The $185m Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, US, has opened following ten years of planning and three years of construction.
Designed by Thorn Mayne and his company Morphosis Architects, the 14-storey museum is located on a 4.7-acre site at 2201 N. Field St., north of Dallas and in Victory Park.
The 180,000ft² museum has been named in honour of Margot and Ross Perot and his family who had offered a $50m gift for the construction of the museum.
The museum features five floors of public space with 11 exhibit halls and a children’s museum with outdoor play space/courtyard, as well as a hall designed to host travelling exhibitions.
It also houses a glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent rooftop deck, a multi-media, 3D digital cinema with seating capacity for 298 people, an auditorium, a cafe and a museum shop.
The lower level of the structure features the Moody Family Children’s Museum, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, Sports Hall and six learning labs.
The Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, Sports Hall features 7,500ft² space designed to meet environmental controls related to humidity and temperature.
The Second level houses the Discovering Life Hall, Being Human Hall and Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall.
Level 3 features the Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, and Tom Hunt Energy Hall.
Level 4 features the Expanding Universe Hall, T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall and Rose Hall of Birds.
Sustainable features of the museum include a rainwater collection system, which will capture run-off water from the roof and parking lot.
The Perot Museum expects to attain three environmental designations, which include LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council, Green Globes Certification from the Green Building Initiative and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
Image: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science features five floors of public space with 11 exhibit halls and a children’s museum. Photo: courtesy of Perot Museum of Nature and Science.