New Dallas museum set to open December

November 18, 2012 by  

December 1 will see the opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. Visitors to the museum will be able to race against a Tyrannosaurus Rex, experience an earthquake, and program a robot. The Chief Executive Officer of the museum, Nicole G. Small, states that the museum will provide hands-on experiences for people of all ages.

A donation of $50m was made by the children of Ross and Margot Perot on behalf of their parents. The museum has been named in their honor. Carolyn Perot Rathjen, the daughter of Ross and Margot, is the chair for the museum’s board of directors. The donation was to honor the couple and express thanks to the city on behalf of all the family.

Private donations have funded the $185m project, which consists of five floors and covers 180,000 square feet. The floor of the lobby is encased by glass walls so that visitors can admire the landscaping. An escalator, which is 54 feet long, has been built in a glass tube and travels on the exterior of the building, providing panoramic views for visitors. A musical staircase takes visitors downstairs so that they can experience racing against a cheetah or running back for Dallas Cowboys Felix Jones.

Although the museum isn’t due to open until December 1, it is likely that catalog printing has already been outsourced to a reputable printing company, so that people are aware of the opening and the facilities to be discovered there.