Science meets society

Guests get giddy when Perot Museum comes alive during Night at the Museum gala

Guests get giddy when Perot Museum comes alive during Night at the Museum gala

Angella Estess, Blake Estess
Angella Estess , Blake Estess Photo by Jerry McClure
Paul Divis, Tiffany Divis
Paul Divis , Tiffany Divis Photo by Jerry McClure
Matt Olmstead, Ashley Kinder
For surprise entertainment, the Bravo Drum Corps played alongside the MASS Ensemble. Photo by Jerry McClure
James Weaver, Joy Weaver
James Weaver , Joy Weaver Photo by Jerry McClure
Debra Nelson , Patti Broyles
Debra Nelson , Patti Broyles Photo by Jerry McClure
Interior of the Perot Museum
The dinosaur exhibit was the most popular attraction at the gala.  Photo by Jerry McClure
Jacque Naponic, Jill Naponic
Jacque Naponic , Jill Naponic Photo by Jerry McClure
Don Daseke, Barbara Daseke
Don Daseke , Barbara Daseke Photo by Jerry McClure
Jill Beth Hayes, Angela Choquette
Jill Beth Hayes , Angela Choquette Photo by Jerry McClure
Ross Perot, Brad Uerschel, Bonny Uerschel
Ross Perot , Brad Uerschel , Bonny Uerschel Photo by Jerry McClure
Nancy Anderson, John Anderson
Nancy Anderson , John Anderson Photo by Jerry McClure
Abbigail Baber, James Rust
Abbigail Baber , James Rust Photo by Jerry McClure
Paul Maurer, Steve Deitz, Josh Bray
Paul Maurer , Steve Deitz , Josh Bray Photo by Jerry McClure
Ross Perot Jr, Sarah Perot, Stacey Branch, Dan Branch
Ross Perot Jr , Sarah Perot , Stacey Branch , Dan Branch Photo by Jerry McClure
Michael Wisenbaker, Lindsey Wisenbaker, Mark Plunkett
Michael Wisenbaker , Lindsey Wisenbaker , Mark Plunkett Photo by Jerry McClure
Angella Estess, Blake Estess
Paul Divis, Tiffany Divis
Matt Olmstead, Ashley Kinder
James Weaver, Joy Weaver
Debra Nelson , Patti Broyles
Interior of the Perot Museum
Jacque Naponic, Jill Naponic
Don Daseke, Barbara Daseke
Jill Beth Hayes, Angela Choquette
Ross Perot, Brad Uerschel, Bonny Uerschel
Nancy Anderson, John Anderson
Abbigail Baber, James Rust
Paul Maurer, Steve Deitz, Josh Bray
Ross Perot Jr, Sarah Perot, Stacey Branch, Dan Branch
Michael Wisenbaker, Lindsey Wisenbaker, Mark Plunkett

It's a rarity to find grown-ups not wishing they were kids again and instead simply reliving their youth. Such was the case at the Night at the Museum gala at the soon-to-open Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Just weeks before the museum's grand opening, close to 2,000 attendees — including Barbara and Don Daseke, Ross Perot Jr., Sarah Perot, Stacy and Dan Branch, Hayley Hamilton, Gary Cogill, Josh Bray, James Rust, and Joy and James Weaver — gathered to get a sneak peek at the contemporary building and the interactive exhibits inside

Honorary chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund and event chairs Kelly and Brock Compton were thrilled to be a part of an exciting event for the new facility. Because of their efforts — and big-name participating sponsors like Lyda Hill, Neiman Marcus, Highland Captial Management, and Margot and Ross Perot — attendees could live like Hector in Milan Trenc's book, The Night at the Museum. 

Even if the dinosaurs didn't come to life, the building certainly did. 

The entire museum was open to guests — including architect Thom Mayne, Angela Choquette, Jill Beth Hayes, Jill and Jacque Naponic, and Bonny and Brad Uerschel — so they could stop on each floor and participate in the interactive exhibits. They learned what it's like to fly like a bird and dissect a fruit fly. 

Buffets and bars were spread throughout the space, and those would have been enough to make the decadent night spectacular. But a surprise performance by the MASS Ensemble — with vocals, harp, violin, Aquatar, drums and drum cloud — took it to a new level. 

For those who did not see the main performance on the first floor — because they were distracted by the bio lab or waiting in line for third Perot cocktail — they could watch the live performance on flat screens. Alongside the ensemble, members of the Bravo Drum Corps played spinning drumbrellas.  

Pedicured feet deeply appreciated the flip-flop party favors, especially when DJ Lucy Wrubel lured enthusiasts from the lab to the dance floor for the after-party.