For many years, it was the home of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. Today, this historic limestone building houses The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s education and research activities.
Inside the Building
In this beautiful limestone building, you’ll find many of the exhibits from the historic Dallas Museum of Natural History. There is also workspace for the museum’s research and collections departments, including a Paleo Lab, where paleontologists preserve a wealth of specimens. .
The Building’s Architecture
Crafted from Cordova cream limestone, the building has no windows except for large panes in the center rear. They rise to the second floor, admitting natural light to the first and second-level foyers, as well as the staircase connecting them.
The downstairs lobby contains native Texas shell stone, an especially appropriate material for this museum. The stone once formed part of a prehistoric ocean floor and contains many fossil seashells. Both inside and out, the museum is decorated with artistic metal light fixtures and ornamental grillwork.
Museums are not generally thought of as places of excitement, but this building has seen its share. It was here during the State Fair of 1948 that a Brahman bull that had escaped from Fair Park’s Agricultural area finally got roped and tied.