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Bring your students to the museum that discoveries built.

A field trip to the Perot Museum is an adventure that’s sure to spark curiosity and discovery.

Expand your class' field trip experience beyond our exhibit halls with the addition of a 3D film or traveling exhibition, or a TEKS-aligned classroom program, or ScienceCast distance learning program led by one of our educators, either here at the Perot Museum or at your school.

From the fossil record to the expanding universe, your class will have a blast learning about the many different fields of science and technology.

Permanent Exhibit Halls

With 11 state-of-the-art permanent exhibit halls to explore, there’s no shortage of amaze-your-brain moments waiting to spark student interest in STEM subjects and careers.

LOWER LEVEL
MOODY FAMILY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Welcome to a world where hands-on exploration meets make-believe adventure! Designed especially for children ages 5 and younger, our children’s area gives kids the opportunity to climb, create, explore and imagine.
Mondays from 10am-noon are reserved for members only. To help facilitate field trips, early learning classes may prebook the Moody Family Children’s Museum when scheduling their field trip.

Program Extensions

LOWER LEVEL
LAMAR HUNT FAMILY SPORTS HALL

From physics to physiology, our high-energy interactives give kids the chance to test their reflexes, throw a fastball and try their best to outrun one of the most formidable athletes of all time — Tyrannosaurus rex!

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: Catapult Science, Amusement Park Physics, Chemistry Connections, Look Out! The Eye Dissection, Pump Up! The Heart Dissection, Diagnosis: The Body in Question
  • Auditorium Programs: Super Hero Science, Physics Circus
  • At Your School: Catapult Science, Amusement Park Physics, Look Out! The Eye Dissection, Pump Up! The Heart Dissection, Super Hero Science

LEVEL 2
DISCOVERING LIFE HALL

Take an indoor nature walk at the Museum — where everything from single-cell organisms to ecosystems can open your mind to the power and potential of living things. Students will have the opportunity to explore the plants and animals that live in three different ecoregions of Texas and to challenge themselves to identify native plants and animals by scent or sound alone.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: All About Bugs, Adapt to Survive, Texas Ecosystems, CSI: Wildlife Investigation, Plastic Pollution: Albatross Pellet Dissection, Cell Lab
  • Auditorium Programs: Nature’s Extremes
  • At Your School: Do Bugs Bug You?, Adapt to Survive
  • ScienceCast: Adapt to Survive, Monarch Migration, Sudden Death: Prehistoric Extinctions

LEVEL 2
BEING HUMAN HALL

Humans possess not only a unique physiology — we also have powerful minds that work in amazing ways. As your students search for answers to the question of what it means to be human, they’ll discover hands-on exhibits that engage both mind and body.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: ABCs of Chemistry, Chemistry Connections, Look Out! The Eye Dissection, Pump Up! The Heart Dissection, Cell Lab, Diagnosis The Body in Question
  • At Your School: ABCs of Chemistry, Look Out! The Eye Dissection, Pump Up! The Heart Dissection, Diagnosis: The Body in Question

LEVEL 2
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ENGINEERING AND INNOVATION HALL

If you have students who love solving puzzles, here’s your chance to show them how engineers use math, science and creativity to solve everyday problems — or make groundbreaking discoveries with the power to change the way we live, work and play. Plus, our newly expanded Robot Arena will give your students even more ways to participate in challenging robotic competitions!

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: Physics Fun, Catapult Science, Amusement Park Physics, LEGO Simple Machines, Robotics 101
  • Auditorium Programs: Physics Circus, Electric Theater, Super Hero Science, Fire & Ice
  • At Your School: Physics Fun, LEGO® Simple Machines, Catapult Science, Robotics 101, Amusement Park Physics
  • ScienceCast: Fire & Ice

LEVEL 3
THE REES-JONES FOUNDATION 
DYNAMIC EARTH HALL

This dynamic exhibit hall puts earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other dramatic weather events in perspective, using interactive exhibits to reveal how the elements of earth, air and water interact with each other to shape our unique environment.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: ABCs of Chemistry, Chemistry Connections, Fuel of the Future: Alternative Energies, Weather Explorers, Air & Weather, Rocks & Minerals, Faces of the Earth
  • At Your School: ABCs of Chemistry, Fuel Up! Alternative Energies, Geo-Logic, Jr., Geo-Logic, Weather Explorers, Air & Weather
  • ScienceCast: Fire & Ice, All About Earthquakes 

LEVEL 3
TOM HUNT ENERGY HALL

Here, students will have the opportunity to use 3D technologies to visualize underground formations, see and touch real drill bits, and discover how renewable energies like solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric fit into the energy equation.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: ABCs of Chemistry, Chemistry Connections, Robotics 101, Fuel of the Future: Alternative Energies, Rocks & Minerals, Faces of the Earth
  • Auditorium Program: Electric Theater
  • At Your School: ABCs of Chemistry, Robotics 101, Geo-Logic, Geo-Logic, Jr., Fuel Up! Alternative Energies

LEVEL 3
LYDA HILL GEMS AND MINERALS HALL

In addition to dazzling crystals, fluorescent minerals and dozens more awe-inspiring specimens, interactive touchscreens encourage students to explore the physical and optical properties of various minerals.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: Chemistry Connections, Rocks & Minerals, Faces of the Earth
  • At Your School: Geo-Logic, Jr., Geo-Logic

LEVEL 4
EXPANDING UNIVERSE HALL

A virtual journey through the solar system helps students put outer space into perspective as they contemplate how the universe may have started.

Program Extensions

  • Portable Universe Programs: One World, One Sky; The Sky at Night, Jr.; The Sky at Night; The Sky at Night, Secondary
  • ScienceCast: Star Gazing

LEVEL 4
T. BOONE PICKENS LIFE THEN AND NOW HALL

Learn about the time when Dallas was under a shallow blue sea, travel to the Cretaceous Period in Big Bend, explore ancient mammals and learn about the Museum's current research of Alaskan dinosaurs.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Programs: Texas Ecosystems, Dig Those Dinos, Faces of the Earth
  • At Your School: Adapt to Survive, Dig Those Dinos
  • ScienceCast: Sudden Death: Prehistoric Extinctions, Paleo at the Perot Museum, Adapt to Survive

LEVEL 4M
ROSE HALL OF BIRDS

As students explore the similarities and differences of our feathered friends, they’ll have the opportunity to test, create and name their own virtual species of bird — or use our full-body flight simulator to see how it feels to soar through the sky!

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Lab Program: Adapt to Survive, Texas Ecosystems, Plastic Pollution: Albatross Pellet Dissection
  • At Your School: Adapt to Survive
  • ScienceCast: Adapt to Survive

CAREER INSPIRATION IN EVERY EXHIBIT HALL

Each exhibit hall features videos from scientists and other professionals talking about their careers, and the paths they took to get there. For teachers of middle school students, we also offer a student worksheet to guide your students through some of these career videos during your field trip.

CAREER TALKS

Are you looking for a museum professional to talk to your class about his or her career? The Perot Museum participates in career days for elementary, middle school and high school students. See our Career Talks page for more information.

Traveling Exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions at the Perot Museum offer even more specialized learning experiences for your students. For an additional fee, you and your students can include a world-class traveling exhibition as part of your field trip. Catch them while you can!

Birds of Paradise

October 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition will take your students on an expedition to the New Guinea rainforest to witness the spectacular plumage and dazzling dance moves of the family of birds known as birds of paradise. You will meet and follow the adventures of two determined researchers — National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology researcher Edwin Scholes. These two explorers made 18 trips to New Guinea over eight years to complete the first survey of all 39 known species of birds of paradise. The video and photographs they brought back, combined with the exhibition artifacts and interactive experiences, provide exciting learning opportunities for you and your students.

Birds of Paradise Educator’s Guide
Birds of Paradise Student Journal Activity

Co-produced by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Adapt to Survive, Texas Ecosystems, CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation
  • On Your Campus: Adapt to Survive
  • ScienceCast: Adapt to Survive
  • Educational Film: Earthflight 3D

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

February 11 – September 4, 2017

Give your students a chance to experience an astonishing exhibition that will allow them to rediscover a lost civilization. Encounter the richness of Mayan culture by examining centuries-old authentic artifacts, traditions and worldviews. Experience immersive life-size re-creations of classic Mayan architecture, and explore the hidden worlds of the Mayan past and present. Your students will participate in hands-on explorations such as building arches, deciphering hieroglyphs, learning about drilling techniques, Mayan calendar translations and more. They will take part in the process of discovery to learn how archaeologists use science, technology and contemporary Mayan voices to interpret the past. This exhibit is available in English and Spanish.

Educator’s Guide coming soon.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Physics Fun, Catapult Science, LEGO® Simple Machines
  • On Your Campus: Physics Fun, Catapult Science, LEGO® Simple Machines, Physics Circus, TECH Truck Family Science Night

Don't Forget

There are TEKS-aligned educator guides to all of the exhibitions available online. These guides will help you prepare for your field trip and provide pre- and post-activities for students.

Traveling Exhibition Workshops

For teachers looking to extend their learning and incorporate these exhibitions into a field trip experience, the Museum offers the following educator workshops:

November 5, 2015; 6-9pm
Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence

April 16, 2016; 9am-3pm
Eye of the Collector

Educational Films

Add a whole new dimension to your field trip with a totally immersive 3D film experience. From the moment your students open their eyes to the digital clarity of The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience, they're also opening their minds to some of the most fascinating topics that science and nature have to offer.

Presented by Primrose Schools

Asteroid: Mission Extreme 3D

September 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Appx. 25 minutes – Asteroid: Mission Extreme 3D will take you on a journey 65 million years in the making. Through stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, you’ll discover the dangers and opportunities that lie in using asteroids as stepping stones in humanity’s voyage across the solar system. The challenges are enormous, but the idea could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and successfully inhabit other worlds.

Earthflight 3D

October 6, 2016 – March 10, 2017

Appx. 20 minutes – Take an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras fly wingtip to wingtip with some of the world’s most charismatic birds. On their fantastic journeys, the birds visit some of the most spectacular animal events and locations on earth. It is a totally immersive experience — at times the flocks seem to fly out of the screen. It is a whole new way of exploring the natural world, as birds time their seasonal journeys to coincide with some of the most intriguing events in nature. They soon become immersed in great animal migrations, strange animal happenings, and awe-inspiring landscapes. In this thrilling experience, the 3D cameras plunge the audience into the heart of these natural events — all through the eyes of birds.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Adapt to Survive, Texas Ecosystems
  • On Your Campus: Adapt to Survive
  • ScienceCast: Adapt to Survive, Monarch Migration
  • Traveling Exhibition: Birds of Paradise

Extreme Weather 3D

October 15, 2016 – May 25, 2017

Appx. 40 minutes – From famed storm chaser and award-winning filmmaker Sean Casey, this dramatic and exciting film will take you where few have gone before — to the edge of 300-foot-tall glaciers, the front lines of massive wildfires and directly into the paths of deadly yet mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow the men and women on the forefront of climate research and the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Air & Weather
  • On Your Campus: Air & Weather
  • ScienceCast: Fox 4 Meteorology Team

Electropolis 3D

January 9, 2017 – May 25, 2017

Appx. 20 minutes – What would happen if the energy grid we have all come to rely upon were to stop working? This enthralling film takes a fascinating look at our all-important electrical grid and explores how companies are working to ensure that blackouts don’t disrupt our lives.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Physics Fun, Robotics 101, Fuel of the Future
  • On Your Campus: Physics Fun, Robotics 101, Fuel of the Future, Physics Circus, Electric Theater, Fuel Up! Renewable Energies Family Science Night

Wild Africa 3D

March 11, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Appx. 20 minutes – Come with us on a spectacular 3D ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. Our guide through this enchanted kingdom is the sorcerer itself — water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys. Your students will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures. Discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted kingdom. It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.

Program Extensions

  • Field Trip Experience: Adapt to Survive, CSI: Wildlife Crime Investigation
  • On Your Campus: Adapt to Survive
  • ScienceCast: Adapt to Survive

Note

Field trip showtimes are Monday–Friday, typically between 10am and 1:30pm. Be sure to check the Theater page for the current schedule.

Program Extensions

Enhance your field trip to the Museum with our TEKS-aligned programs – at the Museum, on your campus, or online!

The Perot Museum is more than a collection of exhibits and specimens – it also consists of expert educators who share a commitment to inspiring minds through nature and science. We offer engaging TEKS-aligned, hands-on programming to help students connect with scientific concepts and principles. Programs are a great way to enhance your field trip to the Museum.

Classroom Programs (here or on your campus)

Auditorium Programs (on your campus)

ScienceCast Online Distance Learning Programs

Box Lunches and Souvenir Kits

Make your students’ visit to the Perot Museum extra special with box lunches from our Café or souvenir kits from our Store!

Order Box Lunches

The Museum Café offers a variety of Box Lunches to suit the needs of your group. A minimum of 10 Box Lunches must be ordered. Download the reservation form below.

Preorder Your Group’s Box Lunches

NOTE: Pre-ordered box lunches from the Cafe require a separate check payable to Wolfgang Puck.

Order School Souvenir Kits

Discover, Explore, Remember!

Students can now enjoy a fun reminder of their trip to the Perot Museum with a Museum Shop school souvenir kit. There are two kit options available for preorder and payment prior to your field trip.

Preorder School Souvenir Kits Today

NOTE: Pre-ordered Souvenir Kits require a separate check payable to Event Networks.

Pricing, Tips and Policies

Make the most of your Perot Museum visit! Please be sure to review the policies and tips below to ensure you and your students have a thorough and successful Museum experience.

  • Pricing

    Field TripsStudentsRequired Teachers/ ChaperonesExtra Chaperones
    Museum Exhibits (required) $5 FREE $5
    Films and Programs
    Educational Film (Short approx. 20 minutes) $5 $5 $5
    Educational Film (Long approx. 40 minutes) $6 $6 $6
    Field Trip Lab-Based Program $5 FREE Not Available
    Traveling Exhibitions
    Birds of Paradise 
    (October 8, 2016–January 8, 2017)
    $5 $5 $5
    Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed 
    (February 11–September 4, 2017)
    $5 $5 $5
    Off-Peak Discounts in September 2016
    Museum Exhibits and Educational Short Film $8 $5 $8
    Museum Exhibits and Field Trip Lab Program $8 FREE $5 (exhibits only)

    School group rates apply to groups with at least 10 students (pre-K to college). Special needs groups are not required to have 10 students. One adult chaperone, 21 years or older, is required for every seven (7) students (pre-K to 12th grade). Instructors accompanying college students will pay the student rate. For more information please call 214.428.5555 ext. 8 or email reserve@perotmuseum.org.

    The Perot Museum offers financial assistance to qualifying schools for Museum field trips, educational programming, ScienceCast distance learning, outreach programs and Family Science Nights. To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your field trip or program, please fill out the financial aid request form after filling out a field trip or outreach program request.

    Reservations Department Contact Information

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  • Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy

    A non-refundable deposit is due within 10 days of making your reservation ($50 for reservations totaling less than $500, $100 for reservations over $500). Final payment is due two weeks prior to visit date. All schedule and attendance changes must be made no later than two weeks before your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, you must contact the Reservations Department at reserve@perotmuseum.org at least two weeks before your scheduled visit in order for your payment to be applied to a new visit date.

    Refunds will only be made in the event of Perot Museum equipment failures, power failures, school closings due to inclement weather or other issues deemed serious enough by the Perot Museum to warrant cancellations. No other refunds will be issued. Deposits are nonrefundable. The Museum does not issue refunds or tickets for absent group members.

    Request forms for a Perot Museum field trip or outreach program at your school are available by calling 214.428.5555 ext. 8 or by emailing reserve@perotmuseum.org

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  • Financial Aid

    Perot Museum offers financial assistance to qualifying schools for Museum field trips, educational programming, Science- Cast distance learning, Portable Universe planetarium, outreach programs and Family Science Nights. To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your field trip or program please fill out the financial aid request form. In order to be considered for financial aid, a field trip or outreach program request form must be submitted.

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  • Teacher Admission

    Preview the Museum before you visit.
    The Perot Museum extends free teacher admission to all currently employed teachers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Mexico. Teachers must present proof of current teaching status at the Museum Box Office for admission. Free teacher admission applies only to Perot Museum general exhibits, and is good for one (1) general exhibits admission ticket per day, per teacher. Offer does not apply to online ticket sales; teachers whose families
    have purchased online tickets will be accommodated provided that space allows. 

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  • Before Your Field Trip

    Payment

    Refer to your invoice packet for payment due dates, amount and mailing address. Your reservation may be canceled if your deposit/payment is not received by the due date.

    Changes/Cancellations

    All schedule and attendance changes must be made no later than two weeks before your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, you must contact the Reservations Department at reserve@perotmuseum.org at least two weeks before your scheduled visit in order for your payment to be applied to a new visit date.

    Special Needs

    Please let the Reservations Department know if you are bringing children with special needs. The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience can accommodate up to four wheelchairs and escorts per viewing. Special needs groups with chaperones over the 1:7 ratio will not be charged the additional chaperone rate for general exhibits. However, additional charges will be incurred for films and traveling exhibitions.

    Required Chaperones

    One adult chaperone 21 years or older is required for each seven (7) students. Please include teachers in your chaperone count.

    Memberships

    Free admission for Perot Museum members is not valid with group reservations.

    Extra Chaperones

    Teachers wishing to include extra chaperones over the 1:7 ratio in their group reservation should also include extra chaperone fees with their prepayment (due two weeks prior to visit date). All teachers/chaperones/extra chaperones are expected to supervise students.

    Additional extra chaperones may purchase tickets at the Box Office on field trip day and will receive the school group rate. Film tickets are based on availability. No additional discounts will be applied to this ticket.

    Group rates will NOT apply to online ticket purchases.

    *Due to space limitations, extra chaperones will not be able to attend classroom programs, lab programs or Portable Universe programs.

    Weapons Policy

    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a weapon-free facility. Commissioned law enforcement officers, including school resource officers, are permitted to bring duty weapons when visiting the Perot Museum. Off-duty commissioned law enforcement officers acting as chaperones may carry their duty firearms on Museum premises, provided they keep their firearms concealed at all times. No other persons are permitted to bring firearms or other weapons into the facility.

    Watch our Field Trip Video

    Prior to your visit for tips on bus parking, checking in, getting around, eating lunch and more, watch our Field Trip Tips video!

    Watch our Field Trip Tips Video

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  • On Field Trip Day

    Please refer to your receipt packet for more detailed information regarding your visit. Be sure to check out our field trip video at perotmuseum.org/schoolprograms.

    Bus Parking

    Student drop-off is determined by your group's schedule. Please refer to your receipt packet for bus parking details for your group. During the school year, bus parking is free. Single-car parking for chaperones is available under Woodall Rodgers Freeway on a first-come, first-served basis for a fee payable upon exit.

    Check-In

    • School check-in begins at 9:30am. Museum exhibit halls open at 10am.

    • Please be sure to bring your receipt packet and have an accurate count of students and teachers/chaperones present on trip day. Please be sure to include teachers in your count. Do not include extra chaperones or members who paid, or will be paying, separately.
    • Your lead teacher will take the Required Teacher Admission Sheet to the Box Office. A Museum representative and your teacher will sign for approval of numbers and exchange for stickers/admission passes.

    Program Times

    If you are scheduled for timed programs, please assemble at the program or theater check-in area at least 10 minutes before your program begins. There is no late seating, nor are refunds issued for missed shows or programs.

    Moody Family Children's Museum

    The Moody Family Children’s Museum, located on the Lower Level, is reserved for toddlers through age 5. Older students are not allowed in this area. Mondays from 10am-noon are reserved for members only. Field trips with early learning classes may prebook the Moody Family Children's Museum at the time of their reservation.

    Lunches

    Lunches should be stored on your bus and will not be stored in the Museum. Please plan to eat in the Plaza area, outside the main entrance. The Café area is reserved exclusively for our Café customers.

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  • Museum Rules

    Teachers: Please review the following rules with your students and chaperones.

    1. Students MUST stay with chaperones at all times. Chaperones MUST stay with students at all times.

    2. WALK, do not run, throughout the Museum.

    3. Travel the stairs single file and stay to the right. Please leave elevators for those who require them.

    4. Food is not allowed in the Museum. Leave lunches on your bus and enjoy your lunch on the outdoor Plaza.

    5.Always treat the Museum, exhibits, staff and other visitors with respect.

    Groups who violate these rules, or unruly or disruptive groups may be asked to leave and will be escorted from the premises by security. 

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Financial Aid

The Perot Museum offers financial assistance to qualifying schools for Museum field trips, educational programming, ScienceCast distance learning, outreach programs and Family Science Nights.

To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your field trip or program, please fill out the financial aid request form, after filling out a field trip or outreach program request.

Fill out the Financial Aid Form here