In the Making: Ideas Come to Life

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Date(s) - 10/22/2022 - 05/01/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Scott Family Amazeum


Scott Family Amazeum Unveils Interactive

Exhibition to Usher in the ‘Year of Making’

In the Making: Ideas Come to Life exhibit showcases creative people, products, and design processes from Amazeum and Northwest Arkansas maker community.

Bentonville, Ark. – October 21, 2022 – Visitors to the Scott Family Amazeum will soon get a window into the process of how makers conceive, design, and build exhibitions. From October 22, 2022, through May of 2023, the Amazeum will offer In the Making: Ideas Come to Life, a new, interactive exhibition designed to highlight the creative processes involved in turning inspiration into real objects, along with many of the messy steps, experiments, mistakes, and lessons learned along the way. The exhibition will feature new exhibits from the Amazeum’s creative team and pieces at different points in their design process.

“What’s often missing from the story of how things are made are the many steps involved in the messy middle part of projects – where you test, revise, and sometimes move backward to move forward,” reflected Sam Dean, the Amazeum’s Executive Director.

One of the main objectives of the exhibit is to inspire guests to make something themselves. “When someone finds inspiration and feels compelled to put their thoughts to action by their own power, they become a maker.”

Designers, scientists, engineers, technologists, artists, and all creative fields have these periods of intense experimentation and trial and error of iterations and versions. Senior Exhibition Manager Simon Mused reflected, “this exhibit pulls the curtain back and shows some of that process by bringing our own new exhibit ideas out for testing.”

The exhibition will also feature works in progress by key community partners. The current Amazeum Makers in Residence, Tyler Altenhofen and Dayton Castleman, along with former resident Eugene Sargent, will also be displaying exhibits of their own.

In the Making will complement the Amazeum’s 50,000-square feet of exhibit and learning space that bring learning to life and enhance family involvement, while evoking a sense of curiosity and discovery through hands-on activities. These exhibits include the 3M Tinkering Hub, the General Mills Lift, Load and Haul, Market Sponsored by Walmart, Nature Valley Water Amazements, Nickelodeon Play Lab, Hershey’s Lab and more. These exhibitions are inspired by the landscape, culture, and innovative spirit of the region.


The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities for families. Located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, the Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, the 3M Tinkering Hub, Hershey’s Lab, Nickelodeon PlayLab, the Market sponsored by Walmart, and nearly one acre of outdoor space. For more information about the museum, visit