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Little Rock - Museum of Discovery

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 150

The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum’s exhibits.

In 1998, the museum moved to the River Market and changed its name to the Museum of Discovery. The new facility provided more hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs, and the museum began to focus more intensely on science, technology, engineering and math. In 2003, the museum merged with the Children’s Museum of Arkansas and assumed responsibility for addressing the needs of preschool children. Also in 2003, the museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate.

In 2011, the museum closed for nine months in order to add a new entrance and undergo a total renovation. This project, funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, also provided funding for new, interactive science exhibits, completing the museum’s transformation from a collecting museum to a science center.


Natalie Hughes

Friday, April 13, 2018
Lots to do in this place! We visited on a Tuesday and it wasn't too crowded. Both my young toddler and my 5-year-old enjoyed playing in the area designed for little kids, especially pretending to be veterinarians. The many science stations for the older kids were really cool. The exhibit that simulates a tornado while you sit in the basement of a house was very interesting, though it did frighten my 5-year-old a bit because it was so realistic. We will definitely return on our next trip to town!

Glenda Hoyt

Friday, April 6, 2018
Wonderful place for families to go and explore! I took my 8 year old granddaughter, and had as much fun as she, playing, exploring and learning! Bring a lunch and allow plenty of time to explore! We easily spent 3 hours!

Paul Robinson

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Wonderful place to take the kids. Lots of things for everyone of all ages to do. Once a month they do theme events. They even have a adult night once a month. Called Science after dark, with adult beverages and pizza. So if you get a chance check them out. I mean where else are you going to get to lay on a bed of nails, tests you grip, use you mind to win a game against your friends. They have it all and much more.

Janet Bailey

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
This place is so fun! My boys had a blast and us adults did as well. The perfect cold or rainy weather place to check out! Kid's of all ages 2 and up will really enjoy the adventure of the museum and all of the hands on activities.

Vincent Irwin

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Perfect place for adults and kids to be a kid and learn something new. The Tesla cool show is pretty cool and informative too. Glad my kids could see that as I remembering doing once as a child

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