Scott Family Amazeum Debuts Retractable Roof
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (April 1, 2016) — Today, the Scott Family Amazeum unveiled a unique architectural feature: a fully retractable roof.
The roof, which slides back via a track similar to railroad tracks, opened prior to guest entry at 10 am and be open for the entire day, rain or shine. The Amazeum is the first children’s museum in the world to have a retractable roof. Many professional sports team facilities have venues with roofs that open, but this system was uniquely designed by Joe K. Sonu to facilitate the type of experience the museum’s team wanted to offer.
“This is an important element for us to include in the building,” said Sam Dean, executive director. “We want children to have authentic experiences, authentic items to spur their imagination and what could be more authentic than Arkansas weather.”
Dean notes that not all exhibits are completely waterproof, but that team members will be able to secure giant umbrellas, also unique to the Amazeum. The umbrellas were designed by renowned textile artist R. N. Twee-Funi.
Staff don’t expect the open-air concept to deter guests, though office work will be a bit of a challenge at times. The roof will be closed during times of extreme weather, including hail storms, snowfall, and tornado warnings. Other closings will be up to staff discretion.
About the Scott Family Amazeum
The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families in Northwest Arkansas. 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, and nearly one acre of outdoor space. A bunch of very funny, fun-loving people who fully embrace the spirit of April Fool’s Day work at the museum. For more information about the museum, visit amazeum.org.
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