Natural History Museum, Dallas
The Museum was founded in 1936 and showcases Texas' vast natural diversity.
There is a collection of over 280,000 specimens and the world's largest exhibition of Texas wildlife habitats. There is also the first mounted Texas dinosaur in Texas.
Permanent exhibits include a Paleontology Lab, Wildlife Dioramas, Prehistoric Texas and a Lagoon Nature Walk.
Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
On the first floor (ground floor) of the museum is the Wildlife Habitat Halls. Exhibits include the halls of the Bison, Texas Mamals, Birds, Wetlands as well as the Discovery Room , nature store, first aid and security post.
The museum was founded in 1936 to showcase Texas' vast natural diversity. There are over 280,000 specimens which includes the worlds largest exhibit of Texas wildlife habitats as well as the first mounted Texas dinosaur.
Outside the Museum are sculptures of prehistoric animals all made out of metal car bumpers. The T. Rex sculpture stands 18ft tall and weighs 2 tons.
On the second floor you will see a wonderful display of various Texas Dinosaurs - The T. rex, Tenontosaurus, Torosaurus and Alamosaurus. There is also a Verison Technology learning centre, and an area which covers temporary displays being exhibited at the Museum. When I was there it was 'Wild Wild Weather'.
Also on display is the Ice Age in Dallas and this is represented by the Trinity River Mammoth .
The other level to the Natural History Museum is the basement. On this floor there is the museum offices, restrooms plus the Fossil Lab and Live Animal roo.
The Museum staff includes working archaeologists and palaeontologist. There is a view lab where fossils are examined and then prepared for display purposes.
The Museum is supposed to be the only collections-based and research-driven public natural history museum in the region. The museum, through their exhibits, aims to further understanding and appreciation of the natural world. The exhibits cover 3 floors although it is not a big museum with the central area being an open area. There is also a gift and nature store.
Open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Admission (2004) is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (55 & older), $5.00 for students (13-18), $4.00 for children (3-12) and free for children under 3 years of age.