Featured Exhibits

Play It Loud

Play It Loud: Concerts at Barton Coliseum 

Spring 2021 to Fall 2022 

Ask anyone in Central Arkansas over 40 to tell you their Barton story and you'll no doubt get a flood of concert, rodeo, sports, and State Fair memories. Our exhibit "Play It Loud: Concerts at Barton Coliseum" is a nostalgic look back at concerts at this historic site from the 1950s to today.


More than 1,700 bands have performed on the Barton stage in its nearly 60-year history. Come relive your favorite memories with concert memorabilia, instruments, interviews, photographs, and more. Featured acts include James Taylor, Eagles, Heart, Parliament, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Brooks & Dunn, Chicago, Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Elvis, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Snoop Dogg, Grand Funk Railroad, Jackson Five, Johnny Cash, KISS, Metallica, Keith Urban, Little Richard, Lynyrd Skynard, Pearl Jam, Prince, Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Sly & Family Stone, Tim McGraw, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Usher, Willie Nelson, and ZZ Top.