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Museum of Discovery

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The Museum of Natural History & Antiquities opened in 1927 on Main Street. It is Little Rock's oldest museum. The original collection featured the well-publicized "Head of a Chicago Criminal."

Mrs. Babcock gave the museum to the City of Little Rock as a Christmas present in 1929, and the museum moved to City Hall.

The museum relocated to the Tower Building of the federal arsenal in MacArthur Park in 1942, where it remained for the next 55 years.

The museum moved to the River Market in 1998, and remains today.

The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum's exhibits.

In 1998, the museum moved to the River Market and changed its name to the Museum of Discovery. The new facility provided more hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs, and the museum began to focus more intensely on science, technology, engineering and math. In 2003, the museum merged with the Children's Museum of Arkansas and assumed responsibility for addressing the needs of preschool children. Also in 2003, the museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate.

In 2011, the museum closed for nine months in order to add a new entrance and undergo a total renovation. This project, funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, also provided funding for new, interactive science exhibits, completing the museum's transformation from a collecting museum to a science center.

The Mission of the Museum of Discovery: To ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment.

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Hours of Operation:
Tue9:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr9:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat9:00 AM5:00 PM
Sun1:00 PM5:00 PM
Notes: Closed on Monday, except the following holidays Martin Luther King Day Labor Day Presidents' Day Closed on the following holidays Easter Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Day Additional Closures May 25 - 28, 2012 September 4-7, 2012


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