Highlight Museum - April 23, 2020
For the previous "virtual vacations" we've highlighted one museum in a neighboring state: Arkansas and Kansas. This week we're focusing on Texas and because that state has a number of excellent children's museums, we're going to spend a few weeks covering them.
And, we're thinking about your travels and grouping the museums into the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and then we'll move downstate.
Both this, and next, week's museums are VERY large and offer nature, history and science exhibits in addition to a Children's Museum within their walls. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in Dallas and, for next week, the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History is, well, located in Ft. Worth.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Featuring 11 exhibit halls, state-of-the-art technology and displays, a great series of events and special programs, and 3D films at the Hoglund Foundation Theater (a National Geographic experience), the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is one of the best museums in the country for innovations in museum displays. Kids can feel an earthquake, build a robot, take part in real science experiments, and even create their own virtual dinosaurs.
The 180,000-square-foot museum features five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls, including a children's museum complete with outdoor play space/courtyard, and a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world class traveling exhibitions.
Since the museum is so large, we're going to focus on the Children's Museum section but there are many areas in other parts of the museum that your child might enjoy. The graphic to the left shows the list of all Exhibits (and you can review that section here, too.)
The link above gives a concise but great overview of the Children's Museum section. There's an indoor nature hike, a farmer's market, a water play table, and crawl areas children 5 and under will enjoy (adult supervision expected).
If you plan to be in Dallas for more than a day, you might want your child to take advantage of a FREE program the museum offers. You can check this Children's Museum's page (scroll to the bottom of the page) and see the days and times these programs are offered.
And! The Perot Museum offers "Amaze Your Brain at Home" activities – supported by videos (for adults & children) and PDFs (for adults).
Details: Location, Admission,
Location: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located in the heart of Dallas and their website offers directions on how to get there. On this page, they also offer parking information.
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Museum general admission ticket prices are $17 for adults (18-64),
$11 for youth (2-17),
$12 for seniors (65+),
and free for children under 2.
Hours (when re-opened)
Monday – Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday – 11am - 5pm
The Perot Museum is also closed on these days:
Tue - Thurs Sept 8 - 10th (for annual maintenance)
Fri Nov 13 closed at 1pm and all day, Sat Nov 14 for the Annual Fundraiser
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day