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Previewing the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, from A to Z

It took the folks at the Perot Museum three years, almost to the day, to build the 180,000 square feet of architecture, green initiative, science, nature, families, technology and awesome that were unveiled to the media this week.

But there's just so much more than that. So I'm going to paint you a picture with alphabetized words, to attempt to give you the gist of the massive amount of nature and science inside the great big grey box.

Architecture. The most all-encompassing of all the attributes of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, this place is an architect's wet dream. Several of them, actually. There's head architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, Dallas-based Talley Associates on the landscape architecture front, Dallas-based Good, Fulton and Farrell and more.

Bones. As in, giant dinosaur bones. It's everything you want in a museum, where science, nature and history become one inside a 35-foot Malawisaurus or an 85-foot Alamosaurus.

Container Store. A sponsor, the award-winning Dallas purveyor of organizational hopes and dreams donated lots and lots of products to help organize the 180,000 square foot museum.

Dell. The giant computer company that's not Apple or Microsoft donated six million dollars in hardware and ongoing support to the Museum.

Escalator. Let's face it, this 54-foot, glass encased beauty is the face of the Museum.

Fitness Simulations. There's a Motion Lab and Running Wall in the Sports Hall that features Wii-like fitness interaction on a grand scale.

Geodes. The jewelry of the earth, these beauties show their insides to the curious by way of the Lydia Hill Gems and Mineral Hall. There's even a big one called "grape jelly," because it's purple.

Halls. There are eleven of them, plus six learning labs, 88 "dancing water" molecules and 298 seats in the Hoglund Foundation Theater.

Innovation. The focus of the Perot Museum, from the beginning, has been inspiring minds through nature and science. Innovation is part of that, and the hope is that innovation is also the product.

Journey. Guests will make T. Boone Pickens happy as they travel virtually through 9,000 feet of gas well in the Shale Voyager.

Kids. This museum isn't just for the children-folk. The exhibits, learning labs and halls are designed for layered experiences, which is a fancy way of saying that guests young and old will have lots to learn and plenty to enjoy.

Leed certification. Just one of the three green-minded certifications that the Perot Museum satisfies.

Mountain, Green. If you're a Green Mountain Energy company and a member of the Sun Club, you've donated to the Perot Museum and other non-profit organizations that promote green learning.

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Rachel Edenson Pinn

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