Have a dino-mite time at the Perot Museum


Sophomores Lauren Crook, Adalia Hayes, Kristin Gooding and River Minor enjoyed the Perot Museum during Thanksgiving break.

Kristin Gooding, Writer

If you’re looking for something to do this upcoming winter break, I would highly recommend going to the Perot Museum’s, “Ultimate Dinosaurs,” before it closes January 6.

The exhibit is home to 17 rare species of dinosaurs including the Eoraptor and Giganotosaurus. I’m a dinosaur fanatic so I was incredibly interested in all the different species and how similar yet different some dinosaurs are. Even my friend who isn’t really into dinosaurs thought it was cool to see all the fossils around the exhibit.

The exhibit is educational giving all of the vital statistics about the dinosaur but it’s also interactive with different stations and activities scattered around the exhibit.

My favorite interactive activity was the screens positioned by the dinosaur fossils.  If you lift the screen where the fossil is located, the screen shows you how the dinosaur looked in real life.

Throughout the exhibit, there are different stamp stations set up for visitors to learn more about dinosaurs and prehistoric times to become a “certified junior paleontologist.” Even though the stamp stations are targeted towards children, my friends and I had a blast when we turned it into a competition.

While you’re at the Perot museum I would definitely check out the new Paleo Lab in the Life Then and Now Hall.

The Paleo Lab gives guests a first-hand experience in what paleontologists do after they dig up fossils on location. Visitors can watch the paleontologists carefully remove rock from the bones from behind the glass or on one of the TV monitors.

I was bummed when I figured out that guests can’t do some of the work, but I was amazed by how time-consuming it is and the amount of work that gets put into processing fossils. As someone who once wanted to be a paleontologist, getting a close-up look of what they do after they get the fossils was quite captivating to me.

Atop of the Paleo Lab is a complete reconstruction of a Nanuqsaurus hoglundi discovered by the Perot museum’s vice president of collections and research, Dr. Anthony Fiorillo, This is the only whole reconstruction of this dinosaur in the world.

Even if you’re not a huge dinosaur fan there are 10 other permanent exhibits throughout the Perot to explore. It’s definitely worth it because you’re learning while having fun and making memories with friends and family.

The Perot Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. The “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit is $7 in addition to the general admission ticket price.