Historic Arkansas Museum
Step back into Arkansas’s frontier history at Historic Arkansas Museum to find out how pioneers lived and what they can teach us about
living today. Historic Arkansas Museum is the state’s foremost interpreter of frontier Arkansas and home of the largest collection
of Arkansas-made fine, mechanical and decorative arts.
To learn about Arkansas’s earliest days, tour the museum’s historic grounds and visit a pre-civil war neighborhood, including the oldest home still standing in Little Rock and the site where William Woodruff once printed the Arkansas Gazette. Interact with a living history character and see first-hand how early residents lived. Inside the Museum Center, explore Arkansas made art and artifacts—including the famous Bowie Knife— in seven exhibit galleries with permanent and rotating exhibits. See contemporary Arkansas art in the Trinity Gallery, and watch kids having fun in the interactive children's gallery.
We Walk in Two Worlds is a permanent, unique exhibit that focuses on the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw Indians in Arkansas from precolonial times through forced removal up to today. More than 150 objects, many from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, help portray this important part of Arkansas history.
Historic Arkansas Museum actively participates in modern life by hosting many family and community events and educational outreach programs throughout the year, including festivals, artist receptions, summer school programs. The museum celebrates Arkansas history and heritage year round with annual heritage events and living history reenactments. Since 1973, the museum has hosted a family favorite, the annual Territorial Fair where visitors experience frontier life first hand. The fair features Dutch oven cooking, blacksmithing, traditional music and dance, and other 19th century demonstrations. Summer time activities include Pioneer Day Camp and Frontier Fourth of July. The Boo-seum Bash and Christmas Frolic are popular holiday events.
The Museum Store is a popular destination for shoppers who are looking for Arkansas-made items. It has a great selection of jewelry, ceramics and textiles crafted by Arkansas artists.
Get acquainted with frontier life before coming to the museum. On the museum’s informative website learn about museum membership, check current exhibits, and even tour some exhibits online. Shop the online Museum Store and take virtual tours of the historic homes. The website also offers downloadable resource materials for educators.