The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Museum of Nature & Science Breaks Ground on $185-Million Museum
Schematic designs were made by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne.

DALLAS, TX.- After years of planning and gathering donations ranging from a couple of dollars to millions, the Museum of Nature & Science celebrated "The Ultimate Dig" on Nov. 18 by breaking ground on the $185-million museum to be constructed at Victory Park.

Approximately 500 supporters gathered at the construction site 'with bulldozers ready to go' to watch as Perot family members, donors and Museum leaders turned cranks, flipped switches, pushed buttons and shoveled dirt, triggering a Rube Goldberg-inspired contraption into action. The device incorporated scientific elements of the museum (from T-Rex to geodes to planets), and ended with construction workers breaking 'symbolic' ground.

While the building’s schematic designs by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne were on display, today’s news conference focused on the visitor experience, while also paying tribute to the hundreds who’ve donated $127 million to date toward the expansion campaign goal of $185 million.

“Today’s groundbreaking on the Perot Museum of Nature & Science is the next major milestone toward opening the doors to a world-class facility, one designed for visitors to experience, interact and explore, get inspired and learn about science and the world around them,” said Frank-Paul King, Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Nature & Science.

In the spirit of 'learning by doing,' guests were provided a bag of items that illustrated scientific principles. Members of the Museum’s education staff explained the lessons behind each item, as guests enthusiastically put pinwheels into motion (kinetic energy and wind), balanced a tiny bird on their fingertips (center of gravity), lit up the room by wearing flashing LED glasses (diodes and energy), operated a noisy 'sparking' wheel (friction), and blew bubbles (surface tension and light waves).

Attending today’s ceremony were elected officials, members of the Dallas City Council, and past and present Museum leadership. Mayor Leppert, who is in China on a City of Dallas mission trip, delivered a videotaped message. Volunteers included Dallas ISD students from George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy and the School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center.

Also introduced were architect Thom Mayne, who was just named to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, and teams from the Museum’s three exhibit designers – Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design & Consulting, Austin; Science Museum of Minnesota; and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Key project team members attending were representatives from Balfour Beatty, general contractor; Talley & Associates, landscape architect; and Good Fulton & Farrell, consulting architect.

Visitor Experience
Located on a 4.7-acre site at the northwest corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street next to downtown Dallas, the 180,000-square-foot structure will be 170 feet tall, equivalent to approximately 14 stories high. The facility’s interior will include five floors of public space housing 10 permanent exhibition galleries, including a children’s museum and outdoor playspace/courtyard; an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent outdoor terrace with a downtown view; state-of- the art exhibition gallery designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions; an education wing equipped with six learning labs; a large-format, multi-media digital cinema with seating for 300; flexible-space auditorium; public café; retail store; visible exhibit workshops; and offices. Lastly, the building itself will be used as a “living” example of engineering, sustainability and technology at work.

Nicole G. Small, the Museum’s president and CEO, added that the goal for this “‘people’s museum’” is to become a place that entices everyone – from young mothers with pre-schoolers to lifelong learners and scholars – to return again and again because there is always something new to see, do and learn.

The exhibits will focus on earth’s life systems; physics and physiology through physical activity; ecologies past and present; being alive and human; and gems and minerals, to name a few. Exhibits will feature video; 3-D computer animation; thrilling, lifelike simulation; hands-on activities; interactive kiosks and dioramas; quizzes; tabletop landscapes; animated music videos; high-resolution, computer-generated flyovers; and more. Visitors can experience the museum in a variety of ways.

Families will be able to spend an entire afternoon outdoors – without buying a ticket – enjoying a picnic and exploring the forest and water features. Nearby workers or students may lunch in the café or relax on a park bench. Nighttime visitors may stop by for a movie, grab some dinner, or attend a lecture or reception in the lobby. The lobby area is free and open to the public; only interior exhibit areas and the theater will require paid admission.

Although there will be an enormous amount of content at the museum, visitors can choose to take their time or quickly enjoy the galleries. A classroom of students can take a whirl-wind tour of the entire building or spend an entire day in one gallery focusing on a single topic.

Museum’s mission is to “inspire minds through nature and science”
Small says the Museum’s mission – to inspire minds through nature and science – is reflected throughout the museum.

“Because the United States is expected to face a significant shortage of qualified science, math and technology professionals in the coming years, our ultimate goal is to create a museum that inspires children to become the next generation of scientists, physicians, engineers, mathematicians and technology pioneers,” said Small.

She adds that the galleries illustrate hundreds of careers children (and adults) can pursue – from geologists, environmentalists and aerospace engineers, to sports medicine physicians and video game creators.

“Science museums are very important. Many Nobel Prize winners will tell you their interest began when they first fell in love with a part of the human body, dinosaurs, space or electricity (for instance) while visiting a science museum,” said Small.

Gratitude to donors
“Today’s groundbreaking is possible because of the overwhelming generosity of hundreds of donors,” said Forrest Hoglund, who is spearheading the fundraising effort as Chairman of the Museum’s Leadership Committee. “Their reasons may vary, but all agree that a great city must have a great science museum.”

In May 2008, the children of Margot and H. Ross Perot made a $50 million gift in honor of their parents.

Others giving include at the $10 million level, Hunt Petroleum Corporation, The Hoglund Foundation & Family, T. Boone Pickens and the Rees-Jones Foundation. Gifts of $5 million have been made by the Honorable and Mrs. William P. Clements, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Rose, III. David, Emily and Catherine Corrigan contributed $ 2.5 million and making $1 million gifts are Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Beecherl, Jr.; The Eugene McDermott Foundation; ExxonMobil Corporation; Nancy B. Hamon; The Hersh Foundation; Kathryn Hiett Jordan; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation; The Rosewood Foundation; and the Texas Instruments Foundation.

Museum of Nature & Science | The Ultimate Dig | Victory Park |

Today's News

November 25, 2009

Joaquín Sorolla's "Barcas en la Playa" Doubles Low Estimate at Sotheby's Sale

Museo Reina Sofía Opens Exhibition by León Ferrari and Mira Schendel

Paul Delaroche Work "Ruined" in War Rescued for Show

First Edition of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' Sells for $170,569

101-Year-Old Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Back at Work

Edelman Arts Brings Alberto Giacometti's "Torse de Femme" to Art Miami 2009

One of a Kind Donation from Nedko Solakov to Mathildenhohe Darmstadt

Museum of Nature & Science Breaks Ground on $185-Million Museum

Google to Document and Post Online Iraqi Museum Treasures

"CO2 Cubes: United Nations Project to Visualize a Ton of Change"

King Kong Realises $200,305 at Christie's South Kensington

PINTA 2009 Confirms that Latin American Art has Carved Out Its Space

Vintage Poster Market Proves as Strong as Ever at Poster Auctions International

N.C. Museum of Art Announces Exhibition for Reopening November 2010

Eight Popular Comedies by Italian Director Dini Risi Exemplify His Sharp-Witted Humor in Exhibition

Kunsthaus Zurich to Present the Work of Painter and Poet Salomon Gessner

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche on Display for Holiday Season at Metropolitan Museum

December Natural History Auction to Feature the Ed Francis Collection of Human Artifacts

The J. Paul Getty Museum Observes Day Without Art

Charis Wilson, Edward Weston's Muse, Dies at 95

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

Related Stories

Denver Museum Prepares for Next Steps in Scientific Analysis of the Ice Age Fossil Site

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Excavation Crews Unearth a Spectacular Bison Skull and Horns at the Snowmass Village

First Week of Excavation Reveals Exceptionally-Preserved Ice Age Ecosystem

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful