Perot Museum to host Amazing Animals: Built to Survive exhibition, Build It! Nature Makerspace, plus new films, late-afternoon weekday discounts, extended hours and more this summer!

Two nature-inspired summer exhibitions, captivating 3D films, Late Nights, Memorial Day weekend activities, family-fun Discovery Days, adults-only Social Science and more make the Perot Museum a stimulating summertime hangout for every age.


      Taylor McDonnell
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Two nature-inspired summer exhibitions, captivating 3D films, Late Nights, Memorial Day weekend activities, family-fun Discovery Days, adults-only Social Science and more
make the Perot Museum a stimulating summertime hangout for every age

DALLAS (May 14, 2015) –
Summer may be heating up, but the Perot Museum of Nature and Science always offers cool relief with two new exhibitions that include amazing animals and a DIY makerspace, an exhilarating 3D film line-up, First Thursday Late Nights, second-Saturday Discovery Days, adults-only Social Sciences, military/first responders and late-afternoon discounts, and more for a surplus of summer fun perfect for all ages.

Amazing Animals: Built to Survive will entice visitors to uncover the marvels of natural engineering inside every living thing. Jaws that can crush over 8,000 pounds in one bite, ears that act as air conditioners, a punch faster than a speeding bullet and legs that can leap the human equivalent of a football field in a single bound await in this interactive experience. Opening to the public June 13, the bilingual traveling exhibition will show how every living thing – including humans – is a machine built to survive, move and discover.

Plus, the DIY makerspace, Build It! Nature, opening to the public June 19, encourages families to tinker, create and uncover their inner engineer by exploring a series of engaging stations inspired by the plants and animals around us. 

During Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25), Museumgoers can enjoy daily activities at select times including science demos; experiments dealing with DNA, liquid nitrogen, circuits and more; bookworm reading times; science trivia; and other free-with-admission fun at stations throughout the Museum. In addition, the Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. May 22 - 25.

Extended hours will be available May 26 - Sept. 4, with the Museum open until 6 p.m. daily (additional holiday extended hours highlighted below), giving visitors an extra hour of discovery. As always, Museum members can enjoy exclusive early-access hours every Saturday from 8:30-10 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-noon, as well as member-only access to the Moody Family Children’s Museum on Mondays 10 a.m.-noon. 

And those with limited time to explore will love this summer late-afternoon special (from May 26 - Sept. 4) – $10 Museum general admission from 4-6 p.m. Monday - Friday, including the Museum’s First Thursday Late Nights until 9 p.m.

For the scoop on all things summer at the Perot Museum, see the highlights below:

AMAZING ANIMALS: BUILT TO SURVIVE TRAVELING EXHIBITION (June 13 - Sept. 7, 2015). Imagine shrimp that can break through glass, spider webs that are stronger than steel and sharks that use their snouts to sense the electrical impulses of their prey. From the inside out, every living thing – including humans – is a machine built to survive, move and discover. Explore how plants and animals stay in one piece despite the crushing forces of gravity, the pressure of water and wind, and the attacks of predators. Using surprising tactics, creatures endure the planet’s extreme temperatures, find food against fierce competition, and – without metal, motors or electricity – circulate their own life-sustaining fluids. Feel how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up to its head. Try to “fly” and study the many different ways creatures jump, gallop, slither and swim. And see technological breakthroughs – like Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws – that were inspired by nature’s ingenuity. Member preview days are June 11 - 12 with the public opening on June 13. This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with generous support provided by The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and ITW. Presented by Highland Capital Management and supported by Texas Instruments, Amazing Animals: Built to Survive requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices below.

BUILD IT! NATURE TEMPORARY EXHIBITION (June 19 - Aug.16, 2015). This summer’s temporary exhibition, Build It! Nature, presented by Neiman Marcus, gives families a chance to engineer and design their way through a variety of nature-inspired creative stations. Participants can “catch the wind” and test the aerodynamics of various wing shapes, construct small sculptures to be displayed in an ever-changing honeycomb, design an animal-themed car to compete against others on a 30-foot racetrack, test the strength of their own creations in an imagination playground and become their favorite animal through artistic mask creation. Projects are available on a first-come, first-served basis and designed with guests age 7 and older in mind. Member preview day is June 18 with public opening on June 19. The exhibition will be on display in the auditorium on the Museum’s Lower Level. Build It! Nature requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices below.

3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE. Slip on your 3D glasses and get ready for deep sea discoveries, dinosaurs, meerkats and more. To view trailers and film schedule, go to Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools. Ticket prices below.

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (through Sept. 7, 2015). On March 26, 2012, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron (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 team utilized revolutionary engineering and cutting-edge technology in developing 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, the film runs approximately 40 minutes.

Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D (opens May 22, 2015). On a thrilling ride, audiences will spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska in the Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago – the last great flourish of the dinosaur era. BBC Earth presents a journey through the seasons, experiencing a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing and hunting. Dino-stars of the film include two discoveries by Perot Museum scientists - Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this film runs approximately 20 minutes and will amaze and delight audiences of all ages.

Meerkats 3D (May 22 - Sept. 7, 2015). Filmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary – not to mention adorable – family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Her daunting task is to both protect her offspring and produce more pups to ensure the family’s survival for generations to come. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups and their lives as they also contend with the desolate environment that is their home. The film runs approximately 20 minutes.

And extended by popular demand!

Living in the Age of Airplanes (through Sept. 7, 2015; presented in 4K Digital). Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), Living in the Age of Airplanes is narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford and features an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner of Avatar and Titanic fame. The 4K film was shot on all seven continents in 95 locations around the globe, from remote places like the South Pole and the Maldives to historically significant sites of ancient civilizations. The narrative weaves together the profound ways that aviation has transformed our lives, connecting countries and cultures while expanding horizons and minds. Presented by National Geographic, the film runs 47 minutes.

(June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, until 9 p.m.). On the first Thursday of each month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9 p.m. giving Museumgoers a chance to explore the Perot Museum after hours. First Thursday Late Nights will feature special programming where 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. Each month will feature exclusive member-only experiences. Summer dates and themes are June 4 (Creepy Crawlers), July 2 (Biomimicry), Aug. 6 (Out of this World) and Sept. 3 (Botanicals). First Thursday Late Nights are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.


DISCOVERY DAYS (June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). All ages can enjoy interactive family fun while exploring scientific themes on the second Saturday of every month at Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds. This summer, guests can uncover the science of communication, compete in sports challenges and discover the engineering behind how organisms and machines move. Dates and themes include June 13 (Communication), July 11 (Active) sponsored by Tenet Healthcare and Aug. 8 (Transportation). Discovery Days are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.

(June 19 and Aug. 7, 7-11 p.m.). What better way to spend a hot summer night than within the cool confines of the Perot Museum? Adults 21 and up will have two chances to experience the Museum after-hours this summer at Social Science on June 19 and Aug. 7. The popular nighttime affair (which sells out fast) features four hours of adults-only fun complete with cocktails, performances, music and an eclectic mix of innovative experiments, current research, engaging discussions and unique inventions. The June 19 installment, themed Naturally, invites visitors to witness the wonders of nature and marvels of science amidst a fun group of scientists, engineers, artists and other creative-types during an evening of amazing feats, strength challenges, talent competitions, cocktails, delicious bites and more. The Aug. 7 event, themed Time, will be an exercise in “time travel” as guests – invited to dress in the apparel of their favorite era – explore the idea of nostalgia, revisit past decades with guest speakers and participate in a time-lapse video. Tickets are $13 for members and $18 for non-members. Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting and supported by Tequila Herradura and Old Forester. Please drink responsibly.


FREE GENERAL ADMISSION FOR MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS THIS SUMMER, PLUS REDUCED ADMISSION FOR QUALIFIED GUESTS AND SPECIAL LATE-AFTERNOON DISCOUNTS FOR EVERYONE! 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 Responders and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members) Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 22 - Sept. 7, 2015).

In addition, everyone can take advantage of $10 Museum general admission from 4-6 p.m. Monday - Friday (from May 26 - Sept. 4), including First Thursday Late Nights (June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, – when the Museum stays open until 9 p.m.)!


To expand accessibility for families this summer, the Perot Museum is introducing the Community Partners Ticket Offer providing $1 general admission for individuals and families enrolled in qualified state and federally supported assistance programs. The offer is valid for up to seven immediate family members Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 22 - Sept. 7, 2015). Find details at


ANNOUNCING CITYPASS DALLAS! The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the headline venue for the new Dallas CityPASS, a booklet of admission tickets to four must-see tourist attractions in Dallas. A Dallas CityPASS provides Museum general admission and a 3D film plus admission to three other popular Dallas attractions. A CityPASS adult ticket is $44 (a $74.32 value) and a CityPASS child ticket is $30 (a $50.66 value). This translates to a 41% savings on premium admission prices to enjoy the best of what Dallas has to offer! Find the link to purchase online at or at the Museum Box Office.


EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS. From May 26 - Sept. 4, 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 the month, the Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. for its public Late Night events. On Memorial Day weekend, the Museum will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23; noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 24; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, May 25. On Labor Day weekend, the Museum will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5; and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. 

Member-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 member-only access to the Moody Family Children’s Museum from 10 a.m.-noon every Monday (except for Memorial Day on May 25 and Labor Day on Sept. 7 when there is special early member access from 8:30-10 a.m.). Please check for other special member-only hours, holiday hours, extended hours and unexpected closings.

Museum general admission ticket prices are $17 for adults (18-64), $11 for youth (2-17), $12 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Museum general admission is always free for members. Admission to the theater is $6 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.

Amazing Animals: Built to Survive requires a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission for non-members for a total admission cost of $24 for adults (18-64), $17 for youth (2-17), and $18 for seniors (65+). Member tickets are $5 for adults (18-64) and $4 for youth (2-17) and seniors (65+). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.

Build It! Nature requires a surcharge along with Museum general admission of $5 for non-members of all ages.  Museum members of all ages pay a surcharge of $3. 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 and $3 for Museum members.

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

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