Amazeum gets $10.35M from Lee Scott family for expansion

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The Scott Family Amazeum is expanding with the help of a $10.35 million gift from the Lee and Linda Scott family. Details were announced Thursday (May 11) at the Bentonville children’s museum.

The donation is led by former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife Linda, their sons Eric Scott and wife Elda, and Wyatt Scott and his wife Janell.

According to a news release, the contribution comes after a series of conversations with Northwest Arkansas stakeholders to identify opportunities to support early learners and their caregivers further, expand STEAM education initiatives throughout the region, and create new, innovative spaces and programs for pre-teens, teens and adults.

The Scott family’s gift will catalyze the further expansion of the Amazeum, including a 5,000-square-foot community gathering building. A dedicated space for early learners will also complement the campus.

“The Amazeum has had a tremendous impact on our family, and we believe in the importance of investing in its future,” said 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.”

Since opening in 2015, the Scott Family Amazeum has provided STEAM-based exhibits, programs and curriculum training for teachers in the region. The release said its focus is also to be a driving force for lifelong learning for toddlers and their caregivers. It includes 50,000 square feet of exhibit and learning spaces.

“We are so grateful for the leadership and ongoing support from the Scott Family,” said Sam Dean, executive director at the Amazeum. “Since the inception of the museum, Lee and Linda have been strong advocates for STEAM-based education and inspiring children and adults to learn, create and explore.”