DALLAS MUSEUM OF NATIONAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE

April 6, 2013


This past week my wife and I traveled to Dallas to visit our youngest son, Ben.    He is a programmer, among other things, for AT&T.    Ben is a perfect host and purchased tickets for a mid-morning visit to the Museum of National History and Science, or the Perot Museum.    The museum opened its doors on December 1, 2012 and has enjoyed a tremendous number of visitors since that time.   Let’s take a look at several “bullets” and discover the general layout of the museum, then we will look at JPEGS showing several of the exhibits presented.

  • There are five (5) levels or floors, so bring your walking shoes.
    • Lower Level—Sports Hall, Auditorium, Moody Family Children’s museum, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall.
    • Level  1–  Hoagland Foundation Theater.
    •  Level  2—Being Human Hall, Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall,
    • Discovering Life Hall
    • Level 3—Tom Hunt Energy Hall, Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall.
    • Level 4—T.Boon Pickens, Life Then and Now Hall, Expanding Universe Hall.
    • Level  4M—Rose Hall of Birds
  • 180,000 square feet of floor space.
  •  170 feet tall, environmentally- friendly building that is itself an exhibit.
  • Eleven (11) permanent exhibit halls.
  • Children’s museum, including outdoor play space designed especially for children five years and younger.
  • Education wing with six learning labs.
  •  Green features, including a rainwater collection system, LED lighting and solar-powered water heating.

Now for the digital photographs:

Museum Building

 

The architecture is dramatic and I’m told the people of Dallas either love it or hate it—there is apparently no real in-between.  Personally, I think it’s striking and very much in-line with the architecture of other high-rise buildings in the general area.  The interior is spacious with space to house the most elaborate exhibit.

Space(2)

 

The exhibits are fashioned in a dramatic and lucid manner with stunning graphics.  I personally loved the presentations and it is very apparent much thought was given to layout and placement of each pictorial.  The one above is taken from the “Journey Through the Solar System” presentation located on Level 4.

The Final Fronter

 

The photo above shows additional “walls” of information describing our own planet and specifics involving rotation of the earth around the sun, the “neighbors” in our solar system, etc.  One of the most fascinating exhibits was describing the difference between mass and weight of an object.  Bowling balls were used to demonstrate the pull of gravity on Earth, our Moon, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, etc.  Very effectively done and one of the best examples of resourcefulness relative to presentations.  I wish I had these guys with me during my university days.

The fossil collection came from actual “digs” occurring in Texas.   The results are very informative.

Backbone

 

One of the only, if not the only, complete backbone ever discovered is given above.  Texas is very proud of this one.

Fosslis

 

Fosslil

 

Pre-historic Hall

 

Shown above is the main exhibit hall.  Most of the “big stuff” was positioned in this hall.

Shown below is one of my favorite.

Wooley Mamoth

 

An equally fascinating demonstration was the world population clock.  A little frightening to say the least.   The clock gave dire indications as to what energy would be needed as our world population increased above seven billion people.   Somewhat difficult to read from this JPEG but very dramatic in showing generation capacities needed to “fuel” a planet in ten, fifteen, twenty years.

 

 

World Population

 

A very “hands-on” exhibit was “Reading the Rocks”.

Reading the Rocks

 

At one time, the entire desert southwest was under water.   This resulted in a great variety of plant and animal life that eventually resulted in fossil deposits.

 

 

Fossil

 

Fossil

 

 Fossil

 

One of the very best things about the museum is the inter-action possible and the “hands-on” exhibits.  The Hall of Engineering is absolutely marvelous and instructional for the participants.  There were over one hundred school-age children working with robotic systems, earthquake simulation, magnetism, structural engineering modules, communication devices, and many other demonstrations.  This exhibit actually demonstrated what engineers do on a daily basis.

I can definitely recommend to you this museum but be aware of the fact that four to five hours will be needed to see all five floors of the museum, but you certainly will be much more informed for doing so. A good day at the very least.

Please feel free to comment.  Many thanks.

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3 Responses to “DALLAS MUSEUM OF NATIONAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE”

  1. CindyM Says:

    Thank you for the review. It is very informative.

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    • cielotech Says:

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