Group of students at the Perot outside a school bus

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Tips and Policies

Contact the Reservations Department

  • Call us: 214.428.5555 ext. 8
  • Email us:
  • Send us a fax: 214.756.5890, Attn: Reservations

FAQs: Before Your Visit

  1. How many Students are required for a School Group booking? What are prices? Do Homeschool qualify?

    Field trip bookings require a minimum of 10 guests total. Students are $8 each and the required 1:7 ratio of Teacher Chaperones to Students are free for general admission. Additional add-ons such as films, science demonstrations, or special exhibits are an additional cost to both students and chaperones.

    Homeschools do qualify as a school group and may submit their request form here.

  2. When does the field trip request need to be submitted?

    Request forms must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your desired visit date to be considered for a reservation.

  3. What does general admission include?

    The general admission ticket includes access to all permanent Museum exhibits.

    General admission does not include any films and/or add-on special exhibitions.

  4. What is the admission fee for chaperones?

    All teachers, teacher assistants and educators are given first priority of free general admission chaperone tickets. Any leftovers may be allocated as your group sees fit. Add-on experiences such as a film or traveling exhibition are an additional cost to all chaperones.

    Please note:

    • Any extra adult chaperones and students not included on your reservation will be required to pay full general admission prices the day of your visit ($25 for guests 13 and up, $15 for guests 2-12 years old) as well as full-price for any additional add-on experiences.
    • Extra student and extra adult chaperone tickets are subject to availability.
  5. Do memberships or other discounts opportunities apply to field trip admission?

    Groups with families that have memberships cannot apply their member discount to a school group reservation. Students under a membership must be included on their school’s reservation and pay the school group admission rate.

    Chaperones using their membership the day of a school group visit will not be considered a ‘Chaperone’ and will not receive a chaperone sticker.

    Additionally, the Museum’s free general admission for educators discount is not redeemable for chaperones on the day of your field trip visit.

  6. Can siblings join the school group reservation?

    Siblings not part of the reserved school group will not be included on the reservation or receive discounted admission. Full price tickets can be purchased separately.

  7. Special Needs/Accessibility

    Please let the Museum know if you are bringing children with special needs. Any groups requiring a 1:1 accommodation will receive additional General Admission tickets for the support staff at no charge. Fees will still apply for traveling exhibits and 3D films. Further visit accommodations can be found on our website here.

  8. Are there escalators and elevators available for our visit?

    Our Sales team asks that all school groups please take either the stairs or our escalator to Level 4 to the Expanding Universe Hall  and T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall. Our team also suggests accessing all stairs to go up and down the Museum floors. Please be considerate of guests who need the escalators or elevators. Elevators are given first priority to all guests in wheelchairs or with strollers. Please note: a teacher chaperone must be present when entering the escalator and under no circumstances should guests run up, down, or sit when on the escalators.

  9. Rescheduling Restrictions & Information

    All schedule and attendance changes must be made no later than three weeks before your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, you must contact the Reservations Department at at least three weeks before your scheduled visit in order for your payment to be applied to a new visit date.

  10. Map of Museum

    See a map of the Museum here.

  11. Are backpacks allowed in the Museum?

    Yes, however we recommend students leave backpacks on the bus.

  12. My students are in high school do they need to stay with their chaperones?

    YES!  One adult chaperone, 21 years or older, is required for every 7 students.

  13. Will someone be meeting us and guiding us through the Museum?

    The Museum is self-guided for you to enjoy at your own pace. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask a team member.

FAQs: Parking and Unloading

  1. How do I get to the Perot Museum?

    Please see our directions page here.

  2. Where should I tell my bus driver to drop us off?

    All buses will proceed to Bus Parking off of Broom Street to drop off and park.

  3. What should we do when we arrive?

    Please remain on your bus until Field Trip Facilitator has welcomed your group and reviewed instructions for the day.

    Review the Museum Expectations with your students and chaperones.

  4. I’m our group’s lead what do I need to do when we arrive?

    Know the number of students and teachers/chaperones present in your group today. Do not include any extra chaperones/adults who will be paying separately. This information will be required in order to complete your check in and begin your visit.

  5. How long should we expect for the unloading process?

    Unloading times may vary depending upon the day’s schedule, your arrival time and the weather.

  6. What is the parking policy for school groups?

    Vehicles other than buses must have official markings of the school to park in the Bus Parking Lot.

    Vehicles with official school markings will park in the Bus Parking Lot.  All other vehicles, including those of chaperones, can park under Woodall Rodgers Freeway.  A variety of other parking lots are available in the area surrounding the Museum. These lots are not affiliated with the Museum and pricing ranges from $10-$20.

FAQs: Day of Your Visit

  1. Where will our group go to check-in for our Field Trip?

    The day of your field trip, your group will head to the Museum and park in Lot C: Bus/Overflow parking (accessible via Broom St.) Please view a detailed map here for parking. Once your group has parked, please unload all visitors and follow the signs on the ramp to the Plaza and front entrance. Once there, please head to the School Group Check-in Tent to check-in with our team members. QR codes will be available for directions to each exhibit in our Museum, where to purchase full-price tickets, and a link to our FAQ page.

  2. Where do chaperones meet when they arrive?

    Please instruct your chaperones to meet your lead teacher on the outside plaza.

  3. What is the procedure for extra students on the day of field trip?

    Extra students may be added to your reservation when you check in at the box office.  All tickets are subject to availability.

    Please note:

    • Any extra adult chaperones and students not included on your reservation will be required to pay full general admission prices the day of your visit ($25 for guests 13 and up, $15 for guests 2-12 years old) as well as full-price for any additional add-on experiences.
    • Extra student and extra adult chaperone tickets are subject to availability.
  4. Can we get a refund for fewer students than originally planned?

    No, we do not issue refunds.

  5. What happens if we are late for our scheduled program or movie?

    Please arrive ten minutes before your scheduled time as seating is limited — There is no late seating or refunds for missed shows or programs. Please note that the Lab and Auditorium programs may not be available at a later time due to a predetermined schedule.

  6. Our School Group has an add-on experience, what should we do?

    If you’re scheduled for timed activities, please assemble at the program, theatre, or exhibit check-in area at least 10 minutes before your activity begins. There is no late seating, nor are refunds issued for missed programs, films, or exhibits. If scheduled for multiple timed activities, we suggest preparing the first group as soon as possible to ensure groups arrive promptly.

  7. Where will our school group have lunch?

    All lunches must stay on the buses until you’re ready to eat. Groups will eat outside on the Plaza and green space at the entrance of the Museum. We suggest staggering lunch times to ensure there is plenty of room for students to sit. In case of inclement weather, we will inform you of an alternate plan when you arrive.

  8. How can I preorder Lunches?

    Pre-ordered box lunches, prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, are also available for purchase (see more information here; orders must be placed 72 hours prior to your visit). Depending on the meal chosen, prices range from $7-$12 per meal. Checks for Box Lunches should be made out to Wolfgang Puck Catering at 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, TX 75201. Payment in full is due at least 48 hours in advance for Box Lunches. The Wolfgang Puck Catering team is able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. Please reach out to them at, or (214) 756-5795 to confirm accommodations.

  9. Our group would like to enter into the Children’s Museum. How can we do so?

    The Moody Family Children’s Museum is located on our Lower Level and is available for all groups with Pre-K and Kinder Students. Please note, the Children’s Museum is on a reservation basis and must be included on your reservation invoice prior to be granted entry. If your group is not scheduled for the Children’s Museum, your group will not be permitted entry. Scheduled groups are allowed 30-minute entry times with a maximum of 30 guests in total (Students, Teachers/Chaperones, Extra Adult Chaperones). The required 1:7 ratio of Teachers/Chaperones to Students are given first priority to enter into the Children’s Museum. Please ensure group members attending the Children’s Museum are mindful of younger guests.

  10. Which restrooms are available?

    Please note: restrooms are available to all guests visiting. Other Museum guests or staff should never be denied entry into restrooms. Additionally, restrooms should never be blocked by your field trip staff during your visit.

  11. Are firearms, or weapons of any kind, allowed in the Perot Museum?

    No. The Perot Museum is a weapon-free facility. As an educational institution with numerous school and educational groups and activities on Museum property, weapons are prohibited from the property pursuant to Section 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code. Additionally, pursuant to Texas Penal Code Sections 30.06 and 30.07, we have posted legal signage notifying the public that we do not permit concealed or openly carried handguns in our facility. This applies to all employees, volunteers, guests, and vendors.

    Commissioned law enforcement officers may carry their duty firearms when visiting the Perot Museum, provided they are in official duty uniform. Off-duty commissioned law enforcement officers may carry their duty firearms on Museum premises, provided they keep their firearms concealed.

    Persons who are not commissioned law enforcement officers found to be in possession of weapons will be asked by Perot Museum security staff to remove the weapon from the premises. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will not store weapons or permit them to be stored within the facility.

Free Teacher Preview Admission

The Perot Museum extends free teacher admission to all currently employed teachers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Mexico. Teachers must present proof of current teaching status at the Museum Box Office for admission. Free teacher admission applies only to Perot Museum general exhibits, and is good for one (1) general exhibits admission ticket per day, per teacher. Free teacher preview admission is not applicable on the day of your field trip. Offer does not apply to online ticket sales; teachers whose families have purchased online tickets will be accommodated provided that space allows.

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