Courtesy of the Children will marvel at the multitude of hands-on activities available at the Mid-America Science Museum

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500 Mid America Blvd


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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Mid-America Science Museum sports an eclectic mix of exhibits, so you're essentially guaranteed to stumble upon something interesting during your visit. Inside the museum, travelers marvel at the massive Tesla coil, as well as explore the underground cave maze, which features displays devoted to geology. The museum houses numerous other indoor activities, but visitors should set aside some time to explore outside. The museum's grounds include a massive skywalk and sculptures of dinosaurs, which wind through a wooded trail.

The Mid-America Science Museum's hands-on activities impressed recent travelers. Subsequently, they claim that the museum's exhibits will entertain everyone in your group, regardless of their ages. Saving the Mid-America Science Museum as a rainy day activity proved to be the most common advice provided by past travelers, though, be sure to set aside a few hours to get the most out of the museum.

Admission to the Mid-America Science Museum costs $10 for adults, $8 for children age 3 to 12 and seniors age 65 and older, and is free for children 2 and younger. The museum's hours vary. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. (closed on Monday). From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about the Mid-American Science Museum, check out the museum's website. To reach the museum, travelers must trek about 6 miles west of downtown Hot Springs in their car or via the No. 2 (red) bus route.

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