Plastiki, Eco-Friendly Fun, Extended Hours and More In Store at Perot Museum of Nature and Science This Summer

From eco-friendly exhibits to 3D films to exciting events and an array of programs, visitors will have reasons galore for coming back time and time again this summer...

From Recycle Reef exhibit and Plastiki bottle boat, to 3D films, family-fun Discovery Days, and exciting programs for children and adults, the Perot Museum has plenty in store for all ages this summer


DALLAS (June 5, 2013) – This summer, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has plenty in store for stir-crazy kids and fun-seekers of all ages. From eco-friendly exhibits to 3D films to exciting events and an array of programs, visitors will have reasons galore for coming back time and time again this summer. From now through Aug. 25, the Perot Museum will stay open until 6 p.m. giving visitors an extra hour to explore and discover. Plus, members can continue to enjoy exclusive early-access hours every Saturday from 8:30-10 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at to avoid sell-outs and waiting in line.

This summer the Perot Museum will welcome Recycle Reef, a temporary exhibit that will allow visitors to participate in building an underwater-themed exhibit using recyclable materials, and Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran made of 12,500 recycled bottles and other recyclable materials.

As a kick off to summer, the Perot Museum also has scheduled a media-only open house/media preview day on Thursday, June 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to commemorate the Museum being open six months since its December 1 debut and to unveil the Recycle Reef exhibit and the Plastiki installation. On June 13, media will have an opportunity to preview the Recycle Reef exhibit on display in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall on the Lower Level, hear from Perot Museum educators and senior staff, and view Plastiki, which will be installed on the Perot Museum’s outdoor plaza. Media may also visit (or re-visit) the exhibit halls, experience the Café, see a film and pop into the Museum Shop. A detailed media advisory will be sent later this week.

In addition, tots, kids, teens and adults can enjoy a line-up of programs and events, from Discovery Days for families, and Lab Remix for teens and adults. Plus visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy the adult-only and oh-so-popular Social Science. Other highlights include 3D films in The Hoglund Foundation Theater including Wildest Weather in the Solar System and the new-for-summer Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE.

“Whether this is your first visit or your 10th visit to the Perot Museum, this summer will offer plenty that’s new and exciting,” said Nicole G. Small, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “Ultimately, it is our hope that visitors will have a different experience every time they visit and want to come back again and again.”

ABOUT RECYCLE REEF. Recycle Reef, the Perot Museum’s temporary summer exhibit, presented by Gold Metal Recyclers and supported by VHA, will allow visitors to actually participate in building an exhibit from the ground up. And by using recyclable materials, Recycle Reef will bring “being green” to a whole new level. Participants will learn about the importance and impact of recycling while creating their own recyclable masterpieces.

Visitors of all ages begin their experience in the “making area” where they can build and transform recyclable materials into creative works of art – from fish and sea plants to manta rays and octopi. Once built, visitors can opt to take their creations home or leave them at the Museum to become a part of the exhibit’s “recycled reef.” Dynamic and ever-changing, Recycle Reef will continue to develop with each newly contributed sculpture. And, in the spirit of being green, the entire exhibit will be recycled after the exhibit closes at the end of the summer.

Recycle Reef will open exclusively to Museum members June 14-16 and opens to the public June 17. The exhibit will be on interactive display through August 25 in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall on the Lower Level of the Museum. Recycle Reef is free to members and requires a $2/person surcharge in addition to general exhibit admission for non-members.

ABOUT PLASTIKI. Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran made of 12,500 2.5-liter plastic bottles and other biodegradable products, will make a summertime stop at the Perot Museum from June 9 - September 9.

Created by David de Rothschild, Plastiki made international headlines in 2010 when it sailed 8,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney. The team’s ultimate mission was to draw attention to the 73.9 million pounds of plastic waste that has been dumped into oceans, while inspiring people to pledge to reduce their plastic footprint. Plastiki will be on display in the outdoor plaza. Viewing is free to all.

ABOUT THE 3D FILMS. Waking the T. rex 3D: The Story of SUE is a step back to the Cretaceous period - revealing SUE, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found - like you've never known her before. Witness how present-day paleontologists hunt for dinosaurs, how SUE was discovered in the badlands of South Dakota in 1990, and how her skeleton was excavated and reassembled. This film is recommended for guests 4 years and older. Some scenes may be graphic for younger viewers. Viewer discretion advised. Tickets are required. Film is approximately 23 minutes.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D lets film goers witness the most powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in our solar system – from a relentless hurricane that’s raged on Jupiter for more than 400 years, to the electrical storms of Saturn’s “Storm Alley,” where lightning strikes are 100 times more powerful than those on Earth. Travel alongside a fictitious planetary spacecraft whose journey begins at the sun and continues to the outer reaches of our solar system. Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D closes August 25. Tickets are required. Film is approximately 25 minutes.

ABOUT SUMMER PROGRAMS. The family-fun Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds, takes second-Saturday science into full blast this summer. Guests can enjoy interactive family fun while exploring seriously scientific themes the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Themes for the summer Discovery Days are influenced by the summer temporary exhibit, Recycle Reef, and include 3-2-1 Blastoff! Discover the Expanding Universe (June 8), Let's Rock! Discover Stones, Gems and Minerals (July 13) and Aerial Views: Discover Life in the Air (August 10). Discovery Days are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.

First Thursday Late Nights from 6-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month are a great time to explore the Perot Museum after normal hours. Late Nights feature Lab Remix, a special program for adults and teens, from 7-9 p.m. June 6 and Aug. 1. (No Late Night or Lab Remix will be held on July 4.) First Thursday Late Nights and Lab Remix are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.

For adults 21 and older, the summer Social Science installment “Relationships” offers an after-hours, adults-only evening of fun with an exciting exploration into scientific relationships (June 21 from 7-11 p.m.). Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. (The June 21 edition of Social Science is nearly sold out.)

HOURS, ADMISSION AND GENERAL INFORMATION. During the summer, the Perot Museum will be open daily until 6 p.m. to offer visitors an additional hour of discovery - May 28 - Aug. 25, 2013, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

EVEN MORE HOURS TO VISIT. On the first Thursday of June and August (June 6 and Aug. 1), the Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. for its public Late Night events. On Labor Day weekend, the Museum will be open Friday, Aug. 30 - Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Regular hours resume Sunday, Sept. 1, from noon-5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Member-only extended 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, plus special early access from 8:30-10 a.m. on Labor Day (Sept. 2). In addition, there are Member-only Late Nights June 14 - 15, July 17 and Aug. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Please check for other special member-only hours, holiday hours, 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). For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free. During the summer, admission to the theater is $5 for both members and non-members. Admission to Recycle Reef is free for members or requires a general exhibit admission ticket plus a $2 surcharge per person for non-members.

Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at 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 $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

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit 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

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