Mid-America Science Museum houses more than 100 hands-on science exhibits divided into individual galleries found throughout the 65,000 sq. ft of the museum and includes exterior exhibits such as the award winning Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, and the all new Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek.
The Marvelous Motion Gallery
Explore key principles of motion with permanent hands-on exhibits like the sand pendulum, vertical wave machine, loopy lasso, do-undo and more in the Marvelous Motion Gallery.
Examine the wonder of light and its marvelous spectrum of color, view the changing of the seasons at one of the video time lapse stations, and appreciate the beauty of nature all from the unique perspective of the museum Light Bridge.
Bob Wheeler Science skywalk
Extending 180-feet from the museum, this unique award-winning architectural exhibit offers a stunning perspective of the 21-wooded acres that surround the museum. Enjoy the view and conduct music on the music bench, play in the rope bowl net suspended 40-feet in the air or walk through the fog bridge all while conquering your fear of heights and learning about science.
Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater
With seating for up to 50 guests, the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater provides an out of this world experience in this 180-degree planetarium style theater. Guests will explore our solar system, its planets, and other celestial wonders in space.
*(Oaklawn Digital Dome Theater is currently closed for maintenance until futher notice.)
Learn about inventor Nikola Tesla and the science behind his work as illustrated in a brief presentation and live display of the Guinness World Record's Most Powerful conical Tesla coil at 1.5 million volts!
The Workshops Gallery
The largest of the museums permanent exhibit galleries, the Workshops area includes the Gyroid, animation workshop, the fluid motion gallery, the force and energy workshop areas, and other permanent hands-on museum exhibits.
Arkansas underfoot gallery
The Arkansas Underfoot gallery houses the museum's mastodon, the underground cave maze, as well as the rain and terrain 3D mapping table, giant tree reading nook, a micro-fossil sorting station, rock smasher, and other permanent exhibits devoted to the geology and science of the Natural State.
Alliance rubber company tinkering studio
Join educators for fun hands-on tinkering activities and all ages family learning opportunities. New activities facilitated by museum educators and self-guided tinkers allow for a safe learning environment and opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
Oaklawn foundation dinotrek
Arkansas' first permanent outdoor dinosaur exhibit, the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek showcases an extraordinary array of dinosaurs from the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods. See, hear, and experience this permanent outdoor exhibit and learn about prehistoric creatures at Mid-America Science Museum.
The KYE-YAC Clubhouse is the museum's only exhibit devoted entirely to early childhood learning. This tot spot play area provides a safe environment for children who are preschool age or younger. The KYE-YAC Clubhouse features a replica of the science skywalk with a fun play slide and other hands-on fun for the little ones. KYE-YAC Clubhouse is the weekly meetup spot for Scientots, our weekly story time and science activity for children ages 6 and under.
special traveling exhibit - How People Make Things
This exhibit, inspired by Mister Rogers' Factory Tours, tells the story of how familiar childhood objects are manufactured, and the people, ideas, and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. It takes you into three major manufacturing processes through hands-on activities, product displays, and role-playing opportunities.
The Rowland Emett Collection
Perhaps most famous for the fantastic creations in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rowland Emett was also a satirist, cartoonist, and constructor of whimsical kinetic sculpture. Using common objects combined in novel ways, Emett created fantastic machines like the "Featherstone-Kite Openwork Basketweave Mark Two Gentleman's Flying Machine" currently on display in the Workshops Gallery. See four examples of Emett's machines throughout the museum.