Cost? General admission (entrance to 11 exhibits): Adults: $20, Youth (2-7) $13, Under 2 FREE, Seniors 65+ $14 (for a limited time only save $2 per ticket if you buy online)
If you are anywhere near Dallas and haven’t been to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science you are doing yourself a disservice. Regardless of age, this is a must-see exhibit that will not disappoint. If you’ve driven by, no doubt you’ve spotted the futuristic building with the glass elevator darting over the edge (and yes, you can ride on it for an incredible panoramic view of downtown Dallas). The building itself is a work of art!
My main piece of advice for this museum, besides visiting, is this: Make sure you have a whole day to spend (or can come back another time) because there is so much to do inside!
Floor 1: Moody Family Children’s Museum and Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall
Don’t Miss- If you have a kid 5 or younger, the Children’s Museum. Also, inside the Sports Hall, don’t miss your chance to physically race against a T-Rex, cheetah or other super speedy competitors on a giant screen!
Floor 2: Discovering Life Hall, Being Human Hall and Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall
Don’t Miss- Smelling coyote urine (just seeing if you’re still reading…but really you can do this!) and launching a ping pong ball into the air with your brain.
Floor 3: The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, Tom Hunt Energy Hall and Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall
Don’t Miss- An earthquake simulator, giving a live weather forecast on TV, and taking a ride on the Barnett Shale simulator. Also, getting to open and close the giant geode is a fan favorite. The amazing colors of the minerals and gems is seriously breathtaking and unbelievable.
Floor 4: Expanding Universe Hall, T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, Rose Hall of Birds
Don’t Miss: The giant dinosaurs on display! Also, there is a NURSING ROOM! YES! Way to support Mamas feeding their babies! Caveat- The nursing room is semi-private so it doesn’t have a door. If you are modest, I highly recommend the Covered Goods Nursing Cover.
Extras: Maya Exhibit (currently running), Cafe, Museum Gift Shop and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. The outside of the museum also has entertaining and engaging structures if you need some bait to lure your kids towards the parking lot and drive home.
As you can tell, there are SO many fun things to do and see here. Have a game plan and probably take the stroller. Decide what your audience is most suited and attracted to before you go. As a former third-grade math and science teacher, I can’t rave about the educational value of this museum enough. Every single age can learn so much and see what they’ve learned in school come to life. This museum will seriously inspire kids and adults to have fun with science! Spoiler alert- educators already know this and the museum is often PACKED with field trips.
The Museum also offers a plethora of fun programs for all ages from birthday parties to adults only nights including cocktails and dancing (Social Science blog review coming soon).
Tips to know before you go:
Parking is $10 extra (unless you’re a member). If you’re a Member of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History you can get in for free (you will still have to pay for parking). The cafe is great and offers lots of healthy options. Pack extra money from your kiddo’s piggy bank for the awesome gift shop. The gifts and toys are unique and pretty rad.
Your Out and About Friend,
Day and time we visited- Friday 10 AM- 1 PM
Level of crowds– High (lots of field trips)
Restrooms: Yes, several
Changing Table- Yes
Cleanliness of Bathroom- Excellent
Recommended age- All ages
Food Options- Yes, cafe at the entrance
Allowed to bring in food and beverages- No
Stroller friendly– Yes
Staff supervision provided- Yes
Safety concerns- No
Recommend going again? Yes!!
Member discounts or deals- Great membership deals
Coupons/Discounts- For a limited time all tickets are $2 off if you buy online. Check out the membership details for even more savings!