Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 23, 2017
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Eureka! They’ve got it

Science and natural history museums have come a long way since the days of dusty dioramas and eerie taxidermy. Most now have loads of technology and at least one blockbuster interactive exhibit. Dallas’s new Perot Museum of Nature and Science seems to have taken all the best ideas from its competition, and the result is quite a showstopper. Designed by award-winning Morphosis Architects, the 16,700-square-metre museum is eye catching, and features five exhibition floors, a children's museum, a 4000-square-metre outdoor science park dotted with musical instruments, giant leap frogs and water features, plus a dino dig. Back inside, visitors can try to outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex while a high-speed motion-capture camera records the sprint, or design and build a robot to race through a maze, dissect fruit flies in the Bio Lab, scrutinize slices of a human specimen, or even use their brain waves to launch a Ping-Pong ball. You could be here a week and not have run out of things to try. Timed tickets (pre-purchase recommended) to exhibit halls are US$15 for adults; US$12 for students; US$10 for kids 2 to 11. (214) 428-5555; perotmuseum.org. [SL]

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