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Science Class

| January 2, 2013 | Parties National

The Setting Some 2,000 guests proved you don’t have to be a nerd or a kid to appreciate the cool factor of the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The Scene So much gee-whizzery, so little time! The pre-party featured aerial acrobats, while during the event itself, guests got to wobble in a simulated earthquake, stroll under dancing water molecules and pretend-race a dinosaur and cheetah, with food and drink stations by Wolfgang Puck Catering on every floor. But the biggest thrill of all was, at last, after watching it go up for months against the Dallas sky, riding the 54-foot, glass-encased escalator on the side of the building. The Crowd The five children of Ross and Margot Perot, whose magnificent tribute to their parents created the lead gift for the museum, topped the list of headliners welcoming the new architectural and educational wonder. Architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne mingled with “oohing” and “aahing” guests. And Nicole Small, the museum’s CEO, looking resplendent in magenta, joined the dancing crowd celebrating a job well done at the after-party, with tunes by the inimitable Lucy Wrubel. Photography by Jason Janik and Kate Mackley



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