World-class science museum dazzles in Dallas debut

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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DALLAS — The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has been under construction in downtown Dallas since 2009.

It opened on Saturday with bands playing and women literally dancing on the side of the distinctive building.

Ross Perot led a cheer of "Hip, hip, hooray!" as he opened the museum that bears his name. He donated $50 million to make the 180,000 square foot building possible.

Inside is what Perot believes will help lead North Texas youngsters into the future.

"I was just totally focused on the fact that I wanted young people, children, and junior and high school and even before that time to still have an understanding of science and engineering in our country," Perot said.

To mark the big event, there was the usual ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Mike Rawlings helping wield the oversized scissors.

But there was also the unexpected. People craned their necks and watched in awe as two women performed a dance on the side of the building, suspended by ropes.

"I think it's too good to be true, and I'm amazed people were able to create this," Perot gushed. "It's exactly what it should be."

Perot and the museum's co-founders say it was a passion for science and technology that compelled them to build this. Now, they hope the exhibits will ignite passion in children to learn.

There are dinosaur halls created by the very people who dug up the bones, along with interactive exhibits and eleven permanent exhibit halls.

"No telling which one of them will develop an idea and later become a Nobel laureate, discovering a new cure in medicine; or something involved in engineering, or technology, or science, or art or the outdoors," said museum co-founder Trevor Rees-Jones Jr.

While the Perot Musuem is designed to teach, in the end, its benefactors just want people to have fun.

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