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.