Little Rock, Ark (August 10, 2023) – Museum of Discovery is looking forward to some exciting discoveries of its own with the announcement of the installation of two new permanent galleries that will open in early November.
The Little Rock-based science center announced the 78 new exhibits/experiences that will fill Science Lab and Dynamic Earth will replace the exhibits that were destroyed in the February 2021 flood caused by burst pipes and resulting in $7.6 million in damages.
Science Lab features three content-focused zones: Forces & Energy, Light & Sound, and Electricity & Magnetism. Each area features interactive exhibits that combine experimentation and intuitive exploration of concepts.
Dynamic Earth demonstrates how the planet changes through three zones: Adaptation, Transformations, and Forces of Change. Guests will witness how the smallest of microbes recycle energy back into systems of life or see what sets drastic geological changes into motion.
“We are all so happy to be able to announce the pending debuts of these two exciting new galleries and appreciate everyone’s patience in the 2 ½ year process of these exhibits being designed, fabricated and soon installed,” says Kelley Bass, museum CEO. “We are confident these new exhibits will thrill our guests and pique their curiosity and sense of wonder.”
Construction on Science Lab will begin Monday, August 21, resulting in the closure of two exhibitions currently on display, A-MAZE-D and Science & Art. However, construction on Dynamic Earth downstairs will not begin until October 9, which means guests can continue to enjoy the popular Keva exhibit and get up-close looks at the museum’s animal ambassadors. Due to the closings of some of the museum’s exhibits and the ongoing construction related to the new galleries, all general admission tickets will be discounted $2 beginning August 21.
These projects are coming on the heels of Museum of Discovery’s installation of a two-story, three-tower climbing structure that debuted in November 2022. Science Lab, Dynamic Earth and the climber were designed by Hands On! Studio of St. Petersburg, Fla., and fabricated by Universal Services Associates of Folcroft, Penn.
For more information, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org or call 501-396-7050.
About Museum of Discovery
Founded in 1927, Museum of Discovery is one of the state’s oldest museums. Its mission is to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences. To learn more, visit museumofdiscovery.org.