Mid-America Science Museum is Arkansas largest hands-on science center and the states first Smithsonian Affiliate. With over 100 engaging, hands-on exhibits that explore the wonders of energy, matter, life and perception, the Museum seeks to spark curiosity and enhance scientific understanding through inquiry, observational skills and discovery learning. Experience Underground Arkansas, Energy Island, the Virtual Reality Simulator, and much, much more!
The Museum is also home to the world's most powerful conical Tesla Coil - officially designated in 2007, by Guinness World Records. Daily shows of its 1.5 million volts of electricity can be seen in "Caged Lightning," along with a hair-raising adventure on the Van De Graaff Generator.
Located on a heavily wooded, 21-acre site, the 50,000 square-foot building is an architectural wonder, connected by a glass-encased catwalk over a running stream.
Our family decided to check out the Mid-America Science Museum while we were on a family vacation to Hot Springs. It was a rainy day and we were looking for an indoor activity that would get our son moving. This museum fit the bill. There are many hands on activities that engage children of all ages. Exhibits were in good working order and FUN!
The Skycycle, which is not a permanent exhibit, was a favorite exhibit. It’s an exhibit that lets you feel the center of gravity in a fun and unique way. We also enjoyed the underground Arkansas cave. It’s an exhibit not to missed. Seeing a Tesla Coil in action was another great highlight of our trip. Seeing a Tesla Coil in action is a must see activity. Our afternoon also included a walk outside along the woodland trail as the rain had stopped. This museum seems to have many new rotating exhibits and the permanent exhibits are just as fun and educational as those coming and going.
My family left the museum excited about what we had seen and experienced that day and glad that we had decided to make a stop at the Mid-Atlanta Science Museum. We used our membership from our local science museum to get us a discounted admission while visiting the Hot Springs area. This saved us a bit of money, but I would not have minded paying full price.
Mid America Science Museum has been around since I was a kid, so last summer I took my little boy. It's an affordable way to spend the day and educational to boot! They had some neat things that I remembered all those years ago when I was a child that my son enjoyed. Like the BIG blocks of ice that you stick your finger in to see it melt. There are LOTS of hands on activities for kids of all ages to enjoy! There is even a short nature trail to walk. I enjoyed seeing it again thru my son's eyes.