Visitors will travel on an “anatomical safari” exploring more than 100 plastinated specimens from goats and giraffes, bulls to birds, to octopuses and ostriches, when the Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, a BODY WORLDS Production, which opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, for a limited engagement. The Perot Museum’s first-ever traveling exhibition will be installed in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, a 7,500 square foot, leading-edge exhibition space located on the Museum’s Lower Level. To receive the best value and to avoid long lines and sell outs, non-member visitors are strongly encouraged to buy bundled, timed-entry tickets for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, which include general exhibit hall admission, online in advance atperotmusuem.org.
“The Perot Museum is thrilled that our very first traveling exhibition is ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of Plastination and creator of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions, and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer for BODY WORLDS,” said Nicole G. Small, CEO of the Perot Museum. “We think visitors are going to be wowed by what they see.”
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT will give visitors a unique opportunity to view animals from a rarely seen perspective, exploring the skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems and more. Stripping away nature’s skin to the bare flesh and bones, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT brings together more than 100 plastinates including translucent slices, capillary specimens, organ configurations and full animal bodies displaying the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures. After a tour of venerable museums in Vienna, London and other historic venues in Europe, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT made its U.S. debut at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. The Perot Museum will be the second stop on the limited U.S. tour.
This is the second time a major BODY WORLDS exhibition has come to Dallas. In 2006-2007, the Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park hosted “Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies,” which attracted more than 450,000 visitors.
Visitors will go more than skin deep to see the body make up of some of the world’s most impressive animals. Highlights of the ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition include standing up close to the world’s tallest mammal, a giraffe, that towers over guests; a magnificent bull, with its heart five times the size of a human’s; a reindeer, with its hooves that adapt to the changing seasons; and the rarely seen giant squid, with its huge eyes, designed for picking up light in the ocean depths.
“Instead of specimens as skeletons or taxidermies, Museum visitors are going to experience animals in a whole new way,” said Steve Hinkley, the Perot Museum’s vice president of programs.
Dr. Whalley adds that the process of Plastination, which removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden, allows guests to see the most incredible details of the body allowing ANIMAL INSIDE OUT to show animal anatomy with far more detail than any textbook.
“It’s fascinating to see the anatomical similarities between different animal groups, including humans,” said Dr. Whalley. “Animals are skin, flesh and bone, just like humans.”
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT explores skeletal foundations; muscles, tendons and ligaments; the internal circuit of the nervous system; the reproductive process; breathing and eating; and wildlife conservation and preservation.
GreenburgTraurig is underwriting a portion of the educational scholarships and Bank of America is sponsoring the preview events forANIMAL INSIDE OUT.
NOTE: The ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition is open to guests of all ages. A few exhibit panels briefly discuss animal reproduction. To ensure an enriching experience for all, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent, guardian or school chaperone.
TICKET AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Tickets to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT are timed entry and must accompany a timed-entry general exhibit hall ticket.
Non-members can purchase best value, bundled, timed-entry ANIMAL INSIDE OUT/ Perot Museum general exhibits tickets for $27 for adults (18-64), $18 for children (2-11; under 2 are free), and $22 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+).
Museum members receive free general exhibit hall admission and discounted admission for ANIMAL INSIDE OUT at $15 for adults, $11 for children and $13 for youth and seniors – including admission for member-only preview days Sept. 18-21.
To avoid long lines and sell outs all visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at perotmuseum.org.
MUSEUM GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES (which alone DO NOT include admission to ANIMAL INSIDE OUT) are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $8 (long film) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).
HOURS. Regular museum hours for general admission and the traveling exhibitions are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Please check perotmuseum.org for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.
MEMBERSHIP. Charter Memberships (personal and gift) are $45 for students, $65 for individuals, $80 for dual memberships, $100 for Family, $160 for Family Plus, and $250 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships also are available for $350 and up. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.
Member-only hours! From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive pre-general public access to the Perot Museum. Plus check perotmuseum.org for special member late nights.
photographer Jason Janik
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.