The Dallas Perot Museum of Science and Nature

Bob Borson —  November 19, 2012 — 9 Comments

I had the good fortune to tour the new Morphosis designed Perot Museum of Science and Nature last week – two weeks before it opens to the public. As an architect I can appreciate the design ideas behind what is essentially a large cube floating over a landscape plinth… but as exciting as it is for Dallas to add another amazing building designed by a Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, it is the inside of the building and the exhibits that have me most excited. I am really looking forward to bringing my family to the museum … repeatedly.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Mark Knight Photography

Architect Thom Mayne - Dallas Perot Nature and Science Museum (photo by Bob Borson)

“The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a gift to the City of Dallas. It is a fundamentally public building – a building that opens up, belongs to and activates the city.

Thom Mayne – 2005 Prtizker Architecture Prize Laureate

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Perot Nature and Science - Plaza at night - Mark Knight Photography .

Science Park with leap-frog forest - Mark Knight Photography

Because its mission is to “inspire minds through nature and science,” the Perot Museum fully embraces the natural world and the manmade world, focusing on earth and space sciences, life and natural sciences, chemistry, physical sciences and engineering. The new building itself becomes an active tool for science education. By integrating architecture, nature, and technology, the building demonstrates scientific principles and will be used as a teaching tool that provides “living” examples of engineering, sustainability and technology at work. Building on the Museum’s commitment to resource conservation, the new building integrates a variety of sustainable strategies including a rainwater collection system that will capture run-of water from the roof and parking lot, satisfying 74% of the Museum’s non-potable water needs and 100% of it’s irrigation needs.

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Atrium looking up - Mark Knight Photography

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Escalator entry in main lobby 2 - Mark Knight Photography

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Escalator entry in main lobby 1 - Mark Knight Photography

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Elevators - Mark Knight Photography

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Glass-encased escalator overlooking downtown Dallas - Mark Knight Photography

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The 180,000-square-foot museum will feature 5 floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls, including a children’s museum complete with outdoor plat space/courtyard, and a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions. Other highlights include an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent rooftop deck; a multi-media, 3D digital cinema with seating for 298; a flexible-space auditorium ; a cafe; and a Museum shop.

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Moody Family Children's Museum - Mark Knight Photography

T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall 2 - Mark Knight Photography

T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall 3 - Mark Knight Photography

Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall - Mark Knight Photography

Discovering Life Hall - Mark Knight Photography

Being Human Hall - Mark Knight Photography

Expanding Universe Hall - Mark Knight Photography

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I have included the maps to the building that you can access by clicking on the following link:

Perot Museum of Science and Nature Levels Maps

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Hours:

The Perot Museum will operate year round Monday through Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

General admission to the exhibit halls will be $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admmision to the theater will be $8 for adults, students, seniors and children.

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So what do your think? Interested in coming to Dallas and making a day of it? I promise that you will enjoy yourself.

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  • Chris

    having worked at Morphosis the last two summers, MNS was a a great discussion piece in the studio as the project was under construction. The simple cube with the formal complexity of the plinth is great combination

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  • Jon

    Will add it to the list for when i visit next year (from Australia!)

    PS- I’m a long time reader Bob, keep it up!

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  • Randall e Secrest

    For an incredible period I have marveled at Mr Ross Perot… The Museum honoring him and his beloved wife is truly fitting. Ross Perot has never allowed challenges to flummox him in any challenging situation. If the government could not be of service, Mr. Perot achieved the challenge by taking action himself. Furthermore, he also desired to take on the challenge of a shaky government service, only to be denied… However, rather than the current financially challenged situation, Ross Perot would have created a profitable circumstance rather than a “What can you do for me”, service. In closing, congratulations to the Perot family, may Eternity be your both now and forever!

  • Caitlin Walsh

    Great images, thanks Bob for sharing! And thanks for not getting too much into the meaning of the exterior architecture, it was refreshing to read in the first paragraph that you just want to take your family there!

    – Caitlin, GPI Design

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Thanks for chiming in Caitlin! Even as verbose as I can be, even I know when looking at pictures is enough.

      Cheers

  • http://twitter.com/nickjthorn Nick Thorn

    What a wonderful addition to Dallas. I know I’ll be making a visit when I’m in town for Christmas. Thanks for sharing; wonderful pictures as always, Bob.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Thanks Nick – you will love it. Be prepare to spend a long time there