January 14, 2013

Perot Nature & Science Museum

On New Year's Day we were able to go check out the brand new Perot Nature & Science Museum in Dallas, Texas.  We are very lucky to have a number of really great museums in the DFW metroplex, and this one is top notch.

I must apologize in advance.  I made it only through about half of the museum before the battery on my camera died.  I do have some photo teasers for you, and I think it will be enough to convince you to go check out this museum if you are in the area.  I must also warn that this museum is selling out very quickly, so plan ahead and purchase your tickets online!

Ok, on to the good stuff!

 They had some really cool fossils.  This crab was amazing.  



Lots of cool birds and animals.  The bird exhibit was really fascinating.  They also had a simulator where you could stand in front of a screen and control the movements of a bird soaring over mountains.






 I love this photo.  It looks like he's saying "Hi There!"
Really great dinosaur exhibit.  Lots of information about dinosaurs found in the area.






We went with some family friends, and there were 9 people in our party.  5 were children.  
I found it interesting how everyone was drawn to different areas of the museum, singling them out as their favorites.  For me, my favorite was the Gem and Mineral Hall.  I'm pretty sure I wore my battery out taking pictures of almost all of the gems.  I won't bore you too much just in case gems and minerals aren't your favorite! ;)


Silver

Citrine

I don't remember what this is, but I was fascinated by it's curves.

Gold

Snowy Owl









Mr. Bear was the last photo I got in before the camera died.  They had a great section on space, fossil fuels and drilling, the human anatomy, labs where kids could do experiments, a super cool earthquake simulator.  The kids went several times to feel what an earthquake felt like.  I didn't try it because I really didn't want to get queasy!

They have a cafe in the lobby and of course a gift shop.  We packed a lunch that day and ate in the cafe, but we did note that the food was reasonably priced and seemed to have a nice selection.  If you decide to visit, I would recommend getting there as early as you can.  There is so much to see that if you go in late you won't get through it all.

Overall a fantastic museum.  Two thumbs up!

This post written by Amy of Amy Nicole Artisan Jewelry

3 comments:

Bespangled Jewelry said...

Awesome! I have got to check this place out, it's in my neck of the woods, ya know!

That crab IS really cool. I am fascinated by fossils, and I bet I would love the gems & minerals too.

Thanks for sharing your experience at the Perot Nature & Science Museum!

Book-Inz said...

I have been wanting to go to this place since I first saw the ground breaking off the highway! I am so excited!

Sarah at Sima Design said...

It's on our short list of things to do soon too. I've heard you need more than one day just to see it all.