I Love the Perot Museum. Here’s what’s on for the 2018-2019 Season!

Readers will know that I am a huge fan of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, so I love to share what’s going on and encourage all my other other science junkies out there to visit this amazing place. There is a LOT of things happening in the months ahead for the 2018-2019 season, so get out your pen and mark your calendars.

Two traveling exhibitions – Ultimate Dinosaurs and The Art of the Brick – headline the season, alongside fan favorites such as Social Science nights, sleepovers, National Geographic Live speakers, Discovery Camps and a whole month dedicated to makers, innovators and creators

If you haven’t yet been to the Perot Museum’s current traveling exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs,  you still have time as it continues through Jan. 6, 2019. Your dinosaur lovers will be pretty wowed, as it brings to life 17 incredible dinosaurs from the southern hemisphere including the Giganotosaurus (South America’s “king of the jungle” predator), Argentinosaurus (the world’s heaviest dinosaur) and other species unfamiliar to many North Americans.



The Perot Museum just keeps getting better! New to the Museum’s T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall is the Paleo Lab, a glass-encased permanent exhibit that gives guests real-time views of the dynamic dinosaur research of Museum paleontologists as they process and prepare fossils fresh from the field. Looming above the Paleo Lab is the first-ever skeletal reconstruction of Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, the polar tyrannosaur discovered and named by Perot Museum paleontologists in 2014.


Guests will also want to check out the new T. rexcalator, which features at the top of the glass-enclosed escalator a life-sized model of the 2nd most complete T. rex skeleton ever discovered . The new “Dancing Dino” interactive allows visitors to dance with their own raptor avatar while discovering how paleontologists use footprints to study dinosaur anatomy and behavior. Also on display for the first time are Protohadros dinosaur tracks found decades ago at Grapevine Lake.

Currently on national tour and getting some fantastic feedback (CNN named it a top 10 ‘global must-see exhibition’), is The Art of the Brick, which will run from February 23-Aug. 18, 2019. The Art of the Brick features millions of LEGO® bricks of every size, used to reconstruct works of art and structural marvels (such as the Mona Lisa, the statues of David, Venus de Milo and Augustus of Prima Porta, a T. rex, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa and more).




And of course, you probably already know what a science film junkie I am, so I’ve got to share what’s running and coming up in The Hoglund Foundation Theater:

The lineup includes Waking the T. Rex 3D: The Story of Sue (through Jan. 6, 2019), Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet and America’s Musical Journey 3D (through May 23, 2019), and Extreme Weather 3D (Jan. 7-May 23, 2019). To view trailers and film times, go to perotmuseum.org.


2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SPEAKERS SERIES. Extreme cave-diving, inspiring photography of animal and human ecosystems, and risky rendezvous with deadly animals. Each year, three world-renowned explorers headline the Perot Museum’s National Geographic Live Speaker Series. Kicking off the 2019 run on Jan. 16 is Bertie Gregory, a British photographer/filmmaker who specializes in capturing intimate shots of animals in their natural environments and portraying what binds animals and humans together. On March 20, the series continues with underwater spelunker and environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad, the 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year who uses his research to address climate change and freshwater resource management. Culminating the series May 1 is biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs, who (despite being allergic to snake venom and anti-venom) collects snakes, scorpions, jellyfish and other venomous creatures from around the world to identify leads for life-saving medicines. Lectures take place at 7 p.m. in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Tickets go on sale Oct. 8 and individual tickets are $35 for Museum members and $40 for non-members.

SOCIAL SCIENCE. I have been known to sneak into Dallas while the kids are in school and explore on my own – then I get to see what I want to see!! Since this isn’t available to all the grown-ups, the Perot has a few adult-only events, too!  Geared exclusively for the 21-and-older crowd, Social Science events are the ultimate Friday night go-and-do, complete with cocktails, craft beers, food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, performances, innovative experiments, engaging discussions and cool inventions. Upcoming events are from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 19 (Maker), Jan. 25 (Wild World) and April 26 (Science Fiction). Tickets are $20 for members and $29 for non-members.

Are you a Member? (I am!) Don’t forget to take advantage of Member-only hours!From 9-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10-11 a.m. every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum, plus member-only access to the Moody Family Children’s Museum on Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon.

TICKETS. Museum general admission is $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $14 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free. For groups of 10 or more, call for special rates at 214-428-5555 ext. 8. All prices are subject to change.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.


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