Late December of 2012 the downtown location of the Perot Museum opened. Ever since opening day, the museum has been one of the premier locations for people interested in natural history and science. No matter what kind of science you are interested in, the museum has something that you would like. There are numerous permanent exhibits and always additional traveling exhibits. The current traveling exhibit is called “The Art of the Brick.” It has to do with legos. There are also films available that rotate to keep your interest.
Although there are many interesting exhibits at the Perot, the one that I think of right off hand is the dinosaurs. There is a room that contains full-sized fossils of dinosaurs as well as many other animals. As you ascend the stairs from this room, you enter an area that is devoted to birds – ancient birds to common birds.
One of the more unusual areas has to do with the weather. Visitors are able to touch a mini tornado or even to become a weather forecaster on a tv screen. There is a simulator of what an earthquake feels like. Visitors get on a platform and there are three levels of earthquake intensity. You can feel what the shaking feels like on all three levels.
There are areas that deal with life’s beginnings, being human, and also space. Another area deals with energy, and there is a display of many different minerals, including a five foot tall geode.
All of the areas have something that is hands on, but the engineering and innovation hall has many things that allow you to participate in one way or another. One exhibit in this area that fascinates everyone is the ability to program a robot and another to try to make robots accomplish certain tasks.
If you have any interest at all in science or natural history, any trip to Dallas should include a day at the Perot Museum.