Gene and Jerry Jones’ $5 Million Gift to Perot Museum Celebrated with Presentation of Commemorative Jersey
ARLINGTON (Dec. 16, 2012) – To announce a $5 million gift from Gene and Jerry Jones to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science and a partnership between the Museum and the Dallas Cowboys organization, Gene and Jerry Jones presented a commemorative jersey to Perot family members and Museum officials during an on-field ceremony held before today’s Dallas Cowboy game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a result of the Jones’ generosity, the Perot Museum atrium -- a stunning, naturally lit entrance area spanning almost 14 stories high that greets visitors upon arrival – is named the Gene and Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys Atrium. The Perot Museum opened December 1 in Dallas.
Attending today’s announcement were Margot and Ross Perot and their daughter, Carolyn Perot Rathjen, chair of the Perot Museum board of directors, along with museum CEO Nicole G. Small and Jones family members. The traditional blue-and-white Dallas Cowboy jersey bore the number 12, symbolizing December 2012, the month and year the Perot Museum opened.
“Gene and I are very proud to support the great vision of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and to celebrate the value of science in sports and the world around us,” said Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. “We’re also very pleased that the Dallas Cowboys organization is partnering with the museum and that several of our players volunteered and made unique contributions to the Sports Hall.”
Visitors to the Sports Hall can race against Dallas Cowboy running back Felix Jones in the virtual-reality running wall. In the high-tech Motion Lab, visitors can do side-by-side comparisons of their kick to placekicker Dan Bailey and their pass to Hall of Fame quarterback legend Roger Staubach.
“North Texans love their sports, so what better way to teach anatomy, physics, kinesiology and other scientific principles than through a sports exhibit?” said Nicole G. Small, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “We’re thrilled to partner with such a world-renowned organization as the Dallas Cowboys.”
The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift by their adult children – Ross Perot, Jr.; Nancy Perot Mulford; Suzanne Perot McGee; Carolyn Perot Rathjen; and Katherine Perot Reeves. The Museum is located on a 4.7-acre site at 2201 N. Field St., just north of downtown Dallas.
The building was designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his California firm, Morphosis Architects. The overall building mass was conceived as a large cube floating over the site’s landscaped plinth (or base). The landscape architecture, which reflects Texas’s indigenous ecosystems and demonstrates a living system that will evolve naturally over time, was created by Dallas-based Talley Associates.
Because its mission is to “inspire minds through nature and science,” the Perot Museum building and exhibit halls fully embrace both the natural world and the manmade world, focusing on earth and space sciences, life and natural sciences, chemistry, physical sciences and engineering.
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. Other highlights include an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent rooftop deck; a multi-media 3D digital cinema with seating for 298; a flexible-space auditorium; a Café; and a Museum Shop.
The Perot Museum expects to attain three environmental designations – LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Globes Certification from the Green Building Initiative, (separate from the Green Building Council), which focuses on a wide range of sustainable issues including operations; and the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which emphasizes landscape and site design.
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 – was achieved November 2011, more than a year before the Museum’s scheduled opening.
The Perot Museum is open year round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Please check the website for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.
General admission is $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $8 for adults, students, seniors and children. Combo admission to the exhibit halls and theater is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $15 for children. For members, general exhibit hall admission is free, and theater admission is $6 for member adults, students, seniors and children. (NOTE: Traveling exhibits may have a surcharge.) Parking is available for a nominal fee in nearby lots.
For information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.