Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Museum in Dallas

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A sizable star of the Arts District, this striking museum opened to much acclaim in 2012. It wows both on the outside (thanks to award-winning architect Thom Mayne) and on the inside (there are six floors of wonder). Most of the exhibits are interactive: visitors can design their own bird, journey through the solar system, command robots, commune with dinosaurs and much more.

The building is designed to be environmentally sound, and this feature is explained in detail. It also has a 3D theater with ever-changing movies.