Science Lessons: Perot Museum

Glow-in-the-dark frogs crouch amid cypress trees on the landscaped plinth of the Perot Museum.

This army of luminous frogs, looking for all the world like something plucked from the imagination of Lewis Carroll, sets a playful tone for the exhibitions within Dallas’s new Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N. Field S., Dallas; 1-214/428-5555). Occupying a cube-shaped building designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Thom Mayne, the 16,000-square-meter museum is an ambitious—you could say Texas-size—tribute to the full spectrum of science, with 11 exhibit halls (including a children’s museum) dedicated to everything from cosmology and geology to extreme weather, engineering, dinosaur fossils, health, and bird life. Expect interactive experiences amid all the facts and artifacts: visitors can try to outrun a T. rex, program a simple robot, open a huge amethyst geode, and—this being Texas—explore a drilling rig. –David Tse

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2013 issue of DestinAsian (“Science Lessons”)

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