differently. Also, there was one where you could learn how sound travels when different transmitters were used.
I think one of the coolest areas was the Bio Lab where we could perform an actual experiment! Both boys were suited up in lab coats with protective eyewear and were able to extract DNA strands from wheat germ.
There were so many exhibits to see and enjoy as a family! It could take a full day if you wanted to really dig in and see every last bit of the museum. We hit the highlights that we were really interested in seeing and enjoyed a later lunch that day. Since our kids were out of school (NJ Teachers convention weekend), but the kids elsewhere were still in school we ran into a number of school field trips while we were there. That made it a bit crowded in some areas, but it was still manageable.
If you are in the Dallas area, we'd recommend adding this museum to your itinerary since there is so much to see and do while you are there!
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 North Field Street
Dallas, TX 75201
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