This year brings more accolades as the museum has been named a finalist for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award. The honor is handed-out by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and towns and cities.”
Museum CEO Kelley Bass said, “Among the 33 institutions named as finalists, the Museum of Discovery is one of only six science and technology centers that target children, which makes this honor even more notable for us.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging visitors who have visited Museum of Discovery to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page.
Three areas of exploration are available: Amazing You, dealing with the amazing human body; Discovery Hall, where physics, engineering and math are investigated; and Earth Journeys, which examines global earth processes and extreme weather in Arkansas. The Science Museum of Minnesota worked with the museum to design the three gallery format, select the exhibits and to develop interpretive signs. Visitors can learn about “Amazing Airways,” learn to build things in the “Tinkering Studio,” play with a puzzle of the Arkansas River, play with the “Extreme Weather Station,” and view a huge topographic map of the state. In “Tornado Alley,” visitors can “ride out” the 1999 twister that hit Little Rock while listening to memories of those who experienced it.
Congratulations to the Museum of Discovery! We are very fortunate to have such a facility in The Natural State. If you haven’t been, now is the perfect t time to visit. If you’ve already been, make plans for a return trip. Things are always happening here.