A Hobbyist's Dream

Dallas' Perot Museum wants to collect collectors' collections for new exhibit

Perot Museum wants to collect collectors' collections for new exhibit

Dallas Cowboys nesting dolls
Bob Bragalone's extensive Dallas Cowboys collection will be on display as part of the "Eye of the Collector" exhibit at the Perot Museum. Photo by Ron St. Angelo

Collectors young and old, near and far: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science wants you. The museum is asking people to submit their collections for its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition called “Eye of the Collector,” set to run April 16-September 5.

It doesn't matter if your collection is of great historical significance or simply cute and quirky; the museum is welcoming submissions of all kinds starting on January 27. Contestants can upload information and photos of their goods in the categories of Best Youth (17 and under), Most Unique, or Most Visually Stunning through February 21.

Once the submission process is finished, the museum will select five finalists in each of the three categories. The general public will then vote to select the winners in each category, as well as an overall people's choice champ. 

Winners get to show their stuff as part of the larger exhibit, which brings together the amazing personal collections of very different people, including Nancy and Randy Best, whose extensive collections take visitors on journeys through time; an avid Dallas Cowboys fan with one of the largest-ever assortments of team memorabilia; a world record-setting collector of Star Wars mementos; a local leader with a passion for Ballet Folklórico; a PEZ aficionado; an enthusiast of remarkable dolls; and things treasured by the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

All category winners receive a one-year family-level membership to the Perot Museum and four tickets to the exhibition. The people's choice winner also receives admission to the VIP opening party.