Forecasters predict a flurry of holiday fun at the Perot Museum with bioluminescent exhibition, “Ellie May” mammoth debut, 3D thrillers, family-fun days, special activities and more
DALLAS (Nov. 17, 2015) – Forecasters predict the holidays to be a flurry of fun at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with the extraordinary Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence exhibition taking center stage, plus brilliant 3D films, family fun Discovery Days, a Late Night featuring renowned Jerusalem 3D filmmaker Daniel Ferguson, a “New Year’s” sleepover, an array of gifts for all ages, extended hours, special activities throughout the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and more.
It’s also an exciting season as “Ellie May,” the nearly intact and pristine Columbian mammoth discovered in an Ellis County gravel pit in May 2014, makes her much-anticipated debut at the Perot Museum on Level 3. To celebrate her homecoming, Meet Your Mammoth Day on Saturday, Nov. 21, will feature mammoth-themed activities and demos, bookworm readings, science trivia, and Q&A with Perot Museum paleontologist Dr. Ron Tykoski.
“This is a wonderful time to bring your family and friends to the museum for dazzling holiday fun,” noted Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott CEO. “Come marvel at our new traveling exhibition, Creatures of Light, and meet our newest family member, ‘Ellie May,’ a Columbian mammoth who was discovered last year outside of Italy, Texas. We’re also thrilled to offer four new National Geographic films, including one that spotlights one of the world’s most intriguing cities, Jerusalem.”
For a roadmap to navigate through the array of Perot Museum’s holiday happenings, visitors are encouraged to start from the bottom and move their way to the top. On the Lower Level, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence offers a captivating journey through the world of “living light” to explore larger-than-life replicas of glowing mushrooms, vampire squid, flickering fireflies, fluorescent corals and even live flashlight fish. Up on Level 1, film lovers and science enthusiasts can snag a seat in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience for an exciting look at dinosaurs, wild weather and some of the world’s most intriguing places. Next door in the Café, guests can enjoy delectable dishes prepared by Wolfgang Puck. And in celebration of the Perot Museum’s 3rd birthday, anyone who purchases a dessert from Dec. 1-31 will receive a free hot cocoa.
From there, the glass-enclosed escalator makes for a fun trip to the top where a skull cast of the newly discovered Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, a pint-sized cousin of the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, is on display amid other impressive towering dinosaurs in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall on Level 4. And in the Expanding Universe Hall, a new “hands on” interactive game about the asteroid belt, developed by University of Texas at Dallas students, will debut in December. On Level 3, a brilliant crystallized gold collection made its sparkly debut in October in the Lyda Hill Gems and Mineral Hall. And on Level 2, the Early Man section has been refreshed in the Being Human Hall.
Jam-packed with activities galore, it’s all the more reason to become a member – or give the gift of membership – with perks including free general admission, exclusive hours and activities, plus discounts on traveling exhibitions, parking, and Museum Shop and Café purchases, to name a few.
As always, the Museum will offer extended hours at select times beginning Thanksgiving weekend through Jan. 2, 2016 (details below). Visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid waiting in line.
Highland Capital Management is a 2015-2016 Premier Partner of the Perot Museum. For all the holiday highlights, see below:
- CREATURES OF LIGHT: NATURE’S BIOLUMINESCENCE (through Feb. 21, 2016), presented locally by Highland Capital Management, explores Earth’s extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards around the world to the glowing deep-sea fish and other fantastic creatures that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Guests will move through a series of re-created environments to explore bioluminescence – extraordinary organisms that generate light through a chemical reaction. Rare among organisms that live on land, the ability to glow is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 2,000 feet are bioluminescent and where scientists continue to discover bizarre new light-emitting species. Like the crystal jelly, whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these deep-ocean animals may hold important clues to essential questions. Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, and The Field Museum, Chicago. Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Ticket prices below.
- 3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE. Wacky weather, dinosaurs and one of the world’s most intriguing cities dominate the big screen this holiday season. To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org. Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools. Ticket prices below.
- Jerusalem 3D (through Jan. 3, 2016). Internationally praised by reviewers and crowds alike, Jerusalem 3D takes viewers on a fascinating tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem remains a mysterious crossroads of religion and civilization. To discover the truth behind the mysteries, the film takes audiences on a journey following three young Jerusalemites and their families, as well as noted archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness. Through their eyes, filmgoers will learn what it means to call Jerusalem home and experience celebrations and events that mark the high points of a year in the life of the city. This awe-inspiring film provides a completely unique perspective of a part of the world that captivates the imagination of billions of people. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and presented by National Geographic, this film runs approximately 40 minutes.
- Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D (through Jan. 3, 2016). Take off on a prehistoric adventure with dinosaurs from over 70 million years ago. A playful Pachyrhinosaurus embarks on the biggest journey of his life as he tries to find his place in a spectacular world filled with fun-loving friends and a few encounters with dangerous foes. Presented by BBC Earth and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this film lets audiences see and feel what it was like when astonishing dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The film, which runs approximately 20 minutes, features two dinosaurs discovered by Perot Museum paleontologists – Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus.
- Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D (through Jan. 3, 2016). Join National Geographic on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. Experience a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, a 400-year-old hurricane and a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets! Audiences will fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter. Packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science, the film is sure to be an extraordinary experience for all. The film runs approximately 20 minutes.
- Wonders of the Arctic 3D (through Jan. 14, 2016). The Arctic has always been a place of mystery, myth and fascination. Wonders of the Arctic 3D centers on the ongoing mission to explore the Arctic and the compelling stories of the many ventures into this captivating place. The film explores the state of the Arctic today by visiting the polar bear capital of the world, interacting with ice scientists and joining a beluga biologist expedition. Underlying all these tales is the crucial role that ice plays in the northern environment and the changes that are quickly overtaking the people and animals that have adapted to this land of ice and snow. Narrated by actor Victor Garber and presented by Giant Screen Films, this film runs approximately 20 minutes.
Debut and Programs
From Meet Your Mammoth Day to Discovery Days, a festive Late Night featuring Jerusalem 3D filmmaker Daniel Ferguson and a New Year’s sleepover, the Perot Museum’s holiday programs are sure to shine big and bright.
- “ELLIE MAY” COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. The Museum’s newest baby, “Ellie May,” is not really a baby. In fact, she’s anywhere from 20,000-60,000 years old and was likely 8-9 feet tall at the shoulder. A nearly intact and incredibly pristine Mammuthus columbi (Columbian mammoth) specimen, “Ellie May” was discovered in an Ellis County gravel pit in May 2014 and generously donated to the Perot Museum. After months of excavation, prepping and polishing, she’s made her much-anticipated homecoming and will be happily hailed at Meet Your Mammoth Day on Saturday, Nov. 21. Highlights will include “make a mammoth” activities, mammoth toothpaste demos, bookworm readings, science trivia and Q&A with Perot Museum paleontologist Dr. Ron Tykoski. All activities are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.
- THANKSGIVING AND WINTER BREAK. A blizzard of activities will be on tap at the Perot Museum while the kids are out of school. At select times during Thanksgiving break Nov. 22-29 (except for Nov. 26), visitors can enjoy daily “science on the spot” demos (such as blubber gloves, pine cone science and ice-melting), bookworm readings, science trivia (focused on mammoths and Ice Age animals) and other drop-in activities (such as liquid nitrogen demos, boo bubbles and robotics). At select times during winter break Dec. 19-Jan. 3 (except for Christmas Day), daily activities will include “science on the spot” demos (such as blubber gloves, pine cone science and ice-melting), bookworm readings, “winter under a microscope” activities, science trivia (focused on mammoths and Ice Age animals) and drop-in winter activities (such as Rube Goldberg contraptions, snow-making and building block challenges). Check the website for detailed schedules. Activities are free to members and included with general admission for non-members. Note: The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Please check below for additional holiday hours.
- FILMMAKER DANIEL FERGUSON AT FIRST THURSDAY LATE NIGHT: FESTIVE. Renowned National Geographic filmmaker Daniel Ferguson will be at the Perot Museum to discuss and introduce his film, Jerusalem 3D, on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. as part of First Thursday Late Night: Festive. Following the film, Ferguson will be on hand for Q&A and autographs. In addition, activities will take place from 7-9 p.m. including making snow, creating electrical circuit cards and making tinsel float. On the first Thursday of the month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9 p.m.! First Thursday Late Night is free to members and included with general admission for non-members. Tickets to Daniel Ferguson’s lecture and film are $6 for members and $8 for non-members.
- DISCOVERY DAYS: DARKNESS. With interactive fun on every floor, the family-friendly Discovery Days: Darkness, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, will feature activities focused on nocturnal animals and creatures found deep in the ocean and the inside of caves. Guests can create their own sea creature, travel through space in the portable planetarium, examine gems and minerals through microscopes, and more. Free to members and included with general admission for non-members, Discovery Days: Darkness happens Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (exclusive activities during member-only hours).
- NEW YEAR’S WINTER WONDERLAND SLEEPOVER. What better way to celebrate the New Year than dozing with the dinosaurs? Those lucky enough to reserve a spot can enjoy behind-the-scenes after-hours access to the Perot Museum’s 11 exhibit halls, exclusive demonstrations, hands-on discovery plus a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience. This will be an all-night exploration unlike any other, so don't miss out on a wonderland of fun! Designed especially for children ages 6-12, the Museum’s New Year’s sleepover is set for Jan. 2, 2016. Cost is $50 per child and $40 per adult chaperone.
- SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLETS. Before embarking on the Museum journey, be sure to check out a Samsung Galaxy Tab® 8 tablet. The new-and-improved tablets provide interactive experiences on every level of the Museum and increase the educational take-aways of each visit, whether first or 50th. New features include enhancements based around the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall and an all-Museum scavenger hunt! With bilingual content (in English and Spanish), the tablets highlight the unique aspects of the Museum’s engineering and architecture, offer more interactive options for younger visitors and provide activities that make even the walk to the escalator feel like a game! The tablets are free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. A driver’s license is required for check out.
Gifts that Fit All Ages and Stages
- Out-of-the-ordinary, mind-expanding gift ideas in store. Swing by the Perot Museum Shop for science-snazzy finds for all ages! There’s even a mammoth plush toy celebrating the recent discovery of the Mammuthus columbi skeleton in Ellis County that is now part of the Perot Museum’s collections. Plus, the Museum Shop is always conveniently open online at store.perotmuseum.org.
- Memberships as gifts. A gift membership to the Perot Museum is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. From individual memberships to entire households, the Perot Museum offers a range of options to ensure the best fit for friends, family members or colleagues. Benefits range from free general Museum admission for the membership year, extended hours and discounted admission to ticketed exhibitions, lectures, programs and special events, to discounts on parking and purchases in the Museum Shop and Café. Household-level members receive additional benefits dependent on level, such as general admission guest passes and access to KIDS CLUB!. Plus, current Perot Museum members receive 15% off the purchase of gift memberships.
- Individual- and Household-level memberships (personal and gift) are $55 for students, $75 for individuals, $90 for dual memberships, $110 for Family, $170 for Family Plus, and $260 for Family Plus Platinum (plus additional discounts for 2-year memberships). Patron level memberships are also available for those who desire to provide additional financial support to the Museum in addition to receiving member benefits. Patron-level memberships start at $350 and include additional benefits such as VIP event invitations and donor recognition on the web and Annual Fund donor wall. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.
Tickets and Hours
HOURS. General hours of operation for the Perot Museum and Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum will stay open until 9 p.m. for its First Thursday Late Night public events.
Holiday and other special hours. The Perot Museum will close Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving) and Dec. 25 (Christmas). The Museum will offer extended hours until 7 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 26-Jan. 2, except for Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) when the Museum will close at 3 p.m. and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), when the Museum will close at 4 p.m.
Member mornings. From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and Creatures of Light. Additionally, members will enjoy exclusive access from 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
TICKETS. Museum general admission ticket prices are $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (2-17), $13 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.
Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence requires a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission for non-members for a total admission cost of $26 for adults (18-64), $18 for youth (2-17), $19 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Member tickets are $5 for adults (18-64) and $4 for youth (2-17) and seniors (65+).
Skip the ticket sales line! During the holiday season, visitors, including members, are strongly encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets directly from their smart phones or computers in advance.
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. Museum members pay $3 when purchased at the Box Office inside the museum.
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
NOTE: To obtain the news release, Perot Museum fact sheet, photos, b-roll and film trailers, please go to perotmuseum.org/press and use the access code press.
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.