The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs is upgrading to cater to the 100,000 visitors that pass through each year.
A 5,300 sq. ft. Learning Center addition will be added to the existing site. This will include a 126 seat theater, which will be divided into two 62 seat venues.
Joe Muller, C.O.O. and Business Manager of the Mammoth Site, says the new additional could have a big affect on the community.
"We have about 100,000 visitors a year here and that has a huge impact to a community of 3,500 people. We'll be able to have people stay more days. If there is a special lecture going on in the evening, we may be able to show some movies related to natural history and really create more of an interest in hot springs," Muller said.
If fundraising goes as planned, Muller says the project could be finished in time for their 40th anniversary next April.
At least 60 mammoths have been found in the area. The site has been under exploration since 1974, when a construction crew dug up mammoth bones on the south side of Hot Springs.