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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.


Sarah Kennedy

Thursday, June 28, 2018
This was an amazing museum for our 3 year old (and the 5 adults ranging from 28-57). Plenty of interactive exhibits and activities where you can have fun while learning. We stopped to stretch our legs and let the little one play during our road trip. The price wasn't bad and they offer a discounted rate for kids and teachers. I will definitely go back whenever I visit again.

Taylor Dunn

Monday, June 25, 2018
Price wasn’t bad, $18 for an adult and 4 year old child. I didn’t think it was as small as it was though. I’m from Alabama and we have a very big science museum for kids so I expected more for what I paid. We looked at everything and did all the exhibits in probably an hour or so. There’s no food court which was a bummer, but there are vending machines. My daughter enjoyed it but I wasn’t too impressed. The parking deck was also $6 to get out. And parking around there is awful. Overall it was decent though, good place to take your kids if you’re out of town.

Luis Lopez

Monday, July 2, 2018
My wife and I went to Museum of Discovery during their once a month adult night where they have their museum set around a specific theme. $10 per person with a $2 extra feature. We went during "Dangerous Science Night" and we had a blast! I can honestly say that I felt like a kid again. Going during these themed nights are perfect for a date night.

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!

Susan Baker

Saturday, April 28, 2018
It was very enjoyable. I haven't been there in several years. I love all the different things that they have to teach our children at an early age about technology. The staff was very professional. The manager would come through to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves and to answer questions if we had them. I would recommend this place to everyone kids and the kids in us.

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