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Mid-America Science Museum receives $7.8 Million grant

Mid-America Science Museum has been awarded a $7.8 million capital grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to renovate the museum's building and exhibits.
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Mid-America Science Museum (MASM) has been awarded a $7.8 million capital grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to renovate the museum's building and exhibits.

"We are thrilled for the Museum, and for the community of Hot Springs," said Lance Garner, MASM Board of Trustees Chairman. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our Museum to reach its
fullest potential."

MASM plans to offer stronger connections between science and visitors' everyday lives. With the expansion, the museum hopes to strengthen its usefulness and appeal to visiting children, while offering expanded learning opportunities for teachers and surrounding school systems as well.

MASM's revised exhibits and programs will offer a range of learning opportunities for visitors. The idea is to engage families and children at their own levels of interest and move them to a deeper level of understanding through open-ended and highly engaging activities. The museum plans to renovate every major exhibit hall resulting in a state-of-the-art facility for people of all ages.

Before the museum can start construction on the project, it must raise a $1.6 million match for the entire grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The museum hopes to begin construction by fall 2012.
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