Amid loud applause and colorful celebration, dirt was scooped up today at the groundbreaking for Amazeum, a new children’s museum being built on Northeast J Street near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
Organizers have spent several years fundraising and planning for this museum that will engage the entire family in exploration, learning and fun. It’s exciting to see this family learning center coming to fruition.
Amazeum will have an environment, inside and out, that is rich with stimulation for the mind. It will be a more than 45,000-square-foot facility with an acre of outdoor space. It is meant to engage the imagination of all ages and bring art and science to life through hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and resources.
It will be a fun place for imagining, problem solving, discover and collaboration between children and adults. Expect elements such a climbable canopy structure, and a Tinkering Studio for budding inventors.
Businesses and organizations will enjoy the meeting spaces, and new venue for corporate retreats encouraging creativity and teamwork.
Northwest Arkansas is lucky to have another exciting, new space to play on the horizon. Amazeum is expected to open in 2015. Membership and the minimal entry fee that the museum will have will likely be determined this fall.
Some major contributors are helping make this dream a reality. The signature Partners include, Lee and Linda Scott, with presenting rights; Nickelodeon; Walmart Foundation; The Hershey Company; General Mills; The Walton Family Foundation, and Walmart Stores. The Walton Family Foundation, in particular, provided a 1:1 matching grant for $10 million, as well as the land where Amazeum is being built.