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FIND YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WITH COLOSSAL DINOSAURS, FLYING ROCKETS, MILITARY DISCOUNTS, EXTENDED HOURS AND MORE AT PEROT MUSEUM THIS SUMMER

DALLAS (June 24, 2014) – Come face-to-leg with a giant dino, make a rocket in the new build-it-yourself exhibit, fly with the butterflies and ponder the pandas in 3D, and use forensics to crack the case. Celebrating its second summer, the Perot Museum is packed to its concrete walls with additional exciting exhibitions, programs and films for youngsters to hipsters and beyond. Besides the 11 permanent exhibit halls, the lineup includes The World’s Largest Dinosaurs and Build It Garage exhibitions, three 3D films, second Saturday Discovery Day programs and an adult-only Social Science night plus free admission for military and first responders all summer long (with special discounts for their family members). Plus, this summer visitors can find their own adventures through their choice of 10 specially created self-guided journeys that take visitors up, down and all around the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Also, through Sept. 1 (Labor Day), the Perot Museum will stay open until 6 p.m. giving visitors an extra hour of discovery. Museum members can continue to enjoy exclusive early-access hours every Saturday from 8:30-10 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon, as well as members-only access to the Moody Family Children’s Museum on Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon.  Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid sell-outs and waiting in line.

This summer guests are invited to “Find Your Own Adventure” by discovering the many new ways to interact with the Perot Museum and its programs and have a fresh experience every time. Inspired by existing summer programming, “Find Your Own Adventure” is built upon 10 themes -- “Prehistoric: A Quest Through Time,” “Engineer: Create Something Great,” “Alternate Realities: Venture into the Unknown,” “Geology: Mining For Minerals,” “Exploration: Pioneer the Frontier,” “Forensics: Crack the Case,” “Flight: Test Your Wings,” “Innovate: Think Outside the Box,” “Health: Make a Diagnosis,” and “Adaptation: Survive the Wild.”

Visitors can choose one of the 10, or really curious minds can come back every week this summer and experience them all. Visitors are encouraged to pre-select their adventure (or adventures!) online at home, then print and bring their guide with them as they explore the museum’s halls, movies, exhibits and programs. Adventure guides can also be accessed through QR codes displayed on wall posters on every level of the Museum.

These themed adventures will have visitors flying high over pine forests, following the studies of real paleontologists, releasing giant pandas into their natural habitat, exploring caverns to find new gems and minerals and so much more. From dinosaurs to DNA, endless hours will be spent exploring temporary exhibitions, special summer programming, 3D films and popular features of our permanent exhibit halls.

We want to keep raising the bar for our visitors. With our ‘Find Your Own Adventure’ initiative, visitors can dig deeper into content in a really inventive way, affording them new and exciting opportunities to continue their museum journey,” said Colleen Walker, the new Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “We’re also honored to offer a free ticket program through Labor Day to U.S. military and first responders in deep appreciation for their service. And, we’re excited about the relaunch of our Café, with greater choices for healthy eating, utilizing more organic and fair trade options.”

Highlights of the summer include:

  • THE WORLD’S LARGEST DINOSAURS.
    Colossal creatures take center stage at The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, the summer traveling exhibition that takes visitors on a journey into the amazing anatomy of a unique group of dinosaurs – the super-sized sauropods that thrived on Earth for approximately 140 million years (pricing below). Presented locally by Highland Capital Management, this exhibition draws upon the latest science that looks to existing organisms to understand these extinct giants, answering questions as to how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves and survives by illuminating how size and scale are related to basic biological functions. Visitors may also “gigantic-ize” their visit and save by adding the short film Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D for a bundled admission price of $25 for adults, $21 for youth and seniors, and $19 for children (under 2 are free).
  • BUILD IT GARAGE.
    This summer’s temporary exhibit, Build It Garage, presented by Michaels, gives visitors of all ages a chance to engineer and design their way through a variety of engaging stations. Participants can bring out their inner artist and create a mural, build rockets and launch them into the air, create racecars and challenge others on a 30-foot track, and even try out their DIY (do it yourself) skills to build, break or make their own creations. Projects will vary throughout the duration of the exhibition and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The exhibit will be on display through August 17 in the auditorium on the Museum’s Lower Level. Build It Garage requires a $4 materials fee in addition to general exhibit admission for non-members and a $2 materials fee for members.
  • 3D FILM LINE-UP WITH PANDAS, BUTTERFLIES AND DINOSAURS IN THE SPOTLIGHT.
    The summer lineup for The Hoglund Foundation Theater, A National Geographic Experience includes Pandas: The Journey Home 3D, presented by National Geographic, Flight of the Butterflies 3D, and Dinosaurs: Giants of the Patagonia 3D. The films are presented locally by Primrose Schools.
  • CAFÉ RELAUNCH.
    Even foodies will have a reason to flock to the Perot Museum this summer as the Wolfgang Puck-managed Café relaunches with a refreshed design that further supports the Museum’s commitment to sustainability while offering a wide range of healthy new menu options.

In addition to the "little science lovers" children's menu and popular Grab & Go selections, the Café will offer up clearly marked specialty fare, including vegetarian and vegan and items without gluten, lactose or nut oils. The health-conscious focus is evident with Fair Trade Coffee, sustainable seafood, Rainforest Alliance brewed teas and cage-free eggs as well as the antibiotic-free protein, organic alternatives and zero trans-fat oils. The eco-friendly atmosphere will feature compostable plates, cutlery and cups. Additionally, waste oil from the Café will be collected and converted into bio fuel. Lastly, a freestyle soda machine gives visitors the option to create 142 possible flavor combinations.

  • DISCOVERY DAYS.
    The family-fun Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, takes science up a notch this summer with adventures in geology and physics. Guests can enjoy interactive family fun while exploring scientific themes the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Themes for the summer Discovery Days include Junior Geologists (July 12) and Science of Flight (August 9). Discovery Days are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.
  • FIRST THURSDAY LATE NIGHTS/ THE LAB .
    From 6-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month is a perfect time to beat the crowds and explore the Perot Museum after hours. Late Nights feature The Lab, a program from 7-9 p.m. July 3 and Aug. 7, when guests can try out the latest technology gizmos, participate in a social experiment, discover groundbreaking research, enjoy dynamic performances and even make their own creations. First Thursday Late Nights and The Lab are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE.
    On Aug. 22 from 7 – 11 p.m. the summer installment of the popular adults 21 and older-only Social Science will offer an after-hours evening of fun – complete with cocktails, performances and a quirky mix of innovative experiments, current research, engaging discussions and unique inventions. With an Identity theme, visitors will get to explore ego and alter ego during an evening examining the science of superheroes, genetics, psyche, and DNA; participate in a social experiment; learn more about genes; dress as a favorite alter ego for a fashion challenge; and “find themselves” with Cure cover band LeCure. Tickets are $13 for members and $18 for non-members.
  • FREE GENERAL ADMISSION FOR MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS THIS SUMMER!
    Through the generosity of family and friends in honor Ross Perot’s birthday, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is pleased to offer complimentary general admission for veterans, active and retired U.S. military personnel and First Responder’s and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families through Labor Day (September 1, 2014).

  • HOURS, ADMISSION AND GENERAL INFORMATION.
    Through Sept. 1, 2014, the Perot Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday. On the first Thursday of June and August (July 3 and Aug. 7), the Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. for its public Late Night events. On Labor Day weekend, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29; Saturday, Aug. 30; and Sunday, Aug. 31.

    Members-only extended hours! From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum, plus members-only access to the Moody Family Children’s Museum from 10 a.m. - noon every Monday (except for Labor Day (Sept. 1) when there is special early access from 8:30-10 a.m.). Please check perotmuseum.org for other special member-only hours, holiday hours, extended hours and unexpected closings.

  • TICKET PRICES.
    Museum general admission ticket prices are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (12- 17) and seniors (65+), $10 for children (2-11), and free for children under 2. General exhibit hall admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $5 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). Children under 2 are free.
    • The World’s Largest Dinosaurs requires a surcharge along with purchase of Perot Museum general exhibits admission for a total admission cost of $21 for adults (18-64), $17 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $15 for children (2-11; under 2 are free). Museum members receive free general exhibit hall admission and discounted admission for The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at $4 for adults and $3 for children, youth and seniors. Visitors may also “gigantic-ize” their visit by adding the short film Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D for a bundled admission price of $25 for adults, $21 for youth and seniors, and $19 for children (under 2 are free).
    • Build It Garage requires a $4 materials fee along with general exhibit admission for a total admission cost of $19 for adults(18-64), $16 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $14 for children (2-11; children under 2 are free). Museum members of all ages only pay a $2 materials fee, as general exhibit hall admission is always free for members.
    • Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid sell-outs and waiting in line.

  • 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 $8 per car when paid on-site (at box office, ticket kiosks or upon exiting the lot) and $3 for Museum members (at box office or lobby kiosk only).

  • MEMBERSHIP.
    Memberships (personal and gift) are $55 for students, $75 for individuals, $90 for dual memberships, $110 for Family, $170 for Family Plus, and $260 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships also are available for $350 and up.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.