The Museum of Discovery is Little Rock’s hands-on science museum for children. The museum concentrates on making science and technology fun for all ages. It has many permanent exhibits that let children conduct hands-on experiments in electricity, light and color, architecture, robotics, computer technology, human anatomy and Arkansas history.
The museum also has special featured exhibits throughout the year. These exhibits normally fit with the museum’s theme of fun, hands-on science education. You can check the calendar for more information about current and upcoming exhibits.
The museum underwent a huge remodel in 2011 when Indoor Resin Installers placed new floors and has added a tinkering studio to encourage future makers to invent. But as well as a work of architecture, a museum is above all a building subject to many different constraints. The first and most important requirement is of course the ability to adequately house the exhibits on display. Yet another challenge is posed by the sheer numbers of visitors, which place the building under severe strain. Versatility is another aspect determined by the conditions of use: a museum that holds temporary exhibitions will require a degree of flexibility that is unnecessary in one that only houses a permanent collection. But generally speaking, the need for flexibility is the rule. Alongside the areas devoted to the exhibits, museums often also have commercial spaces such as restaurants and bookshops which provide a valuable source of revenue.
Located in the River Market at 500 President Clinton Ave #150.
Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Under 1: Free
Children 1-11: $8
Adult 12-64: $10
Seniors: 60 and older: $8.00
Little Rock City Employees: $8.00
Active and Retired Military: $8.00
Children under 12 months of age are admitted free
The museum offers themed birthday parties, camp-ins for scouts and groups, summer camps and special Saturday activities. Call the museum for details.