Have a Curiously Cool Summer at the Perot Museum with the Eye of the Collector

EYE OF THE COLLECTOR EXHIBITION PerotAs summer inches closer, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will brim with discovery and delights as the much-anticipated vacation months arrive. From the Museum’s first fully self-curated exhibition, Eye of the Collector, to exhilarating 3D films, First Thursday Late Nights and second-Saturday Discovery Days, to the adults-only Social Science, extended hours, holiday activities and special discounts, the Perot Museum will offer countless ways for all ages to spend the long summer days.

During Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30), special holiday weekend activities will include “science on the spot” demos; bookworm readings; science trivia; art activities in the Moody Family Children’s Museum; and other free-with-admission fun at discovery stations throughout the Museum. Details at perotmuseum.org/summer.

“Between our 11 permanent exhibit halls boasting everything from dinosaurs and DNA to robots, sports and space and our dazzling Eye of the Collector exhibition, there’s enough ‘wow’ to fill a day or several at the Perot Museum,” said Jamie Creola, vice president of learning and engagement of the Perot Museum. “And don’t miss the National Parks Adventure 3D film, which celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and offers a breathtaking look at our country’s untouched wilderness.

This summer, the Museum will offer extended hours daily May 27-Sept. 5. (See details at end of release.) Beginning Memorial Day (May 30), military and first responders can enjoy free general admission plus discounted admission for family members through Labor Day (Sept. 5). The Community Partners Ticket Program returns offering $1 admission for qualified guests (details below). Also, a $10 late-afternoon special will be offered from 4-6 p.m. weekdays (May 30-Sept. 5).

Take a look at all of the summer happenings, at the Perot Museum

EYE OF THE COLLECTOR (through Sept. 5, 2016).

At the Perot Museum, every object and specimen within its numerous permanent collections tells a unique story. Eye of the Collector brings together the amazing personal collections of very different people including signature pieces from Nancy and Randy Best, whose extensive collections take visitors on journeys through time – from paleontological specimens, early hominids, and pre-Columbian artifacts and weapons, to exotic Sumerian tablets and spectacular minerals extracted from the earth.

Other items on view belong to Steve Sansweet, whose collection of Star Wars mementos is so vast that it’s recorded as a Guinness World Record; Bob Bragalone, an avid Dallas Cowboys fan with one of the largest-ever assortments of team memorabilia dating back to the days of coach Tom Landry; Anita Martinez, a beloved Dallas civic leader and dance company founder with a love for the lushly colored Ballet Folklórico costumes; Debbie Garrett, an author/historian with an affinity for African-American and black dolls; Carla Eames Hartman, a passionate gatherer of the charming PEZ candy dispensers; Deedie Rose, a Dallas arts patron and philanthropist who has amassed an array of unique jewelry comprised of surprising materials – such as shopping bags, coffee creamer lids, egg cartons and turkey wishbones; Ron Gard, an aficionado of antique duck decoys; Scott McCaskey, a collector of hundreds of unique, vintage bicycles from the 1800s to the 1960s; and a mastodon jaw and teeth that once belonged to founding father Thomas Jefferson.

National Parks Adventure 3D (opens May 27, 2016)

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure 3D takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s untamed wilderness and legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all. A MacGillivray Freeman film in association with Brand USA, National Parks Adventure 3D runs approximately 40 minutes.

NEW! Flying Monsters 3D (opens May 27, 2016)

In the time when dinosaurs dominated prehistoric Earth, pterosaurs were the rulers of the skies. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how humans discovered these creatures and how they were able to get off the ground (some with wingspans as long as modern jets) and soar … until their sudden disappearance from Earth. Presented by National Geographic, this film runs approximately 20 minutes.

Summer Discounts:  The Perot Museum offers complimentary general admission for veterans, active and retired U.S. military personnel and First Responders and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members) Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 30-Sept. 5, 2016).

You can take advantage of $10 Museum general admission from 4-6 p.m. MondayFriday (from May 30-Sept. 2), including First Thursday Late Nights.

To expand accessibility for families this summer, the Perot Museum’s Community Partners Ticket Offer provides $1 general admission for individuals and families enrolled in qualified state and federally supported assistance programs. The offer is valid for up to seven immediate family members Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 30-Sept. 5, 2016). Find details at perotmuseum.org/summer.

Extended Summer Hours at the Perot Museum

From May 27-Sept. 5, the Perot Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MondaySaturday and from noon-6 p.m. Sunday. On the first Thursday of the month, the Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. for its public First Thursday Late Nightevents. (Note: The Museum will be closed Sept. 6-8 for annual maintenance.) Regular hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Friday, Sept. 9.

Tickets to the Perot Museum

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General admission for the Perot Museum is $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (2-17) and $13 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Admission to the theater is $6 for a short film (20 minutes) and $8 for a long film (40 minutes). For members, admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film). Films and general admission for children under 2 are free. For groups of 10 or more, call for special rates at 214-428-5555 ext. 8

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For parking information and other details, visit perotmuseum.org/summer or call 214-428-5555.

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