Old State House Museum Front

Old State House Museum

The Old State House Museum is the original state capitol building of Arkansas and the oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Since 1833, when construction began, the building and its grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history. Today, the museum’s exhibits and events are open to the public.

Our Mission

To interpret the history of Arkansas from statehood to the present, to preserve the Old State House, and to collect and preserve artifacts that aid in that interpretation and preservation.

Our Vision

The Old State House Museum is the original state capitol of Arkansas. Since 1833, when construction began, the building and its grounds have witnessed many of the most important events in Arkansas history.
 
cannon and cannonballs stacked outside in lawn in front of white state house building

Our History

The Old State House housed a number of other agencies and functions through the twentieth century. It served as the Arkansas War Memorial, became the first home of the Arkansas State Police, and held the offices of a number of statewide patriotic organizations. The Old State House continues to play a vital role in preserving, sharing, and celebrating the history ofArkansas and its people.

 

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At the Old State House Museum, you can bring a smile to a child, understanding to an adult and recollection to a senior citizen. As a volunteer, you can make a difference here.

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