Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Back in July, my darling and dear friend Dina and I ventured over to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science one afternoon during her trip to Texas to escape the sweltering Texas heat.

It was over 110ºF that day. Really freaking hot.

photo 1The Perot Museum is every child’s – and parent’s for that matter – dream. The museum has everything from prehistoric poop (pictured above) to oil drills.

So when I say it “has everything everything”, please know that I really do mean everything.

Dina and I particularly enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits, the exhibit on gemstones, and the – highly interactive – exhibit on engineering and the modern age.

photo 4photo 4-1A few things I must admit about our trip to the museum:

  1. The reconstructions of dinosaurs and other fossils absolutely terrified me. I am the most easily terrified person essentially ever. For some odd reason, I have recurring nightmares about dinosaurs (and that’s reason numero uno why I never saw Jurassic Park), so you can probably imagine my [laughable] behavior while going through the dinosaur exhibits.
  2. Dina was like a kid in a candy store in the gemstones exhibit. I know, you’re surprised I wasn’t as well… I like my gemstones well-cut and in jewelry formation though!
  3. If Dina was a kid in a candy store in the gemstones exhibit, then the two of us were winners of the golden ticket in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in the engineering exhibit. Dina and I both studied engineering in undergrad (and, coincidentally, neither of us are currently practicing as engineers), so any show of technology always gets the two of us excited. Like jumping-up-and-down-might-pee-my-pants excited. We both stated multiple times how fun it would be if we were able to visit the museum after-hours, so then we (aka not the children) could get a chance to play with everything in the exhibit. I’m thinkin’ it could be the best place for a party!

photo 2photo 5The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is open Monday through Saturday, from 10AM until 5PM, and Sundays, noon till 5PM. Additionally, on the first Thursday of every month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9PM for their special “late night” hours.

Cost of entry to the museum is relatively cheap: $15 for adults between the ages of 18 and 64, $12 for young adults between the ages of 12 and 17 as well as seniors aged 65 or older, and then $10 for children under 11 years old. However, all of those prices go to zilch / zero / nada if you become a member of the museum (as a member, you also get exclusive members-only hours and events).

If you have children, babysit children, or consider yourself an overgrown child (no judgement), I definitely recommend making a trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science next time you have a few free hours.

Better yet: leave the kids at home.