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Mid-America Science Museum Transformed in New Renovation

HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas — Groups can hold after-hours meetings at the Mid-America Science Museum, which recently reopened its doors following the first major expansion since the museum opened in 1979.

“It is essentially a new museum,” said Jim Miller, Mid-America’s director of marketing. “It is just as interactive, but it is definitely more technology driven than it has been in the past.”

Mid-America, which is the state’s first Smithsonian affiliate, had been closed since last summer to allow work on the renovations, which came to fruition thanks to capital campaigns including a $7.8 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Along with new workshop and exhibit stations, Mid-America also now hosts a 50-seat digital dome theater (the only digital dome theater in the state) and new sights like the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, which extends out from the main building into the forest canopy surrounding the museum.