The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce expanded its partnership with the Museum of Discovery to bring two interactive, educational exhibits to downtown Conway.

The exhibits, “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” and “Science and Art,” will span 5,000 square feet in the Grand Theatre Building beginning President’s Day, Feb. 18, until the end of the Toad Suck Daze festival in May.

“Our hope is that this installation will serve as a ‘proof of concept’ for future amenities— like a satellite location for the Museum of Discovery — in downtown Conway,” Chamber official Lindsay Henderson said.

In 2018, the Museum of Discovery teamed up with the chamber to bring Toad Suck Tinkerfest to the annual festival.

Chamber officials said the exhibits will be free to area schools and the public thanks to Nabholz Construction, the Conway Convention and Visitors Bureau, Conway Downtown Partnership, Toad Suck Daze and its presenting sponsors, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and and First Arkansas Bank & Trust contributing to the endeavor.

“Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” and “Science and Art” will be open to the public on weekends and the week of spring break, CDP Executive Director Kim Williams said.

The exhibits have been featured in renowned children’s museums around the U.S.

“Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” is set in the Mexican rain forest. Participants examine skeletal remains, interpret glyphs and symbols in a mural and use science and math skills to solve the mystery.

“Every aspect of the the Mayan adventure is a learning opportunity for children and adults,” a Museum of Discovery spokesman said. “This immersive adventure into the Mayan culture allows visitors to be hands on at every turn.”

“Science and Art” encourages people of all ages “to discover their inner scientist and their inner artist.”

“[The exhibit] explores this amazing connection by introducing visitors to five real-life scientists who have used science to create innovative and unique works of art,” a museum spokesman said.

Participants study Origami, scientific research as interpreted through art and One Bit, which is music that is part art, part physics and part mathematics. The exhibit also highlights fashion design that includes electrical engineering including wearable creations that blink, flash and buzz.

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