The first gallery visitors see when entering the museum is The Marvelous Motion Gallery. A study of the basic concepts of physics, this gallery entices curiosity by exploring natural phenomena such as wave motion, kinetic energy, and gravity.
The Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater offers a diverse array of shows that complement educational objectives as well as traveling exhibit content in the Museum. The theater seats up to 50 people and has full-dome projection-style films that will immerse families and children with a 180-degree viewing area.
The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, sponsored by the Advertising and Promotion Commission of Hot Springs, offers a unique experience found nowhere else in the state. This outdoor exhibition extends into the forest canopy from the main building, offering visitors young and old an opportunity to experience a shift in perspective as they investigate science found in nature. A tree-house pavilion, rope netting, and hands-on activities add to the adventure.
Exhibits in Arkansas Underfoot allow visitors to investigate biology, geology, and topography that is unique to Arkansas. Guests crawl through a realistic cave, use a “rock crusher” to learn about erosion, explore an interactive sandbox and watch as beetles scavenge for food.
The Workshops provide a major new platform for the Museum to increase its emphasis discovery learning by utilizing core principles of structure, movement, control, and communication through individual work stations using common materials. The four workshops are based on specific topics in science. The “Animation Workshop” explores stop motion animation using computers, 16mm film and a variety of zoetropes. A ten-foot tall climbing structure anchors the “Rhythm and Patterns Workshop”, where children and adults can learn how math is used in our daily lives. The “Force and Energy Workshop” uses a vintage steam engine, infrared imaging, and a giant gravity tower to examine the relationship between force and energy. The “Fluid Motion Workshop” showcases a two-story interactive water tower that will engage all ages.