Arts & Culture

Time to dig up that old Fossil

Explore the newly reopened Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

David C Justin
Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Did you know that a near-complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil recently sold at auction for a record-breaking $31.8 million? Stan the T. rex, discovered in 1987 outside of Buffalo, South Dakota, is one of the most complete T. rex fossils ever found. 

While $32 million might be a little out of your budget, the good news is that you don't need to be a millionaire to see T. rex in real life. All you have to do is visit the recently reopened Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Located on Level 4 of the Perot Museum, the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall features towering dinosaurs, rare fossils and virtual paleo-habitats that give you an up close and personal look at life when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!

The hall is filled with casts of the fossilized remains of prehistoric animals of all shapes and sizes including the gargantuan Alamosaurus, the aquatic Tylosaurus, and the species discovered by Perot Museum paleontologists, Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum.

And who could forget the 'king of the tyrant lizards' - Tyrannosaurus rex!

In fact, you can test your athletic prowess by racing a digital version of T. Rex in the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall to see if you have what it takes to survive the Cretaceous. (SPOILER ALERT - you don't.)

To get a sense of what it's like to be a real paleontologist, stop by the Paleo Lab to observe the real-time processing of fossils fresh from the field. If you're lucky, you might even witness history being made as the Perot team has made several big discoveries within the doors of this very lab, including Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, the polar tyrannosaur that greets guests from atop the Paleo Lab.

The Perot Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Tickets must be purchased online before you visit and are based on timed entry to help follow COVID-19 capacity guidelines. For more COVID-19 information, including their health and safety guidelines and a list of exhibits currently closed, visit the museum's website.