Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs

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The Mid-America Science Museum is a science museum located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It has more than 100 hands-on exhibits — both traveling and permanent exhibits. Many permanent exhibits were built in the early 1980s and are still on display. The museum has recently been renovated and expanded.

Several of Rowland Emett's "things" (kinetic sculptures) have been at the museum since it opened, including The Featherstone-Kite Openwork Basketweave Mark Two Gentleman’s Flying Machine, as well as several that appear in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as inventions of that film's character Caractacus Potts.

One of the museum's permanent exhibits is the most powerful conical Tesla coil, which can produce 1.5 million volts of electricity.
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  • My daughter,33 and myself, 64, had the most fun on our mom daughter trip her at the science museum. Two science geeks spent 4 hours here! Great hands-on learning. 
    My daughter,33 and myself, 64, had the most fun on our mom daughter trip her at the science museum. Two science geeks spent 4 hours here! Great hands-on learning.  more »
  • Took my 2 grown children, along with my 7 & 10 yr old grandbabies, on a Sunday and had a blast! From the dinosaurs along the walkway, to all the hands-on activities inside, my littles were so excited....  more
    Took my 2 grown children, along with my 7 & 10 yr old grandbabies, on a Sunday and had a blast! From the dinosaurs along the walkway, to all the hands-on activities inside, my littles were so excited....  more »
  • This is a nice little museum, but best for young kids. Our teens were bored. I was mostly bored. The best part was the Tesla coil show. That was really interesting. It has some fun exhibits, but not.....  more
    This is a nice little museum, but best for young kids. Our teens were bored. I was mostly bored. The best part was the Tesla coil show. That was really interesting. It has some fun exhibits, but not.....  more »
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  • Come over bring the kids & get ready for some fun while you learn a few things. Check out the Tesla show & also the dome theater, and many more things to enjoy. All of it is a hands on experience. You won't be disappointed. Only$12 per adult.
  • Great place to take the family especially if you have kids under 10. Very interactive and informative. If you like dinosaurs they have a great outdoor dino hike through the woods. On a sidewalk but wear good walking shoes as it's up and down several hills.
  • Great fun and "discovery zones" for kids and adults. Both indoor and outdoor so weather adaptable. Dinosaur exhibit leaving soon but I can't wait to see what's next!
  • This place was AMAZING! I think I saw kids and kids at heart enjoying all of the exhibits. From the Largest Tesla Coil to all of the interactive exhibits, just amazing. They had learning activities for all types. I would recommend making a day of it if you go, we have food allergies so we packed a lunch which we were able to eat on site (and saw many others picnic'ing as well). I'm so glad we planned on it taking so long because we were really able to take time to do everything as opposed to rushing it. Also, if you keep your reciept you can go in and out on that day. The staff were also great in helping with exhibits that might not be that easy to understand or if something was missing they could easily get the right piece in place.
  • We had the time of our lives! One of the best museums I have taken my kids to. PRO TIP: If you can, go on a weekday mid to late afternoon. All of the field trippers were leaving and we practically had the place to ourselves! All of the hands on activities were so much fun. We probably enjoyed the water the most. Or maybe the animation stations. Or maybe the thermo camera. No, definitely the little cave maze. We practically got lost in it. I wouldn't recommend going in if there are other kids there, but again, we were basically the only ones there. I would also suggest skipping the Dino exhibit in the summer months. It's pretty lengthy and my kids grew bored of it rather quickly. Even my nearly 17 year old had a great time. Highly recommend!

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