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Perot Museum kicks off summer with new hours and 3D dinosaur movie

Waking the T. rex 3D
Scene from Waking the T. Rex 3D, the new film playing in the Hoglund Foundation Theater at the Perot Museum. Photo courtesy of Giant Screen Films
Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will offer extended summer hours starting on Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Mark Knight Photography
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, race
You'll now have more time to race against a Tyrannosaurus rex, cheetah, gymnast or football player, among other interactive activities. Photo by Alex Bentley
Waking the T. rex 3D
Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, race

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science hasn't exactly been hurting for visitors since it opened in December 2012. But that's all child's play compared to what awaits the hottest museum in town once school lets out. Summer is coming, and that means more hours of entertainment for parents to fill.

For Memorial Day weekend, the museum will stay open until 9 pm, Friday through Monday, giving you an extra few hours to rub shoulders with dinosaurs, experience an earthquake, conduct a science experiment, or participate in one of the other myriad hands-on activities sprinkled throughout the five-story building.

If you're a member, the deal's even better, as early admission hours (normally only available on Saturdays and Sundays) will be offered on Memorial Day as well. Starting Tuesday, May 28, the museum will switch to extended hours for the rest of the summer, staying open an extra hour every day through August 25.

If that's not enough, the museum will also unveil a new attraction. On May 25, Waking the T. Rex 3D: The Story of SUE​, a science-adventure film that chronicles the largest, most complete T. Rex ever found, takes over for Meerkats 3D in the Hoglund Foundation Theater. The 23-minute film is no mere documentary, as it uses animation to imagine how the dinosaur might have looked and acted throughout her life.

Of course, the biggest added benefit of all is that the museum is a huge, air-conditioned area that takes hours to navigate, a perfect option for soon-to-be scorching summer days.

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