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Walmart Foundation gives $1.5 million to kids' museum

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 5, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — The Walmart Foundation has donated $1.5 million to a planned family museum to be built near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The donation will go to fund a traveling exhibit gallery at the Amazeum, a planned 44,500-square-foot museum in Bentonville.

Amazeum executive director Sam Dean says the donation will give the museum a boost to reaching its capital campaign goal of $28.5 million.

The Amazeum will include interactive exhibits like a Tinkering Studio, water area, climbable tree canopy and an exploratory wet lab.

The museum will be built on Northeast J Street near Crystal Bridges, which was created by Alice Walton.

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