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Inside, visitors will step into the grand lobby, which features a Malawisaurus skeleton and an interactive ‘dancing water’ molecules display that is motion activated. From the lobby, visitors can board a 54-foot continuous escalator, which is located in a long glass enclosure. The escalators only go up in the Perot Museum, and visitors are expected to take the stairs to go down. One of the most impressive features of the building is the The Hoglund Foundation Theater, which is located on the first floor. The 300-seat theater features richly textured walls that are lit with LED lights and a state-of-the-art 4K digital projection system. Although it’s as tall as a typical 14-story building, the Perot Museum only contains 5 floors, because the ceilings had to be tall enough to accommodate dinosaur fossils and other large exhibits.
Architect Thom Mayne has described the new Perot Museum as a ”living educational tool featuring architecture inspired by nature and science,” and indeed it is. With exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to gems and minerals and renewable energy, the museum should appeal to visitors of all ages when it opens its doors on December 1.