The Arkansas Museum of Discovery is an interactive and engaging science center in downtown Little Rock that offers summer camp opportunities, educational school and public programs, Saturday workshops, Science After Dark for adults, Spark!, Tinkerfest, and Wiggle Worms.
In 1927, the museum originally opened as the Museum of
Natural History and Antiques. When the museum
reached its accreditation in 1993, it had amassed over 14,000 artifacts. During the 1970s, the museum dedicated itself
to creating more museum and outreach programs to better engage and educate the
The museum moved to its River
Market location and changed its name to The Arkansas Museum of Discovery in
1998; “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” (“About”). The museum
merged with the Children’s Museum of Arkansas and became a Smithsonian Affiliate
in 2003. In 2011, the museum underwent extensive
renovations and became a full-fledged science center.