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Historical Museum Guide for Arkansas

A directory of Historical Museums in Arkansas, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Arkansas?  A visit to these Arkansas history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit days gone by and learn more about early people in Arkansas.  Some Arkansas history museums have virtual tours, old historic photos, genealogy data, and museum exhibits online.  I have included links to these so  you can visit without ever leaving home!

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Arkansas History Museums

Arkansas County

Arkansas Post Museum   [Photo Tour]

Five buildings make up this complex of the southern Grand Prairie history.  Located at 5530 Highway 165 South, in Gillett, AR.

Arkansas Post National Memorial   [History]

The French trading post was settled in 1686 was the first permanent European colony in the Mississippi River Valley.  Watch out for alligators. The entrance to the park is off of Arkansas state road 169 about 9 miles south of Gillett.

Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie

With over 15,000 artifacts and dioramas depicting the early history of life on the Arkansas Grand Prairie, the museum features several historic buildings and insight into early rice farming in the area.

 

Baxter County Baxter County Heritage Museum  [History of Gassville]

The Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society offers a collection of historic records and memorabilia related to Baxter County.  They have also moved some historic buildings around the county to Cooper Park to create a pioneer village.  The village is comprised of a two log cabins, a shot-gun style house and the Shady Grove School.  The museum is located at 107 E. Main Street in Gassville, AR.

 

Benton County

1875 Peel Mansion  [Photos]

This beautiful 1875 Italianate Mansion was built by Colonel Samuel West Peel.  The farm was surrounded by 180 acres of apple trees.  The mansion is furnished with fine period antiques and artifacts and the gardens offer historic plants of great beauty.  Located at 400 South Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Bella Vista Museum

Located at 1885 Bella Vista Way in Bella Vista, AR.

Daisy Airgun Museum

Located inside the 1896 Rexall Drug Store and Soda Fountain in Rogers, it is a place to discover the history of Daisy Airguns.  Featured is a collection of antique Daisy Air Rifles and other related memorabilia. Located at 202 W. Walnut in Rogers, Arkansas.

Lowell Historical Museum

A place to discover Lowell's past.  Located in downtown Lowell, AR at 304 Jackson Place.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

[The Battle]

Learn about the Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge which occurred on March 7th & 8th, 1862.

15930 Highway 62

Garfield, Arkansas

Rogers Historical Museum   [Exhibits]

Discover the past history of Rogers, AZ at the Rogers Historical Museum.  Visitors may tour the 1895 Hawkins House and researchers will find a research library containing books, photographs, manuscripts, genealogical records and historical documents.  Located at 301 W. Chestnut in Rogers, AR.

Siloam Springs Museum

 

Carroll County

Eureka Springs Historical District

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Housed in the historic three story, 1889 Calif House, the limestone structure was built using limestone from the White River.  The town of Eureka Springs was known as a Victorian Health Spa with 54 luxury hotels.  Calif Spring is one of the many natural healthful springs located in the town.  Exhibits include a lovely art exhibit and the Cora Pinkley Call Log Cabin.  Stop by to learn about the early history of this famed area of Arkansas which is located  in the Eureka Springs Historical District at 95 South Main Street.

Family Heritage Museum

Six generations of family heirlooms are on display at the Family Heritage
Museum.  View vintage wedding dresses, antique buttons, dolls, glassware and
other old-time treasures.  Take a personal guided tour and get tips on how to
keep your family's legacy alive.  Located at 338 Onyx Cave Lane in Eureka Springs, AR.

 

Craighead County

Arkansas State University Museum

 

Faulkner County Faulkner County Historical Society and Museum

 

Franklin County Belle Museum and Chapel

Devoted to the preservation and exhibit of the history of Charleston and Franklin County, Arkansas, the museum is rich in historical artifacts and family history.  The chapel was built car 1920 and still serves a church today.  Located on Main Street in Charleston, AR.

 

Garland County Hot Springs National Park

 

Greene County

Greene County Museum, Inc. of Paragould
Features 14 rooms of Greene County history.  Located at 130 S. 14th Street in Paragould, AR. 72450.  Phone 1-870-215-2407

 

Hempstead County

Confederate State Capital, Old Washington State Park, Arkansas

Confederate State Capitol

Old Washington Historic State Park

[Tour The Town]

[Confederate State Capitol]

With over 30 restored historical buildings, it is easy to get lost in the past in this lovely setting.  The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located here and provides resources for history and genealogy research.  Just a few of the historic buildings include the 1836 Hempstead Courthouse, Trimble House, Crouch House, a blacksmith shop, the Block-Catts House. You will even find carriage rides available.

 

Independence County Old Independence Regional Museum

Housed in an old 1936 building erected by the WPA, the history museum is focused on the history of old Independence County which once included today's counties of Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White and Woodruff.  Located at 380 S. Ninth Street in Batesville, AR.

 

Jackson County

Jacksonport State Park   [Photos]

 

Jefferson County

Arkansas Railroad Museum

Marks' Mills Battlefield & Cemetery

Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Historical Museum

Housed inside the restored Union Station train depot, the museum features historical artifacts for the Civil War, World War I, WW2, and the Victorian era related to the history of Pine Bluff / Jefferson County.  Located at 201 East 4th in Pine Bluff, AR.

 

Lawrence County

Clover Bend Farmstead  

 

Logan County Arkansas Historic Wine Museum

Preserving the history of wine-making in Arkansas, the museum offers a glimpse into the past with it's display of wine making equipment, records and photographs.  With over 150 Arkansas wineries, the state has a heritage of early wine-making.  Visit the Cowie Wine Cellars while you are there.

Located on Highway 22 in Carbon City, AR. 

 

Lonoke County Lonoke County Museum  [Pictures]

 

Marion County Mountain Village 1890  [E-Tour]

This historic re-creation of an early Ozark village pays tribute to the pioneers who settled here.  Containing 11 historic buildings which have been moved to the site from all over the Ozark mountains area, they are authentic as well as their contents.  Structures include cagins, a depot, a bank, blacksmith and coffin shop, a church and others.  Located near Bull Shoals Lake and Bull Shoals Caverns at 1011 C. S. Woods Blvd in Bull Shoals, Arkansas.

 

Monroe County

Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park

 

Montgomery County Heritage House Museum

 

Nevada County Nevada County Depot and Museum

 

Newton County Bradley House Museum

[Photos]

The historical Victorian home of Dr. William Bradley is headquarters for the Newton County Historical Society and the historical museum for Newton County.  Located at 403 West Clark Street in Jasper, Arkansas.

 

Ouachita County

Antebellum and Historic Homes

McCollum - Chidester House 

Built in 1847, the home was originally built for Peter McCollum.  In 1859 the house was sold to John Chidester.  The home saw the Civil War come and go and it was in the Chidester family for over 100 years.  Today, it houses the Ouachita County Historical Society and offers visitors a glimpse into the past days of Ouachita County, AR.  The home contains many original furnishings and antique household items.  Located at 926 Washington Street in Camden, AR.

 

Perry County Perry County Historical Museum

Focus is on the preservation of the history of Perry County, Arkansas.  Housed inside what was once known as "The American Legion Hut", visitors will find historical artifacts related to the Perry County's rich heritage along with unusual items made from antique airplanes.  Located at 408 Main Street on the square in Perryville, AR.

 

Pike County Crater of Diamonds State Park

The only trip you can take to the park and find a diamond!  There are 37 1/2 acres of ground to search for diamonds which have made this park famous.  Yellow, brown and white diamonds have been found in this crater of diamonds.  The first diamond found was in 1906 by John Huddleston (a local farmer).  After it was decided that mining was not feasible, the park became a tourist attraction and later a state park in 1972.  Located at 209 State Park Road in Murfreesboro, AR.

 

Prairie County

Prairie County Museum

Features the history of the lower White River region of Arkansas.

Located at 2009 Main Street in Des Arc, AR.

 

Pulaski County

Arkansas History Commission

Arkansas National Guard Museum

Learn the history of Camp Pike, Camp Robinson and the Arkansas National Guard.  Located at Lloyd England Hall on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the museum offers displays and artifacts from these WWI and WWII military camps.

Arkansas State Capitol   [Virtual Tour]

Built as a replica of the US Capitol building, construction of the Arkansas Capitol was completed in 1915.  There are many memorials and confederate markers on the grounds.  Located on Capitol Avenue in downtown Little Rock, AR.

Brownlee - Noland House

A historic Greek Revival styled house in the Arkansas Territorial Restoration.  Tours are offered.  Located at 214 E. Third Street in Little Rock, AR.

Clinton Presidential Center

Historic Arkansas Museum   [Photos and Exhibits]

The museum (previously known as the Arkansas Territorial Restoration Museum) is actually a complex of five restored 19th century houses located in downtown Little Rock.  The oldest building in Little Rock is the Hinderliter Grog Shop builg in the 1820s.  Other buildings are The Brownlee House, McVicar House, Plum Bayou Log House and the Old State House.  Featuring a living history program, this is a great way to get a fascinating glimpse into the early lifestyle of Little Rock, Arkansas.  Located at 200 E. Third Street in Little Rock, AR.

Little Rock Central High School National Historical Site

Well known in history as the place of protestation of integration which occurred in 1957.  The Visitors Center is located in an old Mobil service station on the corner of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street in Little Rock, AR.

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Operated by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the mission of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate Arkansas's African American
history, culture and community from 1870 to the present, and to inform and educate the public about black achievement - especially in business, politics, and the arts.  Located at 501 W. Ninth St. in downtown Little Rock, AR.  For more information see: History, Photos and Preservation.

Museum of Black Arkansas and Performing Arts Center

Known as EMOBA, the museum is dedicated to bringing recognition to Afro Americans who played a significant part in the history of Arkansas.  One goal is to develop a Black Hall of Fame for black Arkansans.  Located at 12th and Louisiana in Little Rock, AR.

Old State House Museum of Arkansas   [Photos]

Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Old State House is the oldest state capitol west of the Mississippi River which is still standing.  Major collections of Arkansas State Police artifacts, African-American quilts, Civil War battle flags and more are included in the exhibits.  Located at 300 West Markham in Little Rock, AR.

Quapaw Quarter 

[Historic District Map in PDF format]

Known as the most historic portion of Little Rock, preservation of these fine old homes has been the focus of the Quapaw Quarter Association.  Historic homes in this area include the Daniel-Peloubet House, Bartlett Cottage, Routh House, Murphy House, Elkins House, Rogers House, Augustus Garland House, William L. Terry House, Prather House, the Cornish House, Lewis House, Cox-Plunkett-Bateman House and others in the Quapaw area.

Trapnall Hall  [History]

The beautiful antebellum home was originally the home of Frederic and Martha Trapnall.  It is located at 423 E. Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas.  It is available for rental and serves as a reception hall for the Governor of Arkansas.

 

Randolph County Eddie Mae Herron Center

Devoted to the preservation and display of the history of African American people of Randolph County, AR.  Housed in a 1919 building which has served as a church and a "colored school", the museum contains many memories of the African Americans of Pocahontas, Arkansas.  Located at 1708 Archer Street in Pocahontas, AR.

Randolph County Heritage Museum  

[History of Pocahontas & Randolph County]

[Exhibits and Photos]

Found in the historic city square of Pocahontas, AR, the museum contains artifacts and items related to the history of Randolph County.  Operated by the Five Rivers Historical Preservation Inc.  Located at 106 East Everett Street in Pocahontas, AR.

 

Saline County

Gann Museum   [History and Photos]

Housed inside the historical office of Dr. Dewell Gann Sr., the museum features the history of Benton and Saline County, Arkansas.  Located at 218 South Market Street in Benton, AR.

 

Sebastian County

Ft. Smith Air Museum

Located in the new Fort Smith Regional Airport Terminal with over 50 display cases honoring individual aviation pioneers and military aviators from the western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma area.

Fort Smith National Historic Site   [History & Photos]

The Fort Smith National Historic Site holds what remains of two forts.  One can walk along the Trail of Tears, see military exhibits in the Visitor Center, see the remains of the historical forts and step back in time to the Civil War, The Mexican War, and see Judge Parker's restored courtroom and the jail cells.  Located at 301 Parker Avenue in Fort Smith, AR.

Fort Smith Museum of History

Fort Smith Trolley Museum

 

St. Francis County St. Francis County History Museum

 

Washington County

Arkansas Air Museum

Arkansas Country Doctor Museum

The mission of the museum is to honor, preserve and educate the public about the history and heroism of country doctors in Arkansas.  Focus is on the unique history and culture of the Ozark area and the history of medical practice.  Located at 109 N. Starr Avenue in Lincoln, NE.

Ozark Folkways Heritage Center   [History]

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park   [Photo Tour]

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The museum offers some colorful history of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks.  You will find 6 historical buildings in a park setting.  The include the Cooper Barn, Steele General Store, Dr. Carter's Office, Ritter-McDonald Cabin, Searcy House, and others. Located at 118 W. Johnson Avenue in Springdale, AR.

Tonitown History Museum   [History & Photos]

Washington County Historical Society - Historic sites:

1. Headquarters House Museum

2. Archibald Yell Law Office

3. The Ridge House

 

 

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