The Museum of Discovery is Arkansas's premier science center and has been ranked by Mensa and USA Today as one of the best science museums in America. The museum is located alongside Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock's River Market District with convenient parking and walking access to hotels, restaurants and shops. With the capacity to accommodate 600+ guests throughout its 25,000 square ft. venue, it offers many different event options and configurations. Rentable space includes the Great Hall, Awesome Science Theater, GigaBite snack area, and 3 multipurpose rooms.
The museum features 90 hands-on exhibits and a variety of engaging programs. Take shelter from a powerful twister in the Tornado Alley Theater, experience the principles of physics and force on a bed of nails, create without limits in the Tinkering Studio and meet animals from around the world. The Museum of Discovery is also the home of a Guinness World Record musical bi-polar Tesla coil that produces 200,000 volts of electricity and a newly-renovated six and under space.
The museum will be following directives from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) as well as implementing additional policies to ensure the safety of its guests and staff. These include:
Proper face coverings for all staff, volunteers and guests older than 10 years of age. Face masks will be available for purchase for guests who need them.
Limiting crowd size to less than the one-third capacity per the ADH directive
Implementing social distancing
Increased cleaning and sanitization
Additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum
Signage to reinforce social distancing and ADH directives
Temperature checks for all staff and volunteers before entering the museum
Temporarily closing exhibits and spaces that may be especially high-touch or difficult to allow social distancing or sanitization
Advanced safety procedure training for staff and volunteers
In-person summer camps will begin Monday, June 22 following ADH directives and additional museum safety procedures as well.
During its closure, Museum of Discovery is undergoing building improvements, cleanings and installations that will assist in ongoing sanitization efforts such as the:
* Installation of hospital-grade air filters throughout the building
* Assessment of each exhibit to create detailed cleaning procedures and schedules
* Installation of UV lights in all air ducts to destroy airborne viruses, bacteria and pollutants
* Installation of plexiglass shields to the admissions and Explore Store desks
Additionally, the museum has purchased equipment, such as an industrial electrostatic disinfectant sprayer, that will make cleaning spaces such as its early childhood gallery," Room to Grow", easier, less time-consuming and more effective.