Media First Look Inside Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Museum leaders also unveil flythrough video, created by Lockheed Martin
DALLAS (February 2, 2012) – North Texas media got their first look inside the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science today during a hard hat tour and construction update provided by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne, Museum CEO Nicole G. Small and other Museum leaders. Also unveiled was a three-minute flythrough video, created by Lockheed Martin, that gives viewers a promise of what’s to come once the museum is completed. The Perot Museum is slated to open in early 2013.
“The Perot Museum is going to be groundbreaking and breathtaking, and it’s going to offer a mind-shaping experience for everyone from toddlers and students to lifelong learners,” said Forrest Hoglund, chair of the Museum’s expansion campaign. “Our permanent exhibit halls are going to be fun, hands-on and exciting … and our temporary exhibit hall is going to give us room to host the world’s biggest blockbuster exhibitions on topics related to science, the natural world, anthropology, history and so much more.”
The $185-million Perot Museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his California-based firm Morphosis, has been described by The Dallas Morning News architecture critic Scott Cantrell as “the boldest piece of modern architecture to hit Dallas.” Eye-catching and unusual, the building is under construction on a 4.7-acre site located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street in Dallas’ Victory Park.
Museum leaders are entering 2012 with one big task marked off the list. On November 17, 2011, Museum leaders announced they had met the $185-million fundraising goal – which provided for the site acquisition, exhibition planning and design, construction of the new building, education programs and an endowment – more than a year before the doors open to the new Perot Museum and just two years after ground was broken on November 18, 2009. Phase Two of the Build The Perot Campaign is now underway to help fund blockbuster traveling exhibitions, support innovation and technology, further strengthen the Museum’s endowment, and beef up scholarship programs to make the Museum accessible for underserved children and families.
Perot Museum to be a “living” example of engineering, sustainability and technology
Because the Museum’s mission is to “inspire minds through nature and science,” the new museum fully embraces the natural world, such as biology and geology, and the technology and engineering sciences of the manmade world. The Perot Museum will feature five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibition halls, including a state-of-the art hall designed to host worldclass traveling exhibitions and a children’s museum complete with outdoor play space/courtyard. Highlights include an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent outdoor terrace with a downtown view; a large-format, multi-media digital cinema with seating for 300; a flexible-space auditorium; a café; and a retail store.
Currently, the museum halls are named the Being Human Hall, Discovering Life Hall, Expanding Universe Hall, Gems and Minerals Hall, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, Moody Family Children’s Museum, Rose Hall of Birds, Sports Hall, T. Boone Pickens Life: Then and Now Hall, Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, The ReesJones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, and Tom Hunt Energy Hall.
The Perot Museum building itself will be a “living” example of engineering, sustainability and technology at work. The building and outdoor areas will serve as a dynamic science lesson and living lab, providing provocative examples of engineering, technology and conservation. The education wing will be equipped with six learning labs. The halls will feature state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulation. Tabletop landscapes and computergenerated flyovers will provide eye-popping enhancement supported with timely, relevant and engaging lessons and programs. Hands-on activities, interactive kiosks, educational games and dioramas will engage and excite visitors of every age.
While the countdown is on for the new facility, the Museum in Fair Park continues to thrive, offering more than 50 different education programs for students and teachers. Last year the museum served over 600,000 people, including 328,000 schoolchildren. Once the new museum opens, millions of people from Texas, across the nation and globe are expected to visit over the next several decades, making the institution an economic powerhouse for the city.
About the Museum of Nature and Science
The Museum of Nature and Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children's Museum – is an AAMaccredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallas's Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature and Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature and Science also is building a new $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Park facilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature and Science, please visit natureandscience.org.