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Mid-America Science Museum

500 Mid America Blvd, Arkansas 71913 USA

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“interactive science museum!”

The mission of Mid-America Science Museum is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences, and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. The Museum also serves as a premier tourism attraction in Arkansas.

Mid-America Science Museum was conceptualized as the first interactive, informal learning environment in Arkansas when the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 515 establishing the Arkansas Museum and Cultural Commission in 1971. Composed of seven gubernatorial appointees from state congressional districts, the State Commission was responsible for planning, developing, constructing and operating the Mid-America Science Museum in Garland County.

In September 1974, the State Commission's initial staff opened temporary offices in the Medical Arts Building located in Hot Springs National Park. Here the first museum offices were established and original exhibit designs and development took place. The present 57,000 square foot facility was constructed in Mid-America Park on 21 beautiful wooded acres. The multi-million dollar facility is divided into two wings, connected by a glass-enclosed bridge that spans the outside stream. The museum was designed by museum architect E. Verner Johnson and Associates of Boston, MA and Stuck, Frier, Lane, Scott, Beisner of Little Rock and Jonesboro, Arkansas.The Museum opened to the public on January 20, 1979. Sunday, April 22, 1979, was proclaimed "Mid America Day" by the mayor of Hot Springs as the Museum was dedicated by then Governor Bill Clinton in a Grand Opening Ceremony.

The Museum was featured in the January 1980, issue of Southern Living magazine with four full color pages. It also received the “Henry Award” from the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in 1982.The Museum has been cited with many honors throughout its history. It was selected as the "Parent's Choice" award as the Best Museum for Families in 1995. The Museum was selected as the official Star Station One site for the state of Arkansas which was a national educational program about the International Space Station. The Museum continues to partner with NASA for its space education programming.

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March 27, 2014

Great place for young kids and parents.
I wouldn't suggest it for someone over 12

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July 26, 2015
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This is a great hands on museum for the kids! They also have an awesome Tesla Theater show!

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500 Mid America Blvd
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