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The Weekly Update: The Perot Museum

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community:

DrK 3As a FiR, I have the pleasure of planning outings for our community that combine intellectual and leisure aspects for our residents. DrK 1A recent example is an afternoon trip downtown to visit the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Nineteen students, an RA, and our RCD (Residential Community Director) traveled with me via DART to the Pearl St Station, where we debarked and walked to the museum via the Arts District. This was a good way for students to learn how to use DART to get to destinations such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Wylie Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, and others. We also walked through the new and amazing Klyde Warren Deck Park on the way to the Perot. This is a great way to see some of the spectacular Dallas architecture.

At the Perot, we spent two hours exploring the museum in small groups. A scavenger hunt was included as an option, which really challenged students to look in every nook and cranny for exhibits and items. There were many popular displays, including the many dinosaur skeletons, gems and minerals, exhibits on outer space and our galaxy, brain science, and others.DrK 2 A number of items and exhibits were sponsored by or on loan from SMU, and some students even recognized some SMU professors linked to the exhibits as their instructors this semester!

Because the museum has so many great resources, a number of students said they would like to return again in the future to see more and introduce their friends to this great Dallas resource. I look forward to my next visit to the Perot!

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