Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs

Science Museum · Children’s Museum
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, such as a "ball machine" that hits billiard balls all around an elaborate track.

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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  • Lots to see and do with so many interactive displays. Even had outside things to see and do. Kids loved it.  more »
  • Loved the hands on exhibits. Learnt all kinds of interesting science. The entrance fee is way worth it.  more »
  • Fantastic educational activity for two kids (ages 4 & 5). We had a blast! Loved the interactive nature of the exhibits and the friendly vibe. The Tesla show was a favorite as was the Dino Trek...  more »
  • Excellent and must-see stop! I remember visiting when I was little and it has been completely redone in recent years. My daughter loved exploring! Her favorite was the cave. She also enjoyed the sky walk and the trails. We will absolutely be back for more fun soon.
  • A really awesome place to go with the family! My kids abd I absolutely loved it and could spend all day here! Lots to do and lots to learn. Tons of interactive displays and things to play with. I'd definitely go back and plan on staying a lot longer! We had so much fun that I forgot to take any photos 🤷
  • This place never gets old! We visit every summer and the museum does a wonderful job of rotating exhibits and providing new experiences each time we go. Be sure to pay the extra $3 to see the Tesla Coil show. It is filled with interesting stories about Tesla and Edison and you get to see the coil in action. There is a snack bar and gift shop and plenty of restrooms throughout the building.
  • It’s really lovely and a really fun experience for kids. They have a tree house set up that was my favorite part because it puts appreciating nature into a fun perspective. The dinosaur trail might be a little off it’s facts on dinosaur size in terms of their display but it’s still great to look at and learn about their time periods!
  • We always love going here. A dinosaur trail is now there. One very difficult up hill and down hill and one track moderately easy walking track, located outdoors. So many neat things to tinker with and see. If you love science and your kids do, it's always a must go to place for us.

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