Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Eye of the Collector

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Photo by Ron St. Angelo

Every object and specimen within its collection tells a unique story. In its first full-scale self-curated exhibition, the Perot Museum presents Eye of the Collector, bringing together amazing personal collections of nine very different people – from the exquisite to the quirky, from historical artifacts to pop culture.

Not only will visitors marvel at the items themselves, they’ll also get a glimpse into the minds of the collectors and find out what inspired them to see the magic in items ranging from everyday utensils to rare treasures. At the heart of this exclusive exhibition are signature pieces from Nancy and Randy Best, whose extensive collections take visitors on journeys through time and expand our knowledge – from early hominids to breathtaking minerals extracted from the earth. Every object becomes a wormhole that transports one to a time in history.

The star-studded collectors are as follows:

  • Nancy and Randy Best, longtime collectors whose kinship and curiosity with history has cultivated a vast array of rarely seen historical artifacts and portals into the past. This “Best of the Bests” representation will feature a diverse collection of art, fossils and ancient artifacts spanning thousands of years.
  • Steve Sansweet, whose collection of Star Wars mementos is so vast that it’s recorded as a Guinness World Record.
  • Bob Bragalone, an avid Dallas Cowboys fan with one of the largest-ever assortments of team memorabilia dating back to the days of Coach Tom Landry.
  • Anita Martinez, a beloved Dallas civic leader and dance company founder with a love for the lushly colored Ballet Folklórico costumes.
  • Debbie Garrett, an author/historian with an affinity for African-American and black dolls.
  • Carla Eames Hartman, a passionate gatherer of the charming PEZ candy dispensers that were founded 83 years ago in Austria.
  • Deedie Rose, a Dallas arts patron and philanthropist who has amassed an array of unique, wearable works of art comprised of materials not commonly found in jewelry – such as shopping bags, earth and egg cartons.
  • Ron Gard, an aficionado of antique duck decoys that are so intricate they are considered folk art.
  • Scott McCaskey, a keeper of hundreds of unique, vintage bicycles dating from the 1800s to the 1960s.

Event Details


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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field St.
Dallas, TX 75202


Ticket Info

Free for members; $3-$5 on top of admission prices for non-members.