5 Tips For a Successful Trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas
I recently had the privilege of visiting the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. It was absolutely beautiful! I have been to most, if not all, of the museums in the DFW metroplex and this is definitely the best one. It was completely interactive and there is something for everybody with varying interests to enjoy. My favorite part is the Moody Family Children’s Museum. There were many educational sections and it caters to kids of all ages (yes, even your crawlers have a spot to explore in!) The Sports Hall is another amazing exhibit and I’m not even a sports fan!
Now that you’re so excited to go, there are just some things you need to know before you fully enjoy your trip to the Perot Museum. Here are some important tips that could be helpful before heading out there:
1. Buy your tickets online. I cannot stress this enough! I have some friends who went up to the museum only to be told that the museum was sold out for the day. Avoid the lines and buy your admission here. You can also “like” them on Facebook— they announce over there whether they are sold out for the day or not.
2. Don’t go in with an empty stomach! Nothing’s a bigger mood killer than a grumbling tummy. What’s worse is having to rush through exhibits and not even learn anything new because all you’re thinking about is food! Do yourself a favor and eat before entering the exhibits. The Perot Museum has a Museum Cafe that highlights food products local to Texas. It’s also operated by Wolfgang Puck so you know the food will be delicious!
3. Visit during their “downtime.” You are more than welcome to attend any time they’re open and have tickets left but the museum will be more enjoyable if it’s not too crowded. I went the day after Christmas (December 26) and it was CROW-DED! I had to pass on a few interactive parts that I wanted to try but couldn’t because of the long wait or the amount of people surrounding it. Try going on a weekday or earlier during the day.
4. Plan your tour. The museum building has multiple floors and different ways of getting there so have a route that you want to follow. Before entering, you will be handed a map of the different exhibits so you can figure out your plan of action before diving in. We went in to the Children’s Museum first– wrong move since the kid never wanted to leave!
5. Go to the right museum. I searched “Perot Museum” on my phone’s Google Maps and ended up in Fair Park. Google Maps was right, though– I was in the Perot Museum’s Fair Park Campus! I would have stopped by but my tickets weren’t there so I lost a lot of time touring my own town. Here’s the address for the main museum: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas 75201-1704
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is definitely one of the greatest museums in the country. It’s a must-visit whether you live in the area or out of state! There’s so much interaction going on with visitors, computers, machines, and museum employees. Education goes beyond just seeing and reading. It’s keeping an open mind, being hands-on, applying what you’ve learned and leaving you wanting to learn even more– and the Perot Museum does exactly that.
(Just a hint: Teachers get free admission! Just bring your district badge to the box office.)