Forensics, mind tricks, mirages and more! The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will host its annual Night at the Museum gala – themed Intrigue – on Saturday, Nov. 11. Mind-manipulating play-and-party activities, mysterious foods and quirky cocktails from Wolfgang Puck Catering, live entertainment, a VIP pre-party, post-party dancing and more will conspire on all five levels of the Perot Museum. 

Event co-chairs are Sylvia E. Cespedes and Hernan J.F. Saenz, III and Meredith and Mark Plunkett, and honorary chairs are Sharon and Kip Tindell. Presenting sponsors are Highland Capital Management, Lyda Hill, Margot and Ross Perot, and The Moody Foundation.

At the “top-secret” 6 p.m. pre-party reception, step back in time to “The Vault” where a Sherlock Holmes-esque setting comes complete with a clandestine entrance, vintage décor, edible evidence and speakeasy bartenders. Good eats will include masami ranch wagyu beef, French “oestra” caviar, wild chanterelles and other cuisine exclusive to VIP ticketholders.

With more than 1,000 guests expected to attend, Night at the Museum is nearly sold out. Remaining ticket packages start at $2,500 (for six guests).

Fascinating fun will include human mazes, lie detector tests, mirrored illusions, baffling botany, handwriting analysis and other spy-game surprises. And with Wolfgang Puck planning the menu, guests can expect a plethora of palatable bites and beverages – all with a tricky twist – including 3D food printing, blind food tastings and more. The menu includes delectables such as “squid ink” gnochetti and black truffles; homemade pimento cheese pretzels; Maine lobster horseradish panna cotta with spicy tomato and rainbow sorrel; plus a rotary evaporator station that extracts the taste – but not the smell – from distilled local apple cider.

Plus, party patrons can get a dose of cosmic fun at the Perot Museum’s traveling exhibition – Journey to Space – featuring two walk-through, rotating labs that let visitors “climb aboard” the International Space Station (ISS) Destiny module. Visitors can launch a rocket, test gravity in a drop tower, control a robotic arm, and experience the sights, sounds and even smells, on board an orbiting space station.

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Proceeds from Night at the Museum support our mission to inspire minds through nature and science by funding educational programming, student scholarships, Museum operations, traveling exhibitions and impactful research.