Scott Family Amazeum Announces Two Million Dollar Walmart and Walmart Foundation Gift

August 31, 2023


Bentonville, Arkansas – The Scott Family Amazeum is pleased to announce a combined $2M investment from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. This investment includes a $500,000 grant from Walmart to refresh the current look and feel of the Market exhibit to better reflect the current branding, initiatives, and store experience of Walmart/Sam’s Club. A grant of $1.5 million from the Walmart Foundation will provide a welcoming exterior area that is an inclusive space for people to gather, socialize, and connect with one another.

By creating a physical space that encourages face-to-face interaction, the expanded outdoor space at the Amazeum will help foster a sense of community and belonging among its visitors. Additionally, by offering flexible rooms for a wide range of events, future expanded common spaces will help to bring people together for shared experiences and celebrations. This could include everything from birthday parties to community events, robotics competitions, and corporate team-building activities. Existing beyond the paywall of the museum, the outside space and exterior gathering area will be a place where families and the community can connect.

“We are fortunate that the Scott Family Amazeum provides such an enriching space for families to build stronger connections in our home region,” said Julie Gehrki, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Walmart Foundation. “We are excited about the outdoor gathering space, which will offer a creative, inspiring place for residents to deepen connections, and about refreshing the popular Market exhibit to show kids how fun retail can be. We are honored to support the Amazeum’s mission to make a positive impact on families in our community.”

Children playing on the playscape at the Scott Family Amazeum.

“The Amazeum is grateful for the continued support from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said Chief Philanthropy Officer Jennifer Martinez Belt. “These funds will help children and families across Northwest Arkansas and beyond have access to quality, hands-on learning opportunities in a creative atmosphere where all are welcome.”


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