Program areas at Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has a rich history as a research and collection institution, as well as a hands-on, interactive center for exploration and discovery. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened december 1, 2012, continues to strive to achieve our mission to "inspire minds through Nature and Science" through a wide variety of activities including in-depth permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, interactive discovery stations, onsite school programs, school outreach programs, summer camps, films and weekend activities for adults, children, and families. In response to covid-19, the Perot Museum closed its doors march 2020 and quickly transitioned to providing interactive virtual and off-site programming. In september 2020, the Museum opened with public-health protocols, reduced hours and occupancy. During fiscal year 2020, the Museum served over 473,000 visitors through on-site visits and digital programming, including over 123,000 school-aged children. The Perot Museum is a result of a successful $185 million capital campaign to unite three institutions (the dallas Museum of natural history, the Science place, and the dallas children's Museum) into one amazing interactive building.
The Perot Museum opened a new collections facility in march 2020, allowing the Museum's collections to be consolidated into one, state-of-the-art facility. This facility provides ample lab and work spaces to support continued research of the collections. In addition, Perot Museum partners with local and regional organizations such as the upper trinity regional water district to provide training and consulting for fossil preservation.
Education is the core of our mission and underpins all of our activities. The Perot Museum is dedicated to improving Science and math literacy, improving empirical thinking skills, and engendering an understanding of the world's natural processes by encouraging children to pursue careers as scientists, educators, researchers and engineers. The Museum provides hands-on, problem based learning programs for school children in grades pre-k to 12 that support the Texas essential knowledge and skills (teks) standards. To ensure accessibility to Perot Museum programs, particularly students who are in at-risk neighborhoods, the Museum provides financial aid with funds contributed by individuals, corporations and foundations for this purpose. The Museum provides programs (digital, on-site and off-site) to the north Texas community. Our public program offerings include Science camps, adult programs, and activities for children and families which appeal to audiences of all ages, ethnicity and economic means. As covid-19 paused many educational efforts, the Museum expanded its offerings to include virtual training and programming. During fiscal year 2020, the Museum provided over 92 educational programs which served over 157,000 constituents, which were mostly school-aged children.