Remember how in my New Year’s Day post I talked about wanting to go see the Perot Museum in Dallas? Well let’s check that off, it is actually what my husband and I spent New Year’s Eve doing! It was a last minute decision but it was exactly the relaxing experience we needed.
We first moved to Dallas in March of 2012 and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was already in operation in multiple buildings at fair park. The history of the museum dates back to the Texas Centennial celebrated in 1936 and is actually two former museums combined. All we knew of this beautiful new building when we first moved here is that it was sure to add to the beautiful skyline over Victory Park.
Construction wrapped up in late 2012 with the Museum opening to the public in December of that year. The opening was a resounding success. In fact it was such a successful launch that you originally had to buy tickets for a timed entrance and even then it was nearly impossible to get near certain exhibits. Because of the rumored crowds we decided to hold off going until the museum had calmed down a bit. I certainly didn’t mean to put it off for four years though!
The Perot Museum was certainly built with children in mind but can by enjoyed by all age groups. The design of the building itself is beautiful and serene and the exhibits range from Texas’s number one export, oil, to the natural history of the great state and the giant dinosaurs that once roamed it.
Our favorite display was the Lyda Hills Gems and Mineral Hall. In a temporary exhibit they are featuring gems from the National Gem Collection in a display entitled ‘Giant Gems of the Smithsonian’. This was a beautiful and breathtaking display of riches whose value I couldn’t even begin to imagine.
It took us about three hours to see the museum and the special ‘Bird of Paradise’ additional exhibit. I would plan more time to enjoy the museum’s many hands on activities if you bring children with. I would recommend it as a fun afternoon out to any family in DFW, children or not!