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. 

The newest exhibit to come to Mid-America Science Museum is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first outdoor dinosaur exhibit, guests may now hike among the 18 permanent dinosaur displays dispersed throughout the museum's 21-wooded acre outdoor landscape. The journey begins beneath the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, where visitors may trek through the forested landscape while listening and marveling at prehistoric dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Utah Raptors and more.

Coming in 2019 is Mid-America Science Museum’s 40th Anniversary and the construction of an all-new traveling exhibit hall that will help bring exciting new exhibits for visitors to Mid-America 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.