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Social Science

SOLD OUT: Mystery

Fri, Oct 18 at 7pm

Join the Museum-wide murder mystery and help crack the case of who killed archaeologist Ben Diggin! Speak with multiple scientist suspects throughout the night and use deductive reasoning to determine who the murderer is.

Everyone is looking forward to the scientist’s convention happening at the Museum, where a variety of scientists are all gathering to discuss their exciting new findings in hopes of winning a grant to further their work. One archaeologist, Ben Diggin, plans to reveal he's discovered a long-lost collection of human ancestor fossils from China, which disappeared en route to the US during WWII. But before gets his chance, he is found murdered, due to a head injury inflicted by a rock hammer!

Detectives are on the case, but they need your help. Your assignment is to gather clues by interviewing each scientist suspect, then complete a related activity or experiment to deduce who the culprit is. You’ll use the evidence in your bag at some of the stations. The detectives will be roaming the Museum, so if you get stuck, you can compare notes with one of them to get back on track.


Crime Scene | Lower Level Auditorium
Reaction Time | Lower Level Sports Hall
Invisible Ink | Lower Level Landing
Bite Mark Analysis | Level 2 Discovering Life Hall
Fingerprint Analysis | Level 2 Being Human Hall
Soil Testing | Level 3 Dynamic Earth Hall
Fur Analysis | Energy Hall
Voice Analysis | Level 4 Expanding Universe Hall
Tools of the Field | Level 4 Life Then and Now Hall

The Reveal | 10:40pm
Don’t miss it! Make sure you’re in the Lobby, Auditorium, or Theater to find out whodunit and see if your expert sleuthing has earned you a prize. Think you’ve cracked the case? Go to perotmuseum.org/murder to choose a suspect and enter to win a prize! All entries must be made by 10:30pm to be eligible. Must enter to win.

Featured Talk
7:30 and 9pm | Level 1 Auditorium
Lee Berger | A Tale of Two Skeletons
Lee Berger is an award-winning researcher, author, speaker, and paleoanthropologist. His explorations into human origins in Africa over the past 25 years have resulted in many new and notable discoveries, including the most complete early hominin fossils found so far that belong to a new species of early human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, and, in 2013, the richest early hominin site yet found on the continent of Africa containing the remains of another new species of ancient human relative called Homo naledi.
Seating is limited. First come, first served.

Woodford Reserve Cocktail Lab | Lower Level Blue Learning Lab
7:30, 8:30, and 9:30pm
Learn how to customize your own old fashioned cocktail, featuring Old Forester Bourbon, and go on a taste through history with a variety of Old Forester Bourbon Whiskies.
Space is limited. First come, first served.

Wolfgang Puck Gastropub
Level 1 Café
Enjoy a mystery-themed menu, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Old Forester Tasting Station | Level 3 Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall
Enjoy a sample and learn about this iconic brand.
Tickets for a sample will be handed out up on check-in. One sample per person.

Wolfgang Puck Bars
Café, Lower Level Landing, Lobby, Level 3 The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, Level 4 T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Try signature cocktail “The Murder Weapon” made with Old Forester Bourbon and blood orange bitters, or choose from a selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

Perot Museum Shop
Level 1 Atrium
Take home a memento of your scientifically mysterious night.



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Old Forester 

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Program Social Science
  • Good for

    Adults Only

  • Location

    Entire Museum

  • Price

    Member $20, Public $29