A treasure trove of fun this spring as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils first full-scale, self-curated exhibition, Eye of the Collector

Other springtime highlights include culmination of National Geographic Live! speaker series; sea monsters, space and tiny giants in 3D; Discovery Days; Late Nights; Social Science; and more



Other springtime highlights include culmination of National Geographic Live! speaker series;
sea monsters, space and tiny giants in 3D; Discovery Days; Late Nights; Social Science; and more

DALLAS (Feb. 16, 2016) – This spring brings a treasure trove of fun to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. On April 16, the Museum will debut its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition, Eye of the Collector, featuring the fascinating personal collections of very different people – from the exquisite and intriguing to the artful and quirky. The exclusive exhibition, which includes the rarely seen treasures of Nancy and Randy Best, will take visitors through time with historical artifacts, pop-culture memorabilia, inspirational creations, unusual possessions and more.

“In just our fourth year, we are thrilled to curate our first exhibition – Eye of the Collector,” said Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “This one-of-a-kind and very personal exhibition showcases the exquisite signature pieces from Nancy and Randy Best, two amazing collectors who have traveled the world to collect artifacts that provide fascinating insight into our ancient past, from dinosaur fossils and a cave bear, to stunning minerals, ancient weapons, Egyptian vessels and other extraordinary finds.”

Among the other collectors are an avid Dallas Cowboys fan with vintage memorabilia; luminaries of local culture; history buffs and pop culture aficionados. The collectibles on display will include pro football memorabilia, Star Wars souvenirs, unique dolls and toys, vintage bikes, PEZ dispensers, folk art and intricate Ballet Folklórico costumes. There’s even a mastodon fossil that belonged to Thomas Jefferson.  


For the final collection, the Perot Museum is hosting a “People’s Choice” contest inviting the public to submit their array of unusual acquisitions (deadline is Feb. 21). The grand prize winner’s collection will be featured inside the exhibition, and the three finalists’ collections in the categories of “Best Youth,” “Most Unique” and “Most Visually Stunning” will be on display within the Museum.

Eye of the Collector is the centerpiece in a bouquet of wildly entertaining and exciting offerings this spring – from captivating 3D films, First Thursday Late Nights, Discovery Days and the adults-only Social Science, to the annual Engineers Week, Spring Break camps, extended hours and activities. (New this year: Spring Break at the Perot Museum extends to two weeks from March 5-20!)

Plus, the National Geographic Live! speaker series culminates with wildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. James will discuss his misadventures about inadvertently buying a piece of land that housed an illegal cocaine factory, in addition to his latest project inside Tanzania’s Serengeti.

And soccer fans should check out the newest famous face (a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion) in the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall. U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach, who recently retired as the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer, is now a featured athlete in the popular Motion Lab.

For all the springtime highpoints, see below.

EYE OF THE COLLECTOR (April 16 - Sept. 5, 2016). At the Perot Museum, every object and specimen within its collection tells a unique story. In its first full-scale self-curated exhibition, the Perot Museum and Highland Capital Management present Eye of the Collector, bringing together the amazing personal collections of very different people – from the exquisite to the quirky, from historical artifacts to pop culture. Examples include a Dallas Cowboys uber-fan with one of the largest-ever assortments of team memorabilia; a world-record-setting collector of Star Wars mementos; a local leader with a passion for cultural dance; an aficionado of PEZ dispensers; an enthusiast of remarkable dolls; and an American Founding Father with a zeal for fossils. Not only will visitors marvel at the items themselves, they’ll also get a glimpse into the minds of the collectors and find out what inspired them to see the magic in items ranging from everyday utensils to rare treasures. At the heart of this exclusive exhibition are signature pieces from Nancy and Randy Best, whose extensive collections take visitors on journeys through time and expand our knowledge – from paleontological specimens, early hominids, pre-Columbian artifacts and weapons to exotic Sumerian tablets and spectacular minerals extracted from the earth. Every object becomes a portal that transports one to a distinct time in history. Eye of the Collector is free for members and requires a surcharge for non-members. Ticket prices below.


3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE. Sea monsters, outer space and tiny giants, oh my! Slip on 3D glasses and see these scientific phenomena in the most daring dimension. To view trailers and film schedule, go to perotmuseum.org. Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools. Ticket prices below.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure 3D (through May 26, 2016). When strange bones are discovered in a muddy Kansas river bank, paleontologists set out to investigate a mystery buried in time. Through ultra-realistic 3D computer animation, travel back to the Late Cretaceous period, when the sea was dominated by giant marine reptiles, some as large as present-day whales. Follow a female Dolichorhynchops and her offspring through adventures that illustrate life in the sea during the age of dinosaurs. Live-action recreations of actual paleontological digs are woven throughout, revealing the scientific basis for each animated episode. Presented by National Geographic with music composition by Peter Gabriel, this film runs approximately 20 minutes.

Journey to Space 3D (through May 26, 2016). In the past half-century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Journey to Space 3D will inspire a new generation of young people to dream of new horizons in space and engender a new appreciation for the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program among an older generation who came to take it for granted. Through extensive interviews, brilliant narration by actor Patrick Stewart and stunning 3D, discover the foundation behind the next giant leaps being taken into space. Presented by Giant Screen Films, this film runs approximately 40 minutes.

Tiny Giants 3D (through Sept. 5, 2016). In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest animals. Using the incredibly immersive power of special 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood is forced to grow up fast when he is on his own for the first time. Only by using his ingenious superpowers can he not only stay alive, but also become master of his universe. Presented by Giant Screen Films, this film runs approximately 20 minutes.


PROGRAMS. The 2016 National Geographic Live! speaker series wraps up April 7 with wildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James, plus Discovery Days, family-fun Late Nights, an adults-only Social Science, Spring Break camps, “snore and explore” sleepovers and special Spring Break activities are all part of the adventurous season.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! SPEAKER SERIES. The National Geographic Live! speaker series culminates with award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James in I Bought a Rainforest. James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park – the most bio-diverse place on Earth – for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park – only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest. Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rainforest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone – plus a sneak peek at his latest project, inside Tanzania’s Serengeti. James’ lecture will take place Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Q&A and autograph session will immediately follow. The speaker series, presented by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., is in partnership with National Geographic Live!, bringing the National Geographic experience to global audiences, while celebrating the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. (Museum general admission is not required – or included – with lecture ticket purchase.)

DISCOVERY DAYS. On the second Saturday of the month, the Perot Museum ups the fun with themed activities throughout the Museum. On March 12, discover the world of paleontology by digging for fossils and bones and learning to examine and identify the finds at Discovery Days: Fossils. Other paleo pursuits for the day include piecing together giant 3D dinosaur puzzles, creating fossil artwork and exploring the Museum on a fossil scavenger hunt.  Come back April 9 and celebrate the upcoming Earth Day through hands-on explorations in earth science and green science. Conduct mineral testing experiments, explore the earth and beyond in the Portable Universe planetarium, create earth-friendly art and engineer energy-efficient circuits. Then on May 14, examine human anatomy, and learn about nutrition, getting active and healthy snacks. Participate in balance and endurance challenges and get ready to move those muscles while exploring the muscular and skeletal systems. Free to members and included with general admission for non-members, Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (with exclusive activities during member-only hours).

FIRST THURSDAY LATE NIGHT. On the first Thursday of the month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9 p.m. with special themed activities for all ages. On March 3 from 7-9 p.m., irradiate the imagination exploring futuristic technologies and settings, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life, and how these ideas come to life in movies, TV and literature at First Thursday Late Night: Science Fiction. On April 7, “think small” and check out real-world nanotechnology, try some fun nano experiments, and observe objects and images at macro, micro and nanoscale at First Thursday Late Night: Nano. Then on May 5, examine, categorize and organize collections in celebration of the Museum’s first self-curated exhibition – Eye of the Collector – at First Thursday Late Night: Collecting. Free to members and included with general admission for non-members.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: MUSIC. A rockin’ good time is in store at the spring installment of Social Science: Music on Friday, April 22, from 7-11 p.m. Discover what makes music such a powerful catalyst for movement, emotion and creativity. Explore how the brain processes music and sound, cut a rug, and create music while meeting musicians, dancers, audiologists and more. Featuring after-hours fun for adults 21 and up, Social Science makes for a perfect date-night destination or evening out with friends complete with delicious cocktails and food by Wolfgang Puck, exciting performances, interactive activities, discussions and more. Tickets, which sell out fast, are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Ticket packages that include admission to the traveling exhibition Eye of the Collector are also available. Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting and supported by Brown-Forman Corporation. Please drink responsibly.

ENGINEERS WEEK. Build, break, hack, 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 and educators. Engineer’s Week, which takes place Feb. 22-27, is supported by Lockheed Martin and IBM, and sponsored by Cisco. Fun for all ages and free with admission.

SPRING BREAK DISCOVERY CAMP AND DISCOVERY CAMP, JR. During Spring Break, kids in grades K-6 can design their own STEAM-centered creations, explore their natural world, conduct scientific experiments and discover the wonders of space at Discovery Camp. Plus, little ones ages 3-4 can partake in Discovery Camp, Jr. (week-long, half-day) where they can engage in interactive experiences focused on investigation and exploration with hands-on science experiments and creative projects led by expert camp instructors. New for 2016! The Museum will offer two weeks of Discovery Camp and Discovery Camp, Jr. from March 7-11 and March 14-18. Programming offered will be the same each week. Parents should check that the camp week selected matches the Spring Break dates for each child. Discovery Camps are presented by Texas Instruments, Inc.


SLEEPOVERS. Kids everywhere are invited to “snore and explore” at an afterhours sleepover at the Perot Museum! It’s a dream-big, behind-the-scenes night that includes access to the Museum’s 11 permanent exhibit halls, exclusive demonstrations and hands-on discovery plus a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience. Designed especially for children ages 6-12, sleepovers are open to groups of all sizes – from a parent and child to entire organizations. Sleepover dates are March 12, April 15, May 6 (all-girls sleepover*] and May 27. Cost is $45 per child and $30 per adult chaperone.* The all-girls sleepover applies to girls only between the ages of 6-12. Dads may chaperone during the all-girls sleepover, but will be assigned to a separate sleeping level.

BIRTHDAYS. Celebrate their big day in a big way with a birthday party at the Perot Museum. Parties are available for children ages 1 and up and for groups up to 30 on Saturdays (from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Sundays (from 12:30-5 p.m.). Choose from a variety of themed parties specially designed for your child’s age. New party themes are now available. Dates fill up quickly, so book early!


SPRING BREAK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING. A variety of compelling activities will be offered for all ages during Spring Break, which extends to two weeks this year! At select times March 5-20, visitors can enjoy daily spring science crafts, bookworm readings, science trivia, slinky spring science, live “science on the spot” demos and drop-in activities involving making clouds, rainbows, egg dyeing, pinwheels/wind energy, marshmallows and mini kite flying, to name a few. Plus, Discovery Days: Fossils on Saturday, March 12, will feature a variety of paleontology-themed activities. Check the website for detailed schedules. Activities are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.


HOURS. General hours of operation for the Perot Museum 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.

Spring Break hours. During Spring Break (March 5-19), the Museum will stay open daily with extended hours until 7 p.m. and member-only hours 8:30-10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon on Sundays. The Museum will resume normal hours on Sunday, March 20.

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, during Spring Break, member-only hours have been added from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday through Friday, March 7-11 and March 14-18.

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.

Eye of the Collector is free for members. Non-members pay a surcharge along with purchase of Museum general admission for a total admission cost of $24 for adults (18-64), $15 for youth (2-17), $18 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2.

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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.


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