Big boredom busters forecasted to hit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, Dream Big 3D film and more

Summer fun alert! A flood of fascinating, brain-boosting and money-saving experiences is forecasted this summer as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science produces Texas-sized offerings. From the largest and most comprehensive Maya exhibition to tour the U


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Come explore the largest, most comprehensive Maya exhibition to tour the U.S., experience the new blockbuster Dream Big and other colossally cool 3D films, plus Discovery Camps, a new architecture tour and summer discounts


DALLAS (May 9, 2017)Big summer fun alert! A flood of fascinating, brain-boosting and money-saving experiences is forecasted this summer as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science produces Texas-sized offerings. From the largest and most comprehensive Maya exhibition to tour the U.S., to the inspiring Dream Big 3D film, the Perot Museum will offer cool adventures complete with discounts, extended hours, Discovery Camps, adults-only Social Science, sleepovers and more this summer.

To provide greater access to lower-income families, the Community Partners Ticket Program returns this summer offering $1 general admission for guests who qualify based on need and $1 admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Plus, active duty members and veterans of the United States military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs can enjoy free general admission and discounted admission for family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (See “Big Discounts” section below for details.)

The summer surge kicks off Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29) with special holiday weekend activities including “science on the spot” demos, bookworm readings, science trivia, art activities in the Moody Family Children’s Museum, plus extended hours through Sept. 4. Details at

Here are a few of the many highlights and big happenings:

MAYA: HIDDEN WORLDS REVEALED (through Sept. 4, 2017). History, mystery and culture collide in the largest traveling exhibition about the Maya ever to tour the U.S. Presented by Highland Capital Management, the exhibition brings together nearly 250 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Through hands-on activity stations, guests of all ages can decipher hieroglyphs, learn cultural and architectural techniques, and explore an underworld cave, ancient burial site, mural room and more. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Members always enjoy free general admission and get up to half-off on tickets to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.

3D FILMS IN THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE. This summer includes colossally cool films featuring young, inspiring engineers, dinosaurs and today’s enchanted animal kingdom! To view trailers and film schedules, go to Films are presented locally by Primrose Schools.

New! DREAM BIG 3D (opens May 26). From the world’s tallest building to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big 3D – narrated by Jeff Bridges – celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. A MacGillivray Freeman Film in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big 3D is presented by Bechtel Corporation and runs approximately 40 minutes.

New! WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D (opens May 26). Take off on a prehistoric adventure with dinosaurs over 70 million years ago. Presented by BBC Earth and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film lets audiences see and feel what it was like when astonishing dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The 20-minute film features two dinosaurs discovered by Perot Museum paleontologists – Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus.

WILD AFRICA 3D (through Sept. 4). Ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on Earth: Africa. Plunge into fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted kingdom. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and presented by BBC Earth, Wild Africa 3D runs approximately 20 minutes.

PROGRAMS. Family-fun Discovery Days, adults-only Social Science, Discovery Camps, sleepovers and more equates to non-stop summer fun at the Perot Museum.

New! ARCHITECTURE TOUR. Did you know that 20 percent of the Perot Museum is made of recycled materials, or that you can see the visible result of a concrete truck being snarled in traffic (during construction) behind our Box Office? Learn these fun facts and more on the new Perot Museum Architecture Tour. See this award-winning museum – lauded for its bold artistry and sustainability and designed by 2005 Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis – in a whole new light. Tours, which last 1-1.5 hours, are available for groups of 1-20 at a fee of $5 per person. The tour is only available with the purchase of Museum general admission tickets and must be purchased in advance.


DISCOVERY DAYS. Foster a love for science on the second Saturday of the month! The family-fun Discovery Days will feature exciting experiments, activities and performances with scientists, educators and artists throughout the Museum. Free to members and included with general admission for non-members, Discovery Days take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (with exclusive member access from 9-10 a.m.) on May 13 (Meteorology), June 10 (Humanity), July 8 (Architecture) and Aug. 12 (Adventure).

SOCIAL SCIENCE. Ever wanted to play at the Perot Museum without any kids? Exclusive to adults 21 and up, Social Science makes for an undeniably unique date night or evening out with friends, filled with fun experiments, craft beers and cocktails, performances, engaging discussions, exciting inventions and more. The centerpiece of this summer’s Friday night adventures is Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed! Upcoming dates include June 23 (Patterns) and Aug. 4 (Conundrum). Tickets, which go fast, are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting and supported by Tequila Herradura and Jack Daniels. Please drink responsibly.

FIRST THURSDAY LATE NIGHT.  First Thursdays mean more time to nerd out! The Perot Museum stays open late until 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month with special programming from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming dates and themes include June 1 (Summer of Science: Physics), July 6 (Summer of Science: Chemistry) and August 3 (Summer of Science: Biology). A great opportunity for working parents and those who want to visit after hours, First Thursday Late Night is free to members and included with general admission for non-members.


SLEEPOVERS. Snore and explore! Sleepovers at the Perot Museum feature behind-the-scenes access to the 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. Summer dates are May 13 (all-girls sleepover), May 26, June 9 (superhero sleepover), July 21, Aug. 11 and Sept. 2. Sleepovers are open to groups of all sizes – from a parent and child to entire organizations. Cost is $45 per child and $30 per adult chaperone.

DISCOVERY CAMPS. Kids pre-K through 6th grade can ignite a love for science this summer! Young minds will relish in week-long camp sessions focusing on animals, space, dinosaurs, chemistry, engineering, marine biology and even zombies at Discovery Camp. Hands-on experiments, 3D films and interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities will keep kids content and sharp during the summer months. Additional Discovery Camps are available at The Hockaday School, a state-of-the-art facility with a unique makerspace – and the only location offering this season’s new camp theme, Zombie Survival. Discovery Camps will take place June 12-Aug. 18. Before and after care available for K-6th grade. For more information and to register, visit

BIG SUMMER DISCOUNTS. This summer, the Perot Museum is pleased to offer complimentary general admission for active duty members and veterans of the United States military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members) Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (May 26-Sept. 4, 2017).

To expand accessibility for families, the Perot Museum’s Community Partners Ticket Offer provides $1 general admission and $1 admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed 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 26-Sept. 4, 2017).


And the Perot Museum offers free general admission year-round to educators in Texas and its bordering states. Find details about all admission discounts at


Gift Science! Looking for the perfect gift that fits all sizes? A gift certificate to the Perot Museum is the perfect present for moms, dads and grads this season. From one-day experiences to family memberships, the gift of science never goes out of style. Perot Museum gift certificates are good for general admission, films, memberships, parking, special event tickets and more. Find the link to purchase at


Snag a CityPASS! A Dallas CityPASS provides Perot Museum general admission along with a 3D film plus admission to three other popular attractions. A CityPASS adult ticket is $48 and a CityPASS child ticket is $32 – that’s a 40% savings! Find the link to purchase online at or go to the Museum Box Office.

SUMMER HOURS. From May 26-Sept. 4, the Perot Museum will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday with new expanded Sunday hours from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Members enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. The Museum will be closed for routine annual maintenance Sept. 5-7. Regular hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Friday, Sept. 8.

TICKETS AND PARKING. The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is free for members. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit or call 214-428-5555.

Highland Capital Management is the 2017-2018 Premier Partner of the Perot Museum.

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About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, 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. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 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. 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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