DALLAS (Jan. 20, 2015) – Calling it the next generation of “amaze-your-brain” fun, the spring line-up for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is in full bloom with a jam-packed array for everyone from tots and teens to grown-ups. The must-see stop of the season will be the Museum’s next traveling exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, where literature’s most famous sleuth inspires visitors to become detectives, using hands-on forensic techniques and tools to solve a baffling crime. Opening Feb. 14, the bilingual exhibition calls upon guests to assist Sherlock Holmes in following a trail of clues and recording the evidence using the detective’s influential investigative techniques that originated more than a century ago and are still used today.
As winter wraps up and spring takes over, visitors can enjoy a bevy of brain-ilicious diversion including Engineers Week (Feb. 23-27); the ever-popular Spring Break Discovery Camps (March 9-13); 3D films DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (opening March 6), Tornado Alley 3D, Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland, and Robots 3D; two adults-only Social Science events; special free-with-admission activities like the family-favorite second Saturday Discovery Days or extended hours First Thursday Late Nights and more. And during Spring Break week from March 7-15, museumgoers can take advantage of extended hours and special programs to ensure time to see it all.
This spring’s headliner is The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes:
Beyond the collections and exhibit halls, films and traveling shows, the Perot Museum strives to make every visit fresh and exciting with a collection of programs for everyone from grownups down to the youngest explorers:
· Social Science (Jan. 23 and April 17 from 7-11 p.m.) –; Grab a date, get the girls together and leave the kiddos with a sitter, and explore the Perot Museum in an adults-only atmosphere. Sip a cocktail, catch a performance and engage in a quirky mix of innovative experiments, current research, engaging discussions and unique inventions. Dates and themes are Jan. 23 (Mixology, SOLD OUT) and April 17 (Mysterious). Social Science is presented by Riveron Consulting. Must be 21 with a valid ID. Tickets are $13 for members and $18 for non-members.
· Sleepovers (Jan. 30, March 27, April 24, May 8 – for girls only – and May 29) –; Doze with the dinosaurs and dream big at the uber-popular “night at the Museum” sleepovers. Go behind the scenes at the Perot Museum with after-hours access to intriguing exhibits, exclusive demonstrations and hands-on discovery – with a late-night snack, 3D film and light breakfast to round out the experience! Designed especially for children ages 6-12. Cost is $45 per child and $30 per adult chaperone.
· First Thursday Late Night (Feb. 5, March 5, April 2 and May 7 from 7-9 p.m.) –; On the first Thursday of each month, the Perot Museum stays open until 9 p.m. with themed activities. Try out the latest new technology gizmos, participate in a fun social experiment, discover groundbreaking research, experience dynamic performances or even make your own creation. Come early and stay late! Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 5 (Pandemics), March 5 (Clue), April 2 (Forensics) and May 7 (Myth). Fun for all ages and free with general admission.
· Discovery Days (Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) – The family-fun Discovery Days, presented by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds, takes science up a notch with interactive family fun while exploring scientific themes the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with exclusive activities during member-only hours. Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 14 (Inventions), March 14 (Junior Detectives), April 11 (Earth) and May 9 (Junior Paleontologists). Free with admission.
· Countries, Cultures and Kids (Feb. 15 and March 21 from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Lower Level Auditorium) – Cultural holidays celebrated around the world provide wonderful opportunities to help young children ages 2-6 (siblings welcome) to embrace and value the things that make each person unique. Join us each month to hear a story or meet a special guest and create a craft to explore a world of people and places. Dates and themes for the spring season are Feb. 15 (Celebrate Chinese New Year) and March 21 (Animals Around the World). Free with admission. Countries, Cultures and Kids is sponsored by Primrose Schools.
· Engineers Week (Feb. 23-28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Build, break, create! Students, educators and families alike are invited to explore the field of engineering first-hand through interactive demonstrations, experiments and gallery experiences with professional engineers, educators and a special appearance by a NASA astronaut. Engineer’s Week is presented by Raytheon and supported by Lockheed Martin, IBM and Cisco. Fun for all ages and free with admission.
· Discovery Camp and Discovery Camp, Jr. (March 9-13) –; During Spring Break, kids in grades K-6 can practice their detective skills with problem-solving activities at week-long, full-day Discovery Camp: Super Sleuth Science, plus little ones ages 3-4 can partake in week-long, half-day Discovery Camp, Jr.: Texas Tails, Tales and Trails. Kids will engage in interactive experiences focused on investigation and exploration with hands-on science experiments and creative projects led by expert camp instructors.Perot Museum member sign up now underway, non-members sign up begins Jan. 31.
· Story Time Under the Stars (Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 2 p.m. in the Forum, Lower Level) – Although the city lights can wash the brilliance of the night sky, children ages 4-6 and their adult companions can experience children’s literature and a brief tutorial on the moon, stars and constellations, all under a shining starry sky in the Perot Museum’s popular Portable Universe planetarium, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Free with admission, but space limited to 12 children and 12 adults per program. (Reservations required; sign up online, or walk-ups accepted as space allows). Story Time Under the Stars is sponsored by Primrose Schools.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge along with purchase of general exhibits admission for a total admission cost of $29 for adults (18-6), $23 for seniors (65+) and $21 for youth (2-17). Member tickets are $8 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (2-17). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.
PAID PARKING. General parking and handicap parking is available in the main Museum parking lot, a pay-to-exit lot located under Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from the Museum. Limited additional handicap and hybrid/electric vehicle parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located directly west of the Museum. Pricing is $8 per car when paid on-site (at box office, ticket kiosks or upon exiting the lot) and $3 for Museum members (at box office or lobby kiosk only).
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. A top destination for North Texans and tourists alike, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through breathtaking collections, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays that expose visitors to a hands-on world of ideas and concepts. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.