Spring at the Perot Museum brings “amaze-your-brain” fun with new activities, including new traveling exhibition The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, 3D films, extended hours and more
DALLAS (Jan. 20, 2015) – Calling it the next generation of “amaze-your-brain” fun, the spring line-up for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is in full bloom with a jam-packed array for everyone from tots and teens to grown-ups. The must-see stop of the season will be the Museum’s next traveling exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, where literature’s most famous sleuth inspires visitors to become detectives, using hands-on forensic techniques and tools to solve a baffling crime. Opening Feb. 14, the bilingual exhibition calls upon guests to assist Sherlock Holmes in following a trail of clues and recording the evidence using the detective’s influential investigative techniques that originated more than a century ago and are still used today.
As winter wraps up and spring takes over, visitors can enjoy a bevy of brain-ilicious diversion including Engineers Week (Feb. 23-27); the ever-popular Spring Break Discovery Camps (March 9-13); 3D films DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (opening March 6), Tornado Alley 3D, Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland, and Robots 3D; two adults-only Social Science events; special free-with-admission activities like the family-favorite second Saturday Discovery Days or extended hours First Thursday Late Nights and more. And during Spring Break week from March 7-15, museumgoers can take advantage of extended hours and special programs to ensure time to see it all.
This spring’s headliner is The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes:
- The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (Feb. 14 – May 10, 2015) delves into the world of one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in literature and popular culture. In this hands-on exhibition, visitors will learn first-hand how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of literature’s most mysterious crimes. The fictional detective’s practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, revolutionized forensic science and remain relevant in modern-day crime investigations. Guests will be transported into Victorian London to collect clues and solve a crime using the same interactive methods and investigative tools employed by Holmes more than a century ago. The bilingual exhibition also includes a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, and film and television props and costumes. Admission to The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices below.
A great way to take a break, visitors can choose from an enthralling set of 3D films, presented locally by Primrose Schools, in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience, a 297-seat state-of-the-art theater that boasts the most sophisticated digital projection available today and an immersive surround-sound system. To view all film trailers visit http://perotmuseum.org/theater:
- Tornado Alley 3D (now through May 21, 2015). Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX2 for the most ambitious film ever made to tackle the origins and evolution of tornadoes in this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley 3D take audiences on an exhilarating quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point-blank range. Narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), the film runs approximately 20 minutes.
- WORLD PREMIERE! Robots 3D (now through March 22, 2015). Come watch as eerily human-like robots fill the big screen as the Perot Museum hosts the world premiere of Robots 3D. And what does it take to make a “humanoid” robot? That’s the challenge for scientists creating robots that can do almost anything people can do, but without the benefits of a human brain! Fascinating and fun, the 40-minute National Geographic film shows the latest developments – the successes and failures – from robotic labs around the world and proves it’s not easy being (or creating) a humanoid! Robots 3D is presented nationally by Lockheed Martin.
- Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland (now through May 21, 2015) vividly documents an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters. Part adventure, part scientific expedition and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey to the famed Galapagos Islands. An amazing immersive cinematic experience, the film delves deep into the largely unknown water surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory. The approximately 20-minute film is narrated by Jeff Corwin, wildlife conservationist and Emmy Award-winning TV host. The film is written by Sir David Attenborough and produced by Anthony Geffen.
- DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (March 6 – Sept. 7, 2015). On March 26, 2012, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron (and director of Titanic) succeeded in tackling his biggest challenge ever – a solo journey to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean. Challenger Deep is 6.83 miles down and is found at the southern end of the Mariana Trench near Guam. Years in the making, this feat has been compared to landing on the moon. In order to make this journey, Cameron and his engineering team utilized revolutionary engineering and cutting-edge technology. They developed a new single-seat submersible that Cameron himself piloted to the depth of Challenger Deep. Named DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the sub is 26 feet long and unlike anything ever built. Cameron’s team describes it as sharing qualities of both a race car and a torpedo. Presented by National Geographic, this film runs approximately 40 minutes.
Beyond the collections and exhibit halls, films and traveling shows, the Perot Museum strives to make every visit fresh and exciting with a collection of programs for everyone from grownups down to the youngest explorers:
- Social Science (Jan. 23 and April 17 from 7-11 p.m.) – Grab a date, get the girls together and leave the kiddos with a sitter, and explore the Perot Museum in an adults-only atmosphere. Sip a cocktail, catch a performance and engage in a quirky mix of innovative experiments, current research, engaging discussions and unique inventions. Dates and themes are Jan. 23 (Mixology, SOLD OUT) and April 17 (Mysterious). Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting. Must be 21 with a valid ID. Tickets are $13 for members and $18 for non-members.
- Sleepovers (Jan. 30, March 27, April 24, May 8 - for girls only - and May 29) – Doze with the dinosaurs and dream big at the uber-popular “night at the Museum” sleepovers. Go behind the scenes at the Perot Museum with after-hours access to intriguing exhibits, exclusive demonstrations and hands-on discovery – with a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience! Designed especially for children ages 6-12. Cost is $45 per child and $30 per adult chaperone.
- First Thursday Late Night (Feb. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7 from 7-9 p.m.) – On the first Thursday of each month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9 p.m. with themed activities. Try out the latest new technology gizmos, participate in a fun social experiment, discover groundbreaking research, experience dynamic performances or even make your own creation. Come early and stay late! Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 5 (Pandemics), March 5 (Clue), April 2 (Forensics) and May 7 (Myth). Fun for all ages and free with general admission.
- (Feb. 14 at Parish Episcopal School and Community Center) – The public is invited to witness this high-energy event that culminates the FLL season. The FLL competition pits the top-scoring teams of young “engineers-in-training” against each other on a robotic obstacle course where the groups match wits with a coordinating research presentation. Teams build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to score points in 2.5-minute “mission” matches. Teams showcase their science and technology skills as well as their ability to work as a team, address real-world problems and propose innovative solutions. Admission is free. FIRST Lego® League is presented by Lockheed Martin.
- Birthdays. Give your child a birthday slice of discovery with a party at the Perot Museum available for children ages 1-12 and for groups up to 40 on Saturdays (from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sundays (from noon-5 p.m.). Choose from a variety of themed parties specially designed for your child’s age. Dates fill up quickly, so book early!
- Discovery Days (Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) – The family-fun Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, takes science up a notch with interactive family fun while exploring scientific themes the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with exclusive activities during member-only hours. Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 14 (Inventions), March 14 (Junior Detectives), April 11 (Earth) and May 9 (Junior Paleontologists). Free with admission.
- Countries, Cultures and Kids (Feb. 15 and March 21 from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Lower Level Auditorium) – Cultural holidays celebrated around the world provide wonderful opportunities to help young children ages 2-6 (siblings welcome) to embrace and value the things that make each person unique. Join us each month to hear a story or meet a special guest and create a craft to explore a world of people and places. Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 15 (Celebrate Chinese New Year) and March 21 (Animals Around the World). Free with admission. Countries, Cultures and Kids is sponsored by Primrose Schools.
- Engineers Week (Feb. 23-28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Build, break, create! Students, educators and families alike are invited to explore the field of engineering first-hand through interactive demonstrations, experiments and gallery experiences with professional engineers, educators and a special appearance by a NASA astronaut. Engineer’s Week is presented by Raytheon and supported by Lockheed Martin, IBM and Cisco. Fun for all ages and free with admission.
- Discovery Camp and Discovery Camp, Jr. (March 9-13) – During Spring Break, kids in grades K-6 can practice their detective skills with problem-solving activities at week-long, full-day Discovery Camp: Super Sleuth Science, plus little ones ages 3-4 can partake in week-long, half-day Discovery Camp, Jr.: Texas Tails, Tales and Trails. Kids will engage in interactive experiences focused on investigation and exploration with hands-on science experiments and creative projects led by expert camp instructors. Perot Museum member sign up now underway, non-members sign up begins Jan. 31.
- Story Time Under the Stars (Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2 p.m. in the Forum, Lower Level) – Although the city lights can wash the brilliance of the night sky, children ages 4-6 and their adult companions can experience children’s literature and a brief tutorial on the moon, stars and constellations, all under a shining starry sky in the Perot Museum’s popular Portable Universe planetarium, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Free with admission, but space limited to 12 children and 12 adults per program. (Reservations required; sign up online, or walk-ups accepted as space allows). Story Time Under the Stars is sponsored by Primrose Schools.
TICKET PRICES. Museum general admission ticket prices are $17 for adults (18-64), $12 for seniors (65+), $11 for youth (2-17), 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, seniors and youth. For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). All children under 2 are free.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge along with purchase of general exhibits admission for a total admission cost of $29 for adults (18-6), $23 for seniors (65+) and $21 for youth (2-17). Member tickets are $8 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (2-17). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.
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).
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
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About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. A top destination for North Texans and tourists alike, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a 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 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through breathtaking collections, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays that expose visitors to a hands-on world of ideas and concepts. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.