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Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs to expand in 2019

December 23, 2018

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Expansion plans by the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs include groundbreaking on a 7,000-square-foot free-standing exhibition hall within a few months.

The Sentinel-Record reported Sunday that groundbreaking ceremonies are expected in March. Museum Executive Director Diane LaFollette says the complex should open on Labor Day weekend.

Hot Springs voters, during a September special election, approved issuing up to $2 million in bonds to pay for the exhibition hall. The Hot Springs Board of Directors on Oct. 30 authorized the private placement of a $1,575,000 bond issue.

The Sentinel-Record reports that as of Dec. 13 about $1.5 million needed for the project had been secured by the city.

Officials say the museum’s net fundraising steps will involve contributions to attract traveling exhibits.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com