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New Perot Museum exhibit looks at animals from the inside out

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
A bull will be one of around 100 specimens on display in Animal Inside Out, a traveling exhibit coming to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in September 2013. Photo courtesy of Institute of Plastination
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
Plastinated giraffe on display in Animal Inside Out. Photo courtesy of Institute of Plastination
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
Plastinated ostrich on display in Animal Inside Out. Photo courtesy of Institute of Plastination
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out

Thus far, temporary exhibits at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science have covered the construction of the building and recycling awareness. For the museum's next exhibit, visitors can take a look at animals from the inside out — literally.

That's because the museum is bringing in its first-ever traveling exhibition, Animal Inside Out, an exhibit from the makers of Body Worlds. But instead of focusing on humans, Animal Inside Out takes an in-depth look at the skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems and more of multiple wildlife creatures from around the world.

It's able to do so via a process called "plastination," which removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden, allowing visitors to see intimate details of the bodies of around 100 specimens. Animals on display will include a bull, giraffe, ostrich, giant squid, reindeer and more.

Many will remember that the Museum of Nature and Science, when it was still located in Fair Park, hosted Body Worlds back in 2006-2007. In addition to the many humans it had on display, there were several animals, including a horse. That exhibit drew more than 450,000 people during its almost six-month run.

Animal Inside Out will have a similar lengthy stay. The exhibit, housed in the lower level in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, is scheduled to open on September 22, 2013, and will end on February 17, 2014. 

Tickets will range from $18-$27 for the general public, a price that includes admission to the museum. Perot Museum members will pay $11-$15, and members will also have access to preview days September 18-21.

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