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Newsroom: 2016

Eye of the Collector Contest

It’s time to cast a vote to select the final collector for the Perot Museum’s first full-scale, self-curated exhibition, Eye of the Collector.After entries poured in over the last month, an impressive group of judges stepped in to narrow the contestant pool down to 15 finalists – five collectors from each of the three categories of “Best Youth” (17 and under), “Most Unique” and “Most Visually Stunning.” Their collections range from vintage Texas and pop-culture curiosities, to connections with the past and simple objects gathered over family vacations. Now through March 25, it’s up to the public to decide the People’s Choice winner, whose collection will be featured in the much-anticipated Eye of the Collector exhibition, which runs April 16 - Sept. 5, 2016. In addition, the three finalists’ collections (one from each category) will be displayed. To view and vote, go to perotmuseum.org/vote.

Holidays at the Perot Museum

Football-sized gems, show-stopping birds, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, acorn dissecting, dancing corn and “blubber” gloves are among the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s festive lineup of holiday happenings. At the pinnacle is the groundbreaking Birds of Paradise exhibition, where the adventures and stories behind the first survey of all 39 birds-of-paradise are documented and brilliantly displayed. Also adding sparkle to the season are 29 magnificent gems, never before seen together, in Giant Gems of the SmithsonianOther holiday happenings include extreme 3D films, a “winter wonderland” sleepover, free cocoa with any dessert purchase in the Café (Dec. 1-31), Discovery Camps, special activities and family programming, plus extended hours during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks (at select times). Visit perotmuseum.org/holiday for additional details.

2017 National Geographic Speaker Series

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has announced the lineup for its 2017 National Geographic Live! Speaker Series. The series kicks off Jan. 5, in conjunction with the Museum’s First Thursday Late Night, with record-breaking mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill, the first female to climb the world’s first- and fourth-tallest mountains in under 24 hours. The three-part series also will feature National Geographic Fellow and aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan, host of Nat Geo’s Monster Fish TV show. Then Mireya Mayor will discuss her surprising transition from NFL cheerleader to National Geographic Emerging Explorer and wildlife expert. All three lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic ExperienceSeason and individual tickets are on sale now at perotmuseum.org.

Birds of Paradise

Found only in the rainforests of New Guinea, the stunning birds-of-paradise are among nature’s most beautifully bizarre flying creatures. Making its only Texas stop at the Perot Museum, Birds of Paradise, developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for the first time. The exhibition will take visitors on an exotic journey throughout a virtual rainforest in New Guinea to witness the spectacular plumage, shape-shifting and dazzling dance moves of these sassy and bodacious birds. A science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one, Birds of Paradise follows the adventures of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes – who made 18 trips to New Guinea over eight years. The exhibition, born out of the duo’s important scientific achievement, highlights their groundbreaking research with new information about each of the 39 birds-of-paradise species, all photographed for the first time in history. Interactive stations such as “Dance, Dance Evolution” will let visitors groove along with the birds to learn their signature moves. Presented by Highland Capital Management, Birds of Paradise is featured at the Perot Museum from Oct. 8, 2016- Jan. 8, 2017 (with member preview Oct. 7).

Giant Gems of the Smithsonian

Never before seen together, nearly 30 enormous and spectacular gems from the Smithsonian’s world-renowned National Gem Collection will be on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on Level 3 of the Perot Museum. The mineral masterpieces, many weighing over 1,000-plus carats, include an “American Golden” topaz that tips the scales at almost 23,000 carats (more than 10 pounds), a blue topaz “football” of nearly 7,000 carats, kunzite Tiffany necklace, a Mogul emerald diamond necklace and more. This temporary installation will mark the first time such a large collection of Smithsonian gems, some of which have never been displayed in any museum, will be on exhibit outside the famed Washington museum complex. Giant Gems of the Smithsonian is free with Museum general admission and on display Sept. 9, 2016-Jan. 17, 2017.

In the Field: Alaska

For 20 years, Perot Museum vice president of research and collections and chief curator Dr. Tony Fiorillo has escaped the Texas summer heat to head for Alaska where he’s made local and global headlines for his paleontological discoveries. He, along with Dr. Ron Tykoski who did the intricate fossil preparatory work, discovered two new dinosaur species in the last 10 years – one of which, the Nanuqsaurus hoglundiwas listed as one of the top 100 stories of 2014 by Discover Magazine. August 2016 marked the 10thanniversary of the duo’s other new species discovery, Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum. Dr. Fiorillo made two treks for In the Field: Alaska 2016; a 10-day trip to Aniakchak National Monument in southwestern Alaska and a two-week expedition to northwest Alaska near the Brooks Range.

Perot Museum Announces Blockbuster Lineup For 2016-2017 Season

Breathtaking birds with wonderfully weird dances, stunning Maya artifacts, supersized gems and extraordinary explorers. Heart-pounding and wondrous 3D missions through space, the skies, Africa and more. These are just a sampling of highlights as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils its line-up for the 2016-2017 season.

Perot Museum Scientists Offer New Perspective on Crowd-Favorite Texas Sauropod, Alamosaurus

A discovery nearly two decades ago by Perot Museum paleontologists at Big Bend National Park sheds new light on a 66 million-year-old dinosaur native to Texas and the North American southwest called Alamosaurus sanjuanensis.Research about the nine beautifully articulated vertebrae of Alamosaurus in a new scientific paper by Ronald Tykoski, Ph.D. and Anthony Fiorillo, Ph.D. of the Perot Museum, detail a new perspective on the relationships of North America's last giant sauropod.

Summer 2016 at the Perot Museum

This summer, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will brim with discovery, delights and discounts! Highlights include Eye of the Collector, the Museum’s first fully self-curated exhibition; new 3D films including the Robert Redford-narrated National Parks Adventure 3D and Flying Monsters; extended hours daily May 27-Sept. 5; military and Community Partners discounts; First Thursday Late Nights; second-Saturday Discovery Days; the adults-only Social Science; holiday weekend activities; and more.

Eye of the Collector Exhibition

Where else can one find PEZ dispensers, Dallas Cowboys memorabilia, Star Wars mementos, Ballet Folklórico costumes, African-American dolls, wearable works of art and fascinating relics from Nancy and Randy Best all in one place? The Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition called Eye of the Collector – offering everything from historical and valuable items to quirky, crafty and pop-culture pieces – from April 16 - Sept. 5, 2016 (member preview days on April 14-15). Presented by Highland Capital Management, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the reasons why people and museums collect – ranging from curiosity, connection and the thrill of the hunt, to nostalgia and creating a legacy.

Perot Museum Fossil is New Species

A 90-million-year-old fossil fish, which has been on display at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, turns out to be a new species. Research conducted by Kenshu Shimada, Ph.D., professor at DePaul University in Chicago and research associate of the Sternberg Museum in Kansas, reveals the 5.5-foot-long fossil fish to possess a tuna-like body with a unique 'hook-shaped sail' on its back. The fish has been given a new species name, Pentanogmius fritschi, in honor of Joseph Fritsch, a local amateur collector who discovered the fossil, dug it up with the help of another avid fossil collector, Kris Howe, and donated it to the Perot Museum.

Eye of the Collector

In advance of its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition, the Perot Museum is challenging collectors to submit their possessions for a chance to become the “People’s Choice” and earn a spot as the final collector in the Eye of the Collector exhibition. Eye of the Collector, which will open April 16, will bring together the amazing personal collections of very different people – from the exquisite to the quirky, from historical artifacts to pop culture.  The deadline to submit collections for the Eye of the Collector contest is February 21.

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