Perot Museum Receives $5 Million Gift

Chris Sommer
September 25, 2018 - 5:06 pm
Perot Museum

(Photo by Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Sipa USA)


DALLAS (KRLD) - Tuesday was a very good day at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

In celebrating National First Responders Day, officials announced H. Ross and Margot Perot have donated $5 million to expand access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences for underserved families and schoolchildren, along with active military, veterans and first responders.

Perot Museum CEO Dr. Linda Silver said, "First you lose your breath, right, because it's such a substantial amount.  And the intent and the vision behind it is so generous, it makes you feel good about the world and the people who are in it."

Silver said the big gift from the Perots will allow the museum to expand its Community Partners program, "We will be able to welcome people year-round into the museum who qualify for state or federal aid, for just a dollar a ticket.  So, really increasing access to individuals that might not otherwise be able to come to the museum."

The Perot Museum launched the Community Partners program in 2015.  Originating as a summer program, it has reached more than 47,000 children and adults to date.

The $5 million donation also gives military members and first responders greater access to the museum.  Silver said, "This is a program that allows all active or retired military personnel, as well as first responders, into the museum for free.  And then, their families, if they are accompanying them, receive discounts on their admission tickets.  So, it's really a gift that is going to allow so many more people to visit the museum on a year-round basis, and it's something we're really excited about."  Until now, the free admission for military and first responders was offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day to coincide with the summer months and family vacations.

In announcing the gift, Silver was joined by veterans of the five branches of the military, and city officials including Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano.  Medrano said, "This is more than just a gift to the Perot Museum; it's a gift to the community.  By making museum experiences accessible to all children and adults, Mr. and Mrs. Perot are jumpstarting the next generation of scientists, innovators and dreamers.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity for every child to enjoy, learn and grow year-round at the Perot Museum."