Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Photos: Museum of Nature & Science in Victory Park takes shape
We got to peek at it from the 17th story of a nearby building.
DALLAS A hall of students racing robots, testing LED lights, and constructing mock bridges on Tuesday is only a small slice of the activities that the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science will have when it opens in early 2013. If the students' contagious enthusiasm was any indication, the new museum located in Victory Park will be a fun place.
The museum has raised $156 million of their $185 million goal, and officials announced on Tuesday that Dallas-based Texas Instruments gave $4.4 million and will have a hall named after them in the museum. Texas Instruments joins a list of well-known Dallas donors like the Perot children, Hunt Petroleum Corporation, T. Boone Pickens, Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, and others.
From the 17th floor patio of Park Seventeen, an unfinished building near the museum construction site, we could see the 180,00 square foot museum take shape. The architect, Thom Mayne, has created a whimsical design for the building, which has an escalator encased in a glass tube that juts out of the side of the building, as well as a partial roof with an acre of landscaping on top (see the rendering below). Mayne "dared to be bold and unforgettable," said museum CEO Nicole Small.
Several speakers on Tuesday talked about the need for students to become interested in math and science, and to someday work in those fields. One museum educator said she hoped the museum will "inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers."
The Museum of Nature & Science that is currently in Fair Park will continue to be affiliated with the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Victory Park. Once the new museum opens, the former facility will be used for research and education, though its exact role is still being ironed out, Small said. The dioramas in that building -- too large to transport -- will stay intact in the Fair Park location. "They are a really important part of Dallas history," Small said.
Here's how the building is supposed to look when it's finished:
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