Yesterday, media members were invited to poke around the Perot Museum of Nature and Science ahead of its Dec. 1 opening to the public. Essentially this meant romping, child-like, amid five levels of immense and interactive hands-on exhibits of all stripes, aimed at teaching about everything from dinosaurs to basic computer programming.
Inside, the 180,000-square-foot facility just off Woodall Rogers doesn’t seem as expansive as it looks from outside. But there were a ton of attention-getting educational doodads to please kiddos and adults alike — my favorites included a machine you could stand on that simulated an earthquake; a touchable faux tornado; and a science lab for isolating cheek cells under a microscope.
The $185 million museum built entirely with private donations has five floors of public space and stands about 14 stories high. The lobby floor of the distinctive building located on almost 5 acres just north of downtown has open glass walls so visitors can look out into the landscaping. Continue reading