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PEROT MUSEUM MARKS ONE-YEAR MILESTONE WITH DECEMBER 14 BIRTHDAY PARTY

DALLAS (Dec. 9, 2013) – It’s been just over a year since the Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened its doors to the public on December 1, 2012 – and, nearly 1.4 million visitors later, it’s time to celebrate! The one-year milestone will be marked at a special birthday gathering Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. in the outdoor Plaza. And throughout this holiday season, the Museum will offer an array of special happenings including Samsung Galaxy 8 3.0 tablets loaded with bilingual content to enhance the visitor experience; three 3D films; and programming for kids of all ages (including a special workshop where children can create gifts for fathers, mothers or grandparents).

Also during the holiday weeks, the Museum will host extended hours to give guests plenty of time to check out the limited engagement of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production. Finally, Dec. 31 marks the last chance to become an official Perot Museum Charter Member – a designation only available during the Museum’s inaugural year. Those who join or renew now also can receive a limited edition Charter Member license plate frame (while supplies last). And, by the way, Charter Memberships make great gifts for those hard-to-please, difficult-to-fit folks on holiday shopping lists (and members get a 15% discount on gift memberships plus a 10% discount at the Museum Shop, another stop for unusual gifts that are both fun and educational). 

The Museum will be open extended hours beginning December 22 – January 4 (see below for details). Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase both general exhibit or ANIMAL INSIDE OUT tickets (which include general exhibit admission) in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid sell-outs and waiting in lines.

Details for “holidays at the Perot Museum:”

Perot Museum’s 1st birthday celebration filled with music, dancing and cake – Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. (rain or shine) will include an encore presentation from BANDALOOP, an internationally renowned vertical movement dance troupe that seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP stunned visitors last year on opening day as they danced against the concrete walls of the Perot Museum; you won’t want to miss this year’s performance! BANDALOOP (bandaloop.org) also will perform at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production. The Museum’s first-ever traveling exhibition takes visitors on an anatomical safari exploring 100 plastinated specimens from goats and giraffes, bulls to birds, to octopuses and ostriches. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, created by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, brings fascinating animal biology to life in this unforgettable Museum experience! This is only the second U.S. stop for this exhibit, which debuted in Europe.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT TICKET INFORMATION. An additional timed-entry ticket is required to see ANIMAL INSIDE OUT and includes a timed-entry general exhibit hall ticket. Non-members can purchase bundled, timed-entry ANIMAL INSIDE OUT/Perot Museum general exhibits tickets for $27 for adults (18-64), $18 for children (2-11; under 2 are free), and $22 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+). Museum members receive free general exhibit hall admission and discounted admission for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT at $15 for adults, $11 for children and $13 for youth.

    • 3D films in the Hoglund Foundation Theater. Don your 3D glasses and get ready for adventure (All films run through May 23, 2014.) To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org.)
    • Bugs! 3D brings viewers face-to-face microscopically with some of the world's smallest inhabitants. Bugs! is a breakthrough live-action nature film that explores the lives of an old-world praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly. Length: 23 minutes
    • Mysteries of the Unseen World take audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements used so audiences can see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes. Length: 40 minutes
    • Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia 10,000 years before modern civilization. Enter a time when humans shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts, from saber-toothed cats and cave bears to dire wolves and woolly mammoths — giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. Length: 24 minutes

SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLETS. Check out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab® 3 8.0 tablets that provide bilingual content (in English and Spanish) and enhance visitor experiences in popular exhibits within three of the Museum’s permanent halls. The hand-held devices also include a digital visitor’s guide to help users navigate their visit to the Museum. The Samsung tablets are free of charge (one per family) on a first-come, first served basis. A driver’s license is required for check out.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

  • Discovery Days – Earth, Air and Water: Discover the Dynamic Earth. Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will get to explore the amazing resources of the earth, discover habitats of interesting creatures, conduct experiments with scientists, and even create a storm system. Journey around the earth and beyond in the Museum’s Portable Universe shows throughout the day. For all ages and FREE as part of Museum’s general admission.
  • Countries, Cultures and Kids: All Aboard the Polar Express. Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Lower Level Auditorium. Visitors will meet professional storyteller and entertainer, Kynisha Ducre, for an animated reading of the Caldecott Award-winning holiday story The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Activities include a glitter holiday tattoo artist, a holiday balloon twister and craft tables to create a transportation craft after the performance plus enjoy a holiday cookie and sample a delicious warm chocolate drink! For all ages and FREE as part of Museum’s general admission.
  • Creative Minds, Busy Hands. What could be better than a handmade gift created by a son or daughter to mark a special occasion? These engaging workshops for children ages 3-5 give kids the opportunity to explore a variety of artistic tools and media to create a gift for that special someone! Gift-making workshops are Dec. 14 for mother (9 a.m.-noon) and father (1-4 p.m.); Dec. 17 for grandparents (9 a.m.-noon); Dec. 18 for mothers (9 a.m.-noon) and Dec. 19 for fathers (9 a.m.-noon). Space very limited; cost is $50 per child (classes include a Museum gallery exploration).

CHARTER MEMBERSHIPS The perfect gift for all ages, Charter Membership benefits range from free general exhibit hall admission for the 12-month membership period and discounted admission to ticketed exhibitions, lectures, programs and special events to discounts on parking and purchases in the Museum Shop and Café.  Household level members receive additional benefits dependent on level, such as exhibit and theater guest passes and KIDS CLUB! memberships.

Individual and Household level Charter memberships (personal and gift) are $45 for students, $65 for individuals, $80 for dual memberships, $100 for Family, $160 for Family Plus, and $250 for Family Plus Platinum (plus additional discounts for 2-year memberships). Patron level memberships are also available for those who desire to provide additional financial support to the Museum in addition to receiving member benefits. Patron level memberships start at $350/year and include additional benefits such as VIP event invitations and donor recognition on the web and Annual Fund wall. For details, call 214.756.5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS. During this busy holiday season, the Perot Museum will offer extended hours as follows:***

Sun., Dec. 22, 2013: noon-6 p.m. 
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Tues., Dec. 24, 2013: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 25, 2013: Museum Closed
Thurs., Dec. 26-Sat., Dec. 28, 2013: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Sun., Dec. 29, 2013: noon-8 p.m.;
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  
Tues., Dec. 31, 2013: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 1, 2014: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  
Thurs., Jan. 2, 2014 (First Thursday Late Night): 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  
Friday, Jan. 3-Sat., Jan. 4, 2014: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  

*** Special hours for Perot Museum members are Mondays through Saturdays from
     8:30-10 a.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.

TICKET AND GENERAL INFORMATION

MUSEUM GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES (which alone DO NOT include admission to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT) are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (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. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. 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. Just eight months later, on July 12, 2013, the Perot Museum welcomed its millionth visitor through its doors. 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.