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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Invited Us To Visit, So We Did, and We Liked It

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science invited the city’s media elite / anyone they could scrape together that wasn’t doing actual work to tour their stone edifice today. Tim, Zac, Liz, and I went to this morning’s session; a corduroyed arts editor was seen heading for the 11 a.m. session.

In short, it’s a great museum, well worth your time, and opens December 1. We spent less than two hours in the exhibit halls but could’ve spent three times that. Here’s some photos, so you can feel like you were there:

My new best friend. I’ll call him Leonard Foxytail, and he’ll teach me to love again, and then, eventually, about loss and grieving.
Alternate title: T. Boone’s Hall o’ Dinosaurs, Which, When Decomposed, Crushed, and Transformed, Run America
Zac, learning to fly in the 3D hawk simulator. Cue Tom Petty.
I like to think I’m above average.
My second new best friend is James, but he goes by J-BONE. He’ll teach me how to “Lighten up, brah,” and enjoy the softer side of life, which mostly includes barbiturate use and sex with older women.
“Oooooooo baby Y’ALL LIKE OIL? How about cheap oil, from right here in Tejas? I’m John Barnett, kids, and I’m gonna teach you how the LIBERAL MEDIA has distorted the facts on fracturing.”
  • heels

    so no dinosaurs then?

  • Tim Rogers

    1. Bradford is right. The fracking videos were insane. You walk through the museum, and it goes something like this: science, science, science, nature, science, PROPAGANDA. It’s actually quite funny.

    2. In the Expanding the Universe Hall, listen for the certain crooked-nosed, blond narrator of the first video installation. Excellent choice, Perot Museum brass. Well played.

    3. The contrast between this joint and what we had in Fair Park is stunning.

    4. Today, like Bradford said, we only spent about an hour and half touring the thing. We practically ran through it. I did the following: flew through the universe in a video thing that made me dizzy, stood on ground that simulated an earthquake, stuck my hand in a real (small) tornado, shot various objects out of a 20-foot tall column of air, did some really bad hip-hop dancing that projected on a screen, made fun of Bradford as he tried to do with a weather forecast against a green screen, programmed a robot, did a mashup of birdsongs, played a xylophone, and got my sneakers wet while jumping across a stream. I’m sure I’m forgetting something. I could easily spend all day there. My kids could spend the rest of their lives there.

    5. Buy a family membership. Don’t even think twice about it. This is something you’ll want to bring the kids to repeatedly. Admission for two adults ($30) with two children ($20) will run you $50. A year’s family membership is $100. You will want to take the family more than twice.

    6. Full disclosure for Jim Schutze: my wife has done work for the museum, back before the name “Perot” was on the building. Also, they fed me two miniature burritos today, prepared by Wolfgang’s outfit, which will do the food at the museum. I didn’t pay for the miniature burritos.

  • mynameisbill

    Mr.Schutze is already typing away at a new article for the DO tying together your visit to the museum, Highland Park rape culture and his hatred for Lance Armstrong. I’m sure it’ll be titled ‘something something angry old white conservative guys something something’, so don’t get confused when you peruse thru the Unfair Park blogs.

  • Adam

    “The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their lives.”

    Okay, this place is a museum? For, like, teaching our children and whatnot? If so, then how does a sentence like the one above literally get itself cut into metal? The grammar is horrible. It’s barely even English. Exactly how many “lives” does an average person get these days? I could have sworn we each got just one. How about:

    “The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of his or her life.”

    Or, better still:

    “The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs per year.”

  • Jim Schermbeck

    It’s unfortunate the museum sold its soul in exchange for a promotional piece about fracking. This has been going on for years now in Fort Worth and makes the institutions involved seem very small-minded indeed. It’s also a shame for public policy, because we really do need a full scientific airing of all the risks and benefits of fracking, especially in urban areas.