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Thom Mayne-designed Perot Museum of Nature and Science to open December 1 in Dallas
The $185-million museum, designed by Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis, was scheduled to open early 2013.
DALLAS, TX.- Museum leaders announced today that the $185-million Perot Museum of Nature and Science, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and Morphosis Architects, will open Saturday, December 1, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 2.

The Dallas museum has been named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50-million gift announced in May 2008 by their adult children – Ross Perot, Jr.; Nancy Perot; Suzanne McGee; Carolyn Rathjen; and Katherine Reeves. The Museum is in the final stages of construction on a 4.7-acre site at 2201 N. Field St., just north of downtown Dallas.

“The Perot Museum brings together a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, a bold and innovative landscape architect, and some of the world’s best exhibit designers. They’ve created a leading-edge, very high-tech, mind-shaping experience for everyone – from infants and toddlers, to students and scholars, to novices and lifelong learners,” said Nicole G. Small, The Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

The overall building mass is conceived as a large cube floating over the site’s landscaped plinth (or base). The plinth is landscaped with an acre of rolling roofscape comprised of rock and native drought-resistant grasses that reflects Texas’s indigenous landscape and demonstrates a living system that will evolve naturally over time. The landscape architecture was created by Dallas-based Talley Associates.

Because its mission is to “inspire minds through nature and science,” the Perot Museum fully embraces the natural world and the manmade world, focusing on earth and space sciences, life and natural sciences, chemistry, physical sciences and engineering.

The 180,000-square-foot museum will feature five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls, including a children’s museum complete with outdoor play space/courtyard, and a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions. Other highlights include an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent rooftop deck; a multi-media, 3-D digital cinema with seating for 297; a flexible-space auditorium; a café; and a retail store.

The $185-million fundraising goal – which provided for the site acquisition, exhibition planning and design, construction of the new building, education programs and an endowment – was achieved November 2011, more than a year before the Museum’s scheduled opening.

The Perot Museum expects to attain three environmental designations – LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Globes Certification from the Green Building Initiative, (separate from the Green Building Council), which focuses on a wide range of sustainable issues including operations; and the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which emphasizes landscape and site design.

Beginning December 1, the Perot Museum will operate year round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Please check the website for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.

General admission is $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for students (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $8 for adults, students, seniors and children. Combo admission to the exhibit halls and theater is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $15 for children. For members, general exhibit hall admission always will be free, and theater admission will be $6 for member adults, students, seniors and children. (NOTE: Some traveling exhibits may have a surcharge.) Parking will be available for a nominal fee in nearby lots.

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