Bentonville’s Amazeum Plan Evolving

Posted: November 29, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Amazeum officials remain confident the planned facility will open some time in 2015.

At A Glance


Major events in the development of the Amazeum:

• 2006: Some area parents, business leaders and educators come together to explore the idea of creating a children’s museum. The Children’s Museum of Northwest Arkansas is awarded nonprofit status in June.

• 2007: A firm from Columbus, Ohio, conducts a feasibility study that shows a desire and need for a children’s museum in Northwest Arkansas. The first small donations from local residents are received.

• 2008: The museum hires Holly Hook as its capital campaign coordinator and its first employee. About 400 people attend the museum’s inaugural “Dancing with the Stars of Northwest Arkansas” fundraiser. The Walton Family Foundation awards a $370,000 grant to the museum.

• 2010-12: The museum collects donations, explores potential locations and develops designs and exhibits. Sam Dean, the museum’s first director, is hired in late 2012.

• June 13: A news conference is held to announce the museum will be called the Amazeum and that it will be built on Northeast J Street in Bentonville. Officials say they plan to break ground in early 2014.

Source: Staff Report

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