One month ahead of schedule, the staff at Perot Museum of Nature and Science was proud to announce their final opening date. On December 1st the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will open their doors to the public.
“Its been our goal to not only finish on time but to beat our deadlines on multiple fronts. Thanks to the hard work of our board leadership, project team and museum staff, our $185-million fundraising goal was met more than a year ahead of schedule, and not we will open our doors before the end of the year.” said Nicole G. Small, The Eugene McDermott CEO.
Upon entering the lobby, visitors will also experience a 35 foot long Malawisaurus dinosaur fossil as well as 88 dancing water molecules suspended from the ceiling perform an animated dance in response to visitors passing underneath them. Head outside to the plaza to experience a game of leap from or musical instruments. The “musical forest” is full of large musical instruments that are tuned to pentatonic scales allowing everyone to improvise and play music with the push of a finger, mallets and even gravel to sound the notes. After you get done playing music, stop at one of the 13 frog sculptures in the forest.
Talley Associates created the Perot Museum’s landscape architecture in the science park. The Texas-driven landscape design, which celebrates an abstract cross section of the Lone Star State, from an East Texas inpired forest of large native conapy tress to the plains of the Texas panhandle. Tucked with the bosque of matures trees near the forest in an urban plaza that will contain cade tables and interactive water features. An acre of rolling roofscape comprised of rock shards and native Texas drought resistant grasses reflects Texas’ indigenous landscape. Rainwater for irrigation and building systems function is captured through parking lot bioswales, a gravity fed waterfall, and a rain tube feature. All of these elements empty into two 25,000 gallon underground cisterns.
The lobby exhibits, outdoor plaza and science park will all be admission free areas and open during the Museum’s operating hour for the public’s enjoyment. Starting on October 2nd, tickets will be available for sale online at PerotMuseum.org.