School bells will soon be ringing for winter break, but it’s not just the stir-crazy kids and parents who’ll be flocking to Dallas’ newest destination. With the popular Perot Museum of Nature and Science quickly becoming the hot spot for all ages and interests, extended hours will be offered on select dates (holiday hours below). Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid sell-outs and waiting in lines.
Dec. 26 – 30 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dec. 31 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Jan. 1 – 3 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 6 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On Sundays through January 6, the Perot Museum will open two hours early at 10 a.m. (Early Sunday openings include admission to exhibit halls only.)
The holiday season film line-up includes Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure and Meerkats 3D, both appropriate for general audiences.
“Whether you’re out and about with the kids or want to show your out-of-town visitors a good time, the Perot Museum makes for a perfect day trip for all ages,” said Nicole G. Small, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “And to better accommodate our visitors, we’re staying open until 9 p.m. December 26 through January 3 … and yes, that includes New Year’s Day!”
Small adds that memberships are available and selling very fast.
“Charter Memberships make for great last-minute holiday gifts. Membership lasts an entire year, and it’s an easy one-size-fits-all gift!” said Small.
The 180,000-square-foot museum features five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls ranging in topics from dinosaurs to sports, to robotics and a children’s museum complete with outdoor play space. The state-of-the-art traveling exhibition hall currently features Building the Building, a temporary exhibit that tells the story of the Perot Museum – from its history, conception and construction and the more than 2,500 people that helped create and bring the Perot Museum to life. Other highlights include a Science Park; a glass-encased escalator with a breathtaking view of downtown Dallas; a Café; a Museum Shop; a multi-media, 3D digital cinema; and more.
TICKET PRICES. General admission to the exhibit halls is $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $5 (30-minute shows) and $8 (60-minute shows) for adults, students, seniors and children. Combo admission to the exhibit halls and theater is $20 for adults (18-64), $17 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $15 for children (2-11).
For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (30-minute shows) and $6 (60-minute shows).
PAID PARKING. Parking is available in Lot B, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Overflow parking is available in Lot C, which will be open based on museum attendance, and is a pay-to-enter lot located west of the Museum. Handicapped parking is available in Lot A, the Museum’s onsite lot, and Lot B. Lot A also has limited spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles. Pricing is $6 per car when paid on-site (at box office, lobby kiosk or with attendant for Lot C), $4 if pre-paid online, and $3 for museum members (online or on-site at box office or lobby kiosk).
MEMBERSHIP. Free general admission, member-only events, discounts to the theater, Café and Museum Shop are just a few of the many money-saving perks that Perot Museum members enjoy. And with a variety of packages that offer something for everyone, Perot Museum memberships make for a unique and memorable gift that’s great for all ages and interests – from individuals and couples to families big and small.
Members perk! From 8:30 – 10 a.m. every Saturday morning, members can enjoy exclusive pre-general public access to the Perot Museum.
Charter Memberships are $45 for students, $65 for individuals, $80 for dual memberships, $100 for Family, $160 for Family Plus, and $200 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships are available for $250 and up. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.