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Perot Museum Open Until 9 p.m. During Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, Debuts New Film Waking The T.Rex 3D: The Story of Sue and Summer Hours

During the holiday weekend, visitors can enjoy exploring the Museum with extended hours, additional film times and extended access to Café, Museum Shop

DALLAS (May 20, 2013) – From the youngest child and most seasoned adult, to the science buff or novice, visitors of all ages will have more time to experience the highly interactive and educationally stimulating 11 permanent exhibit halls and amenities of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as it kicks off Memorial Day weekend. From May 24-27, the Museum will offer extended hours until 9 p.m. and special, early-morning hours for Perot Museum members on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. (See below for holiday hours.) Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid sell-outs. The Café, Museum Shop and Theater also will remain open late.



Immediately following Memorial Day weekend, the Perot Museum kicks off extended summer hours for the general public beginning Tuesday, May 28, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. Regular Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Hours:
Friday, May 24: 10 a.m-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 25: 10 a.m-9 p.m.
Sunday, May 26: Noon-9 p.m.
(Memorial Day) Monday, May 27: 10 a.m-9 p.m.

Saturday Member-only Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Sunday Member-only Hours: 10 a.m.-noon
Monday (Memorial Day holiday) Member-only Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

On May 25, and as part of the extended holiday weekend, the Museum is excited to debut the newest 3D film to hit The Hoglund Foundation Theater called Waking the T. Rex 3D: The Story of SUE. The captivating science-adventure film chronicles the largest, most complete T. rex ever found, which is grandly displayed at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

“The Perot Museum is thrilled to feature the 3D film Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE for visitors to enjoy during Memorial Day weekend and beyond,” said Terrell Falk, chief operating officer of the Perot Museum. “Dinosaurs and other prehistoric species have captivated audiences for years. This film uses vivid imagery and sound to make learning about the incredible T. rex SUE, and the field of paleontology, fun and dynamic. After the film, visitors can view a T. rex in person, along with hundreds of rare fossils featured in the Museum’s own T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall.”

Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE travels back 67 million years to the Cretaceous period and follows the life of SUE from nest to death – from how SUE was discovered in the badlands of South Dakota in 1990 to how her 40-foot long, several-ton skeleton was excavated and reassembled. Based on the latest scientific evidence, the film depicts how SUE may have looked and behaved as a baby, a teenager and an adult along with her life and death struggles, as she lives up to her reputation as one of the great dinosaur predators of all time, facing off with Triceratops and other threatening creatures.

The film runtime is approximately 23 minutes, and additional show times are available during the Memorial Day holiday weekend with the last film offered at 8:30 p.m. To see the film trailer for Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE, go to http://www.perotmuseum.org/explore-the-museum/the-theater/index.html. In addition, movie-goers will have one last chance to catch the final day of the film Meerkats 3D before it closes May 24.The film, Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D, continues through August 25.

Member-only Perks, May 25-28:
During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Perot Museum members can have up to an additional two hours of discovery with special member-only, early morning hours Saturday, May 25 from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.; Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-noon and Monday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. And, even better, the extra hours of science learning and discovery continue after Memorial Day with the next Member Late Night Tuesday, May 28, offering extended hours until 9 p.m.

HOURS. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Summer extended hours begin May 28-August 31, 2013, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. Please check perotmuseum.org for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.

TICKET PRICES. General admission to the exhibit halls 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 $5 (short film) and $8 (long film) for adults, students, seniors and children. Combo admission to the exhibit halls and theater is $20 for adults (18-64), $17 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), $15 for children (2-11), and $6 for members of all ages. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).

PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum Parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $6 per car when paid on-site (at box office, lobby kiosk or upon exiting the lot) and $3 for museum members (on-site at box office or lobby kiosk).

MEMBERSHIP. Charter Memberships (personal and gift) are $45 for students, $65 for individuals, $80 for dual memberships, $100 for Family, $160 for Family Plus, and $200 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships also are available for $250 and up. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.
Member-only hours! From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive pre-general public access to the Perot Museum. The Museum will offer member-only hours on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Plus, check perotmuseum.org for special member late nights.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the Museum. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.