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New Perot Museum exhibits amp up fun with James Cameron and Sherlock Holmes

New Perot Museum exhibits amp up fun with James Cameron

Up to this point, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has tended to release info about upcoming attractions piecemeal. But the museum just couldn't contain its excitement about the traveling exhibitions and films coming to the museum in 2014-2015.

Over the next nine months, the Perot will welcome two new additions. First up is 2theXtreme: MathAlive!, running September 27 through January 4, 2015. In keeping with the museum's overall theme of interactivity, the exhibit incorporates a variety of interactive elements to promote the endless possibilities of math.

The exhibition uses kid-friendly things like video games, sports, fashion, music and robotics to show that math comes into play in many of the things we know and love. MathAlive will be free for museum members, but non-members will be charged extra on top of general admission.

 DeepSea Challenge 3D is a 40-minute film from director James Cameron that takes audiences on an underwater journey.

The Perot capitalizes on the current pop culture obsession with Sherlock Holmes with The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, running February 15-May 10, 2015. The exhibit will show visitors how Holmes uses seemingly trivial information to solve mysterious crimes.

The exhibit features original manuscripts, period artifacts, props, costumes and investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes. Both members and non-members will be charged extra for this exhibit.

To showcase the recently rebranded Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience, the Perot will bring in four new 3D films. The most prominent of these is DeepSea Challenge 3D, a 40-minute film in which director James Cameron takes audiences on an underwater journey.

Currently in regular theaters, the film follows Cameron as he makes a solo trip to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean, a feat that has been compared to landing on the moon. Cameron and his team built a new single-seat submersible named DeepSea Challenger to accomplish the Herculean task. The film, presented by National Geographic, will play March 6-September 7, 2015.

Other films include Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland (playing September 4 through May 21, 2015), a 20-minute film narrated by Jeff Corwin that vividly documents an expedition to the Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters; Robots 3D (November 21 – March 22, 2015), a 40-minute film that shows the latest developments — the success and the failures — from robotic labs around the world in trying to make a "humanoid" robot; and Tornado Alley 3D (January 9-May 21, 2015), a 20-minute film narrated by Bill Paxton in which storm chasers give viewers an up-close view of destructive tornadoes.

As a bonus, Jeff Corwin will speak and sign autographs at the opening night screening of Galapagos 3D on September 4 during First Thursday Late Night. 

You can see films at the Perot without paying to enter the museum. Admission to the theater for non-members is $5 for 20-minute films and $8 for 40-minute films, while members pay $5 and $6, respectively. All children under 2 are free.

James Cameron in DeepSea Challenge 3D
Director James Cameron took his custom-made DeepSea Challenge submersible to the bottom of the ocean, a quest you can see in DeepSea Challenge 3D. DeepSea Challenge/Facebook
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
The re-creation of clues is just one part of the traveling exhibition The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, coming to the Perot Museum in February 2015. Photo courtesy of Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2theXtreme: MathAlive!
Kids will be able to use snowboarding video games and other activities to learn about the practical applications of math in 2theXtreme: MathAlive!, coming to the Perot in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Perot Museum of Nature and Science
James Cameron in DeepSea Challenge 3D
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
2theXtreme: MathAlive!