It’s been a while since we reported anything on the NWA science museum front. Last we heard, the folks on the board we’re taking a look at a few of the proposed sites and performing feasability studies to determine the best location.
Now, according to The Democrat Gazette, while the studies are underway, the folks at Science Springs(When did they name the museum?) hope to open a temporary exhibit in the former Bank of America space on the square. Though no formal arrangements or partnerships have been formed at this point, the temporary exhibit would hopefully contain exhibits from the Smithsonian Museum as well as artifacts from the University of Arkansas’ defunct Science Museum.
Musuem officials feel that if residents of Northwest Arkansas can get a glimpse of what the museum would be like on a very small scale, it will build excitement over the possibilities of a full-fledged science museum.
I think they’re right. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. But I’m a geek, so take that for what it’s worth.
Of the three possible locations for the museum, Cave Springs is the only place that is publicly known. The other two locations are being kept secret. It’s all very hush, hush. Hopefully we’ll get word soon on the final location of the museum.
Now it’s time for a little bit of speculation. Feel free to throw in your own thoughts on this as well. Since the museum is planning on opening a small exhibit in Fayetteville(not Cave Springs or any other town in NWA, mind you) it seems to me that this could be an indicator that not only is Fayetteville on the “list of three” as I’m now calling it, but is, in fact, the front runner in the competition. I’d also like to add that I belive it was Mr. Green in the library with the candlestick.
While the plans for the temporary exhibit are in motion, it’s certainty is still up in the air. The museum has applied for $500,000 in grants which would cover one year of operation for the exhibit including rent, operations and exhibit costs. We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed in hopes of seeing this small exhibit become a reality… We’ve crossed everything else in hopes of landing the $80-$100 million dollar museum here in Fayetteville, where it belongs.
[Via The Democrat Gazette]