Amazeum announces $10.35 million donation and expansion plan

Picture from left are Lee Scott, Eric Scott, Elda Scott, Sophia Scott, Amelia Scott, Elda Scott, and Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean during a press announcement on Thursday, May 11, 2023. (Courtesy)

The Scott Family Amazeum will use a $10.35 million gift to expand the children’s museum in Bentonville, officials announced.

The donation comes from the Scott family, which includes former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife Linda.

The family were among early advocates of the facility, that was initially known as The Childrens Museum of Northwest Arkansas before being renamed in honor of the Scotts ahead of its July 2015 opening.

Museum officials said the money will be used to expand STEAM education initiatives, create new spaces and programs, and build a 5,000-square-foot community gathering building.

“The Amazeum has had a tremendous impact on our family, and we believe in the importance of investing in its future,” said Lee Scott. “Through this ongoing commitment to the Amazeum, we are investing in the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and leaders – ensuring that the Amazeum continues to inspire and educate future generations.”

The 50,000-square-foot museum is located at 1009 Museum Way in Bentonville.