Friday, January 18, 2013
Want to visit Dallas’ very popular Perot Museum? Buy tickets online
Or risk being turned away at the door.
DALLAS The Dallas community has welcomed the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with open arms. So much, in fact, that most weekends, the building sports a big “SOLD OUT” sign in the front promenade.
About 175,000 patrons visited the Perot Museum since the opening on December 1, 26,000 of who bought memberships, according to museum data.
Tickets to the exhibit halls are sold with a preordained time of attendance, cut out in 30-minute blocks. The cap for 30-minute intervals is about 350 people, but that fluctuates depending on the time and day. Considering the museum opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sundays, that means more than 7,700 patrons peruse the 180,000 square feet of exhibit space on a sold-out weekend.
Officials at the museum have two points of advice for those looking to attend: Buy early and come early. The Perot sold out frequently over the winter holidays and does so on most weekends, which is why representatives encourage people to buy their tickets online, in advance, for one of the specified times.
Failure to purchase tickets ahead of time means visitors risk being turned away at the door as early as noon, according to museum staff. Museum CEO Nicole Small told The Dallas Morning News in December the system is meant to prevent overcrowding and enhance the customer experience.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-11, and $12 for seniors. (There are no additional fees when buying a ticket online.) Those interested in using the theater must pay an extra $5-$8 for a ticket. Parking costs $6.
If the museum is sold out, members are not allowed in. Members, too, need a physical ticket for entry, meaning they must book online or in person for one of the available time slots. Parking is $3 for members, however, and they must purchase a voucher to show the parking lot attendant before they leave the museum.
Except for Martin Luther King Day, the Perot has extended hours as listed below. Remember, buy tickets in advance.
- Friday, January 18: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (not counting the Social Science event in the evening, also sold out)
- Saturday, January 19: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Sunday, January 20: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Monday, January 21 (MLK Day): 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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