From modest beginnings in a single rented room to a state-of-the-art 50,000-square foot facility on a 14-acre campus, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) represents more than a half-century of community investment in education. Its founders – educators and civic leaders – had a vision: to create a center of academic excellence that would celebrate the intersection of arts and sciences through hands-on activities, stimulate curiosity, and instill a passion for lifelong learning in all those who visit the Museum. Today, that founding vision is more relevant and powerful than ever before. Private investments combined with public funding support have allowed the MAS to grow gradually over its 60-year history into the regional cultural asset we all enjoy today – one of Georgia’s finest nationally accredited museums.

Our Mission

Our mission is to stimulate curiosity, evoke wonder, and inspire lifelong learning through dynamic experiences that unite arts and sciences.

Our Vision

We envision a community strengthened by inquiry, expression, and innovation.

Our Core Values

Commitment to Education

The Museum believes that exposure to the real thing—actual works of art, live animals, and three-dimensional natural and scientific objects, as well as hands-on opportunities to explore nature and humankind’s impact upon it—are key to developing knowledge of and appreciation for the world in which we live. It encourages children, adults, and families alike to pursue life- long learning.


Community Service and Accessibility

The Museum was founded to serve the community by presenting exhibits and programs of broad interest and importance to an audience that reflects the demographics of its region, and make them accessible to all visitors. It increases its impact by collaborating with a wide range of educational and cultural institutions, governmental agencies, and membership organizations.


Leadership and Excellence

The Museum intends to be a leader among its peers, and in its community. It embraces the highest standards in governance, collections care and management, accuracy of interpretation, and quality programming. The public trust and influence it has earned over the years are a source of pride, husbanded carefully.


Respect and Inclusiveness

The Museum has a responsibility to visitors, volunteers, board members, donors, and the public at large to respect the dignity of every individual; it must be inclusive in its offerings without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental challenges.


Accountability and Professionalism

The Museum is determined to be a good steward of an asset that the community came together to create and which serves a vital public function. It holds itself accountable for the best use of its collections, facilities, staff, boards, volunteers, and financial resources. It is committed to transparency and integrity in carrying out its Mission. It seeks to achieve the highest levels of professionalism via staff training, participation in professional organizations, and the use of informed scholars and consultants.

Board of Trustees

Judge Philip Raymond,

Bibb County Superior Court


Mayor Lester Miller,

City of Macon-Bibb County


Dr. Dan Sims, Superintendent

Bibb County Public Schools


Gary Wheat, President/CEO

Visit Macon


Jessica Walden, President/CEO

Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors:

2024 Officers:


Mary Hunter Harrell, CFA


Past President & Legal Advisor

G. Boone Smith IV, JD


President Elect

Geneva West, MBA



Corrie E. Hall, JD



Mr. Tom Wight, CPA


Endowment Challenge Chair

Malcolm Burgess


Past Presidents Council Chair

Julia Wood, MBA


James B. Ferrari, PhD

Matthew J. Marone, PhD

Grace Simms Martin, JD

Erin McClenathan, PhD

Wini McQueen

Tiffany Olson

Blair Train

Mary McCartin Wearn, PhD