Previewing the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, from A to Z
A natural choice, the Museum has partnered with National Geographic to offer movies and presentations like Meerkats 3-D.
You can study a ton of birds in this place. You can even design your very own bird species by selecting attributes from six different touch-screen stanchions.
Obviously the name on the building belongs to the Perots; the family's gift of $50 million paved the way for the project. Board of Directors Chair Carolyn Perot Rathjen describes the gift as a way for Margot and Ross Perot's five children to honor their parents and celebrate the city of Dallas.
You'll have them. That's just fine. There are experts and museum staff and interactive learning elements bursting with answers.
On media day, we watched the 3D Sizzle Reel in the Hoglund Foundation Theater. While it tends to belabor the traditional movie theater experience, 3D technology feels right at home here. Don't miss the monsters.
A child-sized version of the Dallas Skyline invites little ones to climb over, around and through.
Tornadoes and earthquakes.
Experience two forms of Mother Nature's wrath firsthand inside the Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall. I rode the earthquake from "Mild" to "Extreme" (or as I call it, "Apocalyptic.")
You can start on the first floor and work your way up, but most recommend that you start aboard that iconic escalator, head up to the fourth floor and work your way back down.
Technology is paramount, obviously, in the big gray box. So interactivity and virtual reality abounds throughout the exhibit halls. Look for everything from musical stairs to birds you control with your arms to wooden tiles that flip when you move.
The famous chef is at the helm of the culinary program at Perot, from café choices to catered events.
Outside as museum-goers make their way to the entrance, they'll find a giant, blue "Musical Forest" with a xylophone just begging to be played.
Yowza, that's a lot of money!
Yes, $185 million dollars -- all of them donated -- were spent to put the Perot Museum on the map.
Or perhaps more specifically, taxidermied zoology. There's a lot of stuffed creatures, furry and feathered, throughout the Museum.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opens its doors to the public on Saturday, December 1.