Walton Family Foundation Awards $10 Million to Amazeum

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a $10 million matching grant toward construction of the Amazeum, an interactive family museum to be located near the Walton-supported Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas Business reports.

The gift launches the public phase of a $28.5 million capital campaign for the project. Scheduled to open in 2015, the 45,000-square-foot museum will feature interactive art and science exhibits, including a climbable canopy structure, a "tinkering studio" for young inventors, and an acre of outdoor space.

In addition to the gift, the foundation's Rob and Melani Walton Fund has donated land for the museum. Supporters of the Amazeum began working on plans for it in 2006, and the museum hired its first employee in 2008. The project also has received funding from the Hershey Company, General Mills, and Nickelodeon. The foundation previously awarded a $370,000 grant in support of the museum.

"The Amazeum and its amenities will be critical connectors in our vibrant and diverse community," said Rob Brothers, the director of the Walton Family Foundation's home region focus area. "Ensuring the reality and longevity of this attraction will make our region an even better place to work and play."