History + Mission

A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Serving as a unique destination for generations of families now for nearly 40 years, Mid-America Science Museum continues to provide an escape for families and individuals seeking a safe and fun learning atmosphere. 


Located less than one mile from Hot Springs National Park Mid-America Science Museum is surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. Receiving a $7.8 million dollar grant courtesy of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Mid-America Science Museum added more than 100 new state of the art exhibits that include the new Arkansas Underfoot Gallery, the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk and the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater where guests may view the night sky and tour the solar system using the newest digital planetarium software. 

New to Mid-America Science Museum this summer 2018 is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first outdoor dinosaur exhibit, the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek will be a permanent display of 18 dinosaurs dispersed throughout the museum's outdoor landscape. Visitors will hear and marvel at prehistoric dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, and many other exciting dinos!



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. 


Staff + Board

Diane LaFollette – Executive Director

Noreen Killen – Chief Operations Officer

Harmony Hurst Morrissey - Chief Development Officer

Niles Ellis – Director of Design

Jamie Perisho-Webb – Director of Guest Services

Jack Breckenridge – Director of Facilities and Grounds

Jim Miller – Director of Marketing

Jeremy Mackey – Director of Education

Dylan Kuchel - Director of Exhibits

Irene Hart – Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Lori Arnold- Exhibit Designer   

David Hiebert – Exhibit Technician

Joshua Kress – Exhibit Technician

Christi Hodges – Educator

Nancy Bell – Education Associate

Hayley Chronister – Education Associate

Chris Hough – Education Associate

Kimari Watson - Education Associate

Mandy Monheiser – Guest Services Coordinator

Chris Hall - Guest Services Associate

Darrell House - Guest Services Associate

Katie Ross - Guest Services Associate

Will Sanders – Guest Services Associate

Janet Lewis – Housekeeper

Dillon New – Housekeeper

Board of Directors

Libby Vines, Chair

Senior Vice President, BancorpSouth

Tiffany Tucker, Vice Chair

Attorney, Farrar & Williams, PLLC

Franklin Bass, Secretary

Senior Vice President, Simmons Bank

Brian Gehrki, Immediate Past Chair

Owner, Gehrki Commercial Real Estate LLC

Jeff Stephens

VP Engineered Products

Mid-South Engineering Co.

Mandy Golleher

Director of Marketing & Volunteer Services

National Park Medical Center

Ben Van Wagner

Director of Information Technology

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

Bryan Smith

Purchasing Manager

Alliance Rubber Inc.

Neal Shunk

Marketing Manager, Weyerhaeuser

Ed Copeland

Community Volunteer

Jared Zeiser

Owner, Zeiser Wealth Management

Meredith B. Switzer

Judge, Garland County District Court Division 1 

George Lee

Owner, Ambry Technologies

Carol Freeland

Community Volunteer

Carla Mouton 

Community Volunteer 



Now Hiring!

Mid-America Science Museum is currently not hiring for any full-time or seasonal part-time positions, but please feel free to download our application to submit for future job opportunities as they become available! Interested in volunteering? Contact us! Email info@midamericamuseum.org for details on volunteer opportunities!

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to info@midamericamuseum.org. 


Part-Time Educator Job Summary: 

Must have a desire to entertain and educate people of all ages with science-based presentations that are fun, educational and enlightening through an infectious enthusiasm and strong charisma. Basic schedule management, database management and departmental inventory regulation will require strong organizational skills. Premium customer service is required at all times while representing the Mid-America Science Museum. The Educator is responsible for visitor interaction on the museum floor.  This person will use informal learning techniques to facilitate exhibits and provide demonstrations for visitors.  The Educator will assist with the check-in of field trips and other groups.  This person will also work closely with other education staff and volunteers to provide a positive experience for visitors.  The Educator leads museum classes of up to 30 students and performs science demonstrations in the museum and in outreach venues as assigned.

Department:   Education

Reports to:  Director of Education

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree requires in education, science or related field.

Experience Required:   Three years teaching or related experience.

Description of Duties:

  • Assist visitors with exhibit operations on museum floor by facilitating exhibits

  • Use inquiry and other informal learning techniques to engage and inspire visitors of all ages

  • Assist with field trips and group visits to the museum

  • Provide excellent customer service to all museum visitors

  • Execute floor demonstrations on a daily basis

  • Constantly evaluate and monitor the status of exhibits and work with exhibit technicians to ensure timely maintenance and repair

  • Ensure museum floor is presentable and clean

  • Operate Tesla Coil and conduct theater and Digital Dome shows as needed.

  • Must work proportionate share of special events

  • Participate on team projects in writing educational programming in area of specialization and as assigned by the Director of Education.

  • Presents classes and demonstrations in museum and in outreach venues as assigned

  • Maintain all teaching supplies, props, models, specimens, etc. in classroom and office areas

  • Organize and maintain supplies and materials used for programs and ensure cleanliness of all work areas

  • Provide museum floor coverage as scheduled

  • Provide general backup to present programs as assigned.

  • Lead museum summer camps as assigned and provide backup assistance to other staff members during camps.

  • Perform outreach educational programs at schools, libraries, and other public events as assigned.

  • Conduct programming for special events, mini-events, and special programming.

  • Provide feedback on educational programming, experiments and events to promote constant improvement.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Special Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, zoology, science education, physics, chemistry or related field

  • Must be a team player.

  • Must be engaging, outgoing, patient, and able to relate to and work with a wide variety of individuals and people of all ages

  • Work a flexible schedule occasionally unsupervised

  • Must be available for evening and weekend work hours and work proportionate share of those time

  • Be able to lift up to 30 lbs

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 


Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to info@midamericamuseum.org. 



Press Kit

Please direct all media inquiries to: 

Jim Miller, Director of Marketing

501-767-3461 ext. 118





Privacy Policy


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