In 2006, the Dallas Museum of Natural History and The Science Place merged into one institution. The Natural History Museum, ... More
Museum of Nature and Science
In 2006, the Dallas Museum of Natural History and The Science Place merged into one institution. The Natural History Museum, founded in 1936, is collections-based and research-driven. It has a vast collection of rare and extinct wildlife; rocks and minerals; and the first mounted dinosaur in Texas. Archaeologists and paleontologists ensure the continued growth of each intricate exhibit as well as a deeper understanding of what it represents. Permanent exhibits include a paleontology lab, a wildlife diorama, Lagoon Nature Walk, and Prehistoric Texas. The Science Place, founded in 1946 as the Dallas Health Museum, takes a hands-on approach to learning. Exhibits include a dental gallery, dinosaur dig, physics gallery, medical gallery, electric theater and laser lab. The planetarium produces programs exploring the far reaches of space. The IMAX theater features true adventures in a larger-than-life format.
My 9y/o enjoyed the planetarium but I expected more. The seats were tattered and the screen is pretty small. The children's part of the museum was amazing. The rest was so so. The museum is interactive but mostly videos or simple push a button and watch. I expected more for the price. Great place for children, terrible place for your wallet. Didn't visit IMAX but wish I had. My 13y/o neice (who enjoys science) was bored and stated she has been to bigger museums. Save your money and visit the Museum of Art and the sculpture museum.
My two boys loved the children's part of the museum. My eldest has asked to go back every day for the last week.
The main part of the museum for adults leaves a lot to be desired in terms of Nature and Science, but the children's museum is well worth the money if you have younger children to keep occupied.
My boyfriend and I went to this museum and neither one of us were impressed the least bit. I was really looking forward to going to this place, but it was very disappointing to see that there were almost no authentic displays. Also, just about every single one of the hands on exhibits were broken and outdated. It cost way too much for very little. I would not recommend this museum.
The price for me, my husband and our daughter to tour both the natural history, and science museum and see a Imax movie was only 40$, and I consider that a good deal, considering it took us all day to look thru both museums, the gift store was kind of Lame, mostly stuffed animals, which is something I would have expected from a Zoo but not the museum. Didnt have much as far as cool science related things. We went to see the Imax Dinasours Alive, not that great, the theater is COOL, but the show kinda was for the Older crowd, and my daughter didnt think it was that great. Also, by lunch time the place was PACKED and didnt make for much fun. However, there is a lot for the younger kids to do, they did a good job incorporating things in for the younger kids. Overall, It was a good experience for the money.
The Science Place was a place that I too my two boys almost weekly, there was so much to do and so many hands on activities for kids. But now there are only a few hands on exhibits...the displays are sad, no thought put into it...I really hope they will bring back what it used to be...until then it's not worth visiting
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