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7 of 11 Types of Arkansas Recreational Facilities--Museums
Ivan Gillis
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Arkansas Museums

 

Name

Location

County

Region

Area of study

Summary

Altus Heritage House Museum

Altus

Franklin

Arkansas River Valley

Local history

Original German-American State Bank, circa 19th century, with early coal mining equipment, local history[1]

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Fayetteville

Washington

The Ozarks

Aviation

website, History of aviation in Arkansas and American military conflicts, historic aircraft

Arkansas Arts Center

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Art

 

Arkansas Country Doctor Museum

Lincoln

Washington

The Ozarks

Medical

website, life of a small town doctor and the history of medicine as it was practiced in the early 20th century

Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

Hall of fame - Entertainers

Located in the Pine Bluff Convention Center, artifacts and memorabilia of entertainers from Arkansas[2]

Arkansas Governor's Mansion

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Historic house

 

Arkansas Historic Wine Museum

Paris

Logan

Arkansas River Valley Region

Industry - Wine making

website, operated by Cowie Wine Cellars, history of wine making in the state

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

North Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Maritime

Features the submarine USS Razorback (SS-394)

Arkansas Museum of Discovery

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Science

 

Arkansas Museum of Natural History

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

Multiple

website, displays archeological and geological artifacts from Arkansas and from around the world including minerals and fossils

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Smackover

Union

Arkansas Timberlands

Industry - Petroleum

Petroleum industry in Arkansas

Arkansas National Guard Museum

North Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Military

History the Arkansas National GuardCamp Pike and Camp Robinson

Arkansas Post National Memorial

Gillett

Arkansas

Arkansas Delta

History

Commemorates key events at the site: first semi-permanent European settlement in the Lower Mississippi Valley (1686); an American Revolutionary War skirmish (1783); the first territorial capital of Arkansas (1819–1821); and the American Civil War Battle of Fort Hindman (1863)

Arkansas Railroad Museum

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

Railroad

Housed in former railroad shops, features steam locomotives

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum

North Little Rock

Pulaski

Arkansas Timberlands

Sports

Features men, women and teams from a variety of sports, includes inductees from each of the 78 counties in Arkansas

Arkansas River Visitor Center

Russellville

Pope

Arkansas River Valley Region

Natural history

website, natural and cultural history of the Arkansas River and the construction of Lake Dardanelle, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Arkansas State University Museum

Jonesboro

Craighead

Arkansas Delta

Multiple

website, state history, natural history and cultural heritage

Arkansas Tech Museum

Russellville

Pope

Arkansas River Valley Region

History

website, history and memorabilia of Arkansas Tech University

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

Multiple

Emphasis on Arkansas and African-American artists, hands-on science exhibits

Ashley County Museum

Hamburg

Ashley

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Located in the Watson House

Aviation Cadet Museum

Eureka Springs

Carroll

The Ozarks

Aviation

website

Baum Gallery

Conway

Faulkner

Little Rock Central Area

Art

website, art gallery in McCastlain Hall of University of Central Arkansas

Bauxite Historical Association & Museum

Bauxite

Saline

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

[3]

Baxter County Heritage Center

Gassville

Baxter

The Ozarks

Local history

website, operated by the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society

Bella Vista Museum

Bella Vista

Benton

The Ozarks

Local history

website

Belle Museum and Chapel

Charleston

Franklin

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

[4]

Blythe's Scott County Museum

Waldron

Scott

Ouachita Mountains

Local history

website, includes Native American artifacts, firearms, weapons, coins

Boone County Heritage Museum

Harrison

Boone

The Ozarks

Local history

website, operated by the Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, antique collections, pioneer life, railroad and Civil War artifacts, local history collections

Bradbury Art Museum

Jonesboro

Craighead

Arkansas Delta

Art

website, part of Arkansas State University, changing exhibitions of contemporary art in all media

Bradley County Historical Museum

Warren

Bradley

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

Located in the historic Dr. John Wilson Martin House

Bradley County Veterans Museum

Warren

Bradley

Arkansas Timberlands

Military

website

Bradley House Museum

Jasper

Newton

The Ozarks

Local history

website, operated by the Newton County Historical Society

Bud Walton Arena Razorback Sports Museum

Fayetteville

Washington

The Ozarks

Sports

History of Razorback basketball, track and field, baseball, tennis and golf

Carroll County Heritage Museum

Berryville

Carroll

The Ozarks

Local history

Operated by the Carroll County Historical Society in the historic county courthouse

Central Delta Depot Museum

Brinkley

Monroe

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Operated by the Central Delta Historical Society, showcases the importance of the Louisiana Purchase, the impact of the railroad era and the local history of the delta region

Central High School National Historic Site

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

History

History of the Little Rock Nine and forced desegregation in Arkansas

Chaffee Barbershop Museum

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

History

Restored 1958 period barbershop where Elvis Presley received his famous first G.I. haircut[5]

Clayton House

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Historic house

Victorian Renaissance baroque mansion, operated by the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation

Cleburne County Historical Society Museum

Heber Springs

Cleburne

The Ozarks

Local history

Located in the historic Clarence Frauenthal House

Clinton House Museum

Fayetteville

Washington

The Ozarks

Historic house - Biographical

Early home of Bill and Hillary Clinton

Clinton Presidential Center

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Biographical

Library and museum of President Bill Clinton

Clover Bend Museum

Black Rock

Lawrence

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website, farmstead exhibits and local history

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Murfreesboro

Pike

Arkansas Timberlands

Geology - Gems

Visitors can sift soil for diamonds, agate, garnet, amethyst, and other gems

Cross County Museum

Wynne

Cross

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website, operated by the Cross County Historical Society

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bentonville

Benton

The Ozarks

Art

Features American art from the Colonial era to contemporary work

Dallas County Museum

Fordyce

Dallas

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

[6][7]

website Exhibits of Dallas County history along with an archives room and a searchable collection of nearly 25,000 negatives from the Alexander Studios. The new Sports Museum is located across the street and from April 22-June 3, 2017 will house the traveling Smithsonian exhibit Hometown Teams:How Sports Shape America.

Daisy Airgun Museum

Rogers

Benton

The Ozarks

Commodity - Airguns

website, vintage products and artifacts of the Daisy company

Darby House

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Biographical

Home of World War II General William Orlando Darby[8]

Delta Cultural Center

Helena

Phillips

Arkansas Delta

History

Local history, culture, music, railroads

Delta Rivers Nature Center

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

Nature center

website, natural history of the Arkansas River Delta, located in Pine Bluff Regional Park, 130 acres with trails

Delta Gateway Museum

Blytheville

Mississippi

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website, regional history, industry, agriculture, transportation, geology, natural history, located in the historic Kress Building

Desha County Museum

Dumas

Desha

Arkansas Delta

Open-air

website, includes the museum with period business displays, an 1828 church, a stocked country store, a building with period farm machinery and equipment, and an 1850 log house

Drennen-Scott House

Van Buren

Crawford

Arkansas River Valley Region

Historic house

 

Drew County Historical Museum

Monticello

Drew

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Operated by the Drew County Historical Society[9][10]

Eddie Mae Herron Center

Pocahontas

Randolph

Arkansas Delta

African American

Museum, education, community, heritage and cultural center about African Americans in Randolph County

Ernie's Museum on Black Arkansans

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

African American

website, also called EMOBA - The Museum of Black Arkansans and Performing Arts Center, contributions of black Arkansans

ESSE Purse Museum & Store

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Fashion

website, evolution of the 20th-century American woman – decade by decade – through her handbags and the items she carried with her

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Eureka Springs

Carroll

The Ozarks

Local history

website

Fargo Agricultural School Museum

Fargo

Monroe

Arkansas Delta

History

 

Faulkner County Museum

Conway

Faulkner

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

Housed in the former county jail

Fort Smith Air Museum

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Aviation

website, located at Fort Smith Regional Airport, honors pioneer and military aviators from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma

Fort Smith Museum of History

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

 

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Military

Fort Smith's military history from 1817–1871

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Art

website, nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibits

Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Railroad - Trolley

Heritage streetcars, steam locomotives, railroad equipment, transportation and other technology

Frog Fantasies Museum

Eureka Springs

Carroll

The Ozarks

Commodity

website, collection of frog items and gift shop

Gann Museum

Benton

Saline

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

 

Galaxy Collection

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

Media

website, vintage items related to the Star Wars franchise

Gangster Museum of America

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

History

website, area history related to organized crime in the 1920s to 1940s

Grant County Museum

Sheridan

Grant

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

website, special exhibits include the Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company Museum, a Civil War Red River Expedition room, automobiles and military vehicles

Gravette Historical Museum

Gravette

Benton

The Ozarks

Local history

Located in the Kindley House[11]

Guitar Museum

Jacksonville

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Music

website, vintage guitars & amps, w/large display of Cowboy Guitars circa 1930s - 1950s

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

Wilson

Mississippi

Arkansas Delta

Archaeology

Collection of early American aboriginal artifacts from the Nodena Site

Headquarters House Museum

Fayetteville

Washington

The Ozarks

Historic house - History

1853 period home, exhibits related to Civil War battle, operated by the Washington County Historical Society

Helena Museum of Phillips County

Helena

Phillips

Arkansas Delta

Local history

 

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

Piggott

Clay

Arkansas Delta

History

Barn-studio associated with author Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer; focus on area life and literature in the 1920s and 1930s

Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County

Mount Ida

Mongomery

Ouachita Mountains

Local history

website

Historic Arkansas Museum

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

History

State history

Historic Washington State Park

Washington

Hempstead

Arkansas Timberlands

Open-air

Also known as Old Washington Historic State Park, over 30 historic buildings

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

Historic site

Includes early 20th century period Fordyce Bathhouse museum

Howard County Museum

Nashville

Howard

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

Operated by the Howard County Historical Society

Hunter-Coulter Museum

Ashdown

Little River

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

 

Huntington Jail and Miner Museum

Huntington

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

 

Jacksonport State Park

Newport

Jackson

Arkansas Timberlands

Multiple

Includes African American History Exhibit, Courthouse Museum, Mary Woods No. 2 Riverboat, freshwater pearling exhibit

Jacksonville Museum of Military History

Jacksonville

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

History

website, includes Arkansas military history from the civil war through Iraq, with a special emphasis on Little Rock AFB, plus the Arkansas Ordnance Plant.

Jacob Wolf House

Norfork

Baxter

The Ozarks

Historic house

Oldest public structure in Arkansas, two story log house

Japanese American Internment Museum

McGehee

Desha

Arkansas Delta

Ethnic

History of Japanese American internment at Rohwer War Relocation Centerand Jerome War Relocation Center during World War II

Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

Wax museum

website

Klipsch Museum of Audio History

Hope

Hempstead

Arkansas Timberlands

Technology

websiteKlipsch Audio Technologies products, test equipment, audio source components, early manufacturing equipment, items from other companies

Lakeport Plantation

Lake Village

Chicot

Arkansas Delta

Historic house

The only remaining Arkansas Antebellum Plantation Home on the Mississippi River; owned and operated by Arkansas State University.

Dyess Colony

Dyess

Mississippi

Arkansas Delta

History

website, history of the New Deal federal agricultural resettlement community, includes boyhood home of singer Johnny Cash

Lepanto Museum

Lepanto

Poinsett

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website

Little Rock Central High School

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

History

1955 Little Rock integration crisis and the Civil Rights movement

Logan County Museum

Paris

Logan

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

Housed in a restored jail[12][13][14]

Lonoke County Museum

Lonoke

Lonoke

Little Rock Central Area

Civil War

website, dioramas and weapons from the Civil War

Lowell Historical Museum

Lowell

Benton

The Ozarks

Local history

website

Lower White River Museum State Park

Des Arc

Prairie

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website, river's influence on area history, industry and agriculture

Lum & Abner Museum & Jot 'Em Down Store

Pine Ridge

Montgomery

Arkansas Timberlands

Media

Memorabilia from Lum & Abner radio show from 1903s and 1940s

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Military

Military history of Arkansas from its territorial period to the present

Mammoth Spring State Park

Mammoth Spring

Fulton

The Ozarks

Railroad

Features early 20th-century period train station, caboose and local history displays

Marked Tree Delta Area Museum

Marked Tree

Poinsett

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Local history, general store and 4 room replication of the old Verser Hospital in Harrisburg, changing exhibits[15]

Mark Martin Museum

Batesville

Independence

The Ozarks

Automobile racing - Biography

website, focuses on Mark Martin's car racing career; attached to his Ford dealership

Maynard Pioneer Museum

Maynard

Randolph

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Historic log cabin and pioneer artifacts

McCollum-Chidester House

Camden

Ouachita

Arkansas Timberlands

Historic house

Operated by the Ouachita County Historical Society, mid 19th-century period house

Mena Depot Center

Mena

Polk

Ouachita Mountains

History

Also known as Kansas City/Southern Historical Railroad Museum

Mid-America Science Museum

Hot Springs

Garland

Ouachita Mountains

Science

Hands-on science exhibits

Miss Laura's Social Club

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

History

Restored former bordello and visitor center[16]

Morrilton Depot Museum

Morrilton

Conway

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

[17]

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

Ethnic - African American

African American history, culture and community in Arkansas from 1870 to the present

Museum of American History at Cabot High School

Cabot

Lonoke

Little Rock Central Area

Local history

[18]

Museum of Native American History

Bentonville

Benton

The Ozarks

Native American

Includes tools, weapons, clothing, pottery

Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie

Stuttgart

Arkansas

Arkansas Delta

Open-air

website, pioneer and farm life, agriculture, tractors, store displays, collections of antiques, duck calls and decoys, school house, fire house

Museum of Automobiles

Morrilton

Conway

Little Rock Central Area

Transportation - Automobiles

Antique and classic cars

Nevada County Depot and Museum

Prescott

Nevada

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

Exhibits include area settlers, railroads, military items

New Rocky Comfort Museum

Foreman

Little River

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

Housed in a former jail

Old Jail Museum

Greenwood

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

Operated by the South Sebastian County Historical Society

Old Independence Regional Museum

Batesville

Independence

The Ozarks

Local history

 

Old State House Museum

Little Rock

Pulaski

Little Rock Central Area

History

State history and culture

Ozark Depot Museum

Ozark

Franklin[19]

Arkansas River Valley Region

Local history

Local history and railroad memorabilia

Ozark Folk Center

Mountain View

Stone

The Ozarks

Living history

Ozark cultural heritage and tradition, music, crafts

Ozark Heritage Arts Center

Leslie

Searcy

The Ozarks

Multiple

Art gallery, oral histories, music and theatre

Parkin Archeological State Park

Parkin

Cross

Arkansas Delta

Archaeology

 

Paris-Logan County Coal Miners Memorial

Paris

Logan

Arkansas River Valley Region

Mining

[20][21]

Pea Ridge Historical Museum

Pea Ridge

Benton

The Ozarks

Local history

website, operated by the Pea Ridge Historical Society

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Garfield

Benton

The Ozarks

Military

Preserved Civil War battlefield, museum

The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens

Bentonville

Benton

The Ozarks

Historic house

1870s period mansion

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

Local history

Located in the former Pine Bluff Union Station[2]

Plantation Agriculture Museum

Scott

Lonoke

Little Rock Central Area

Agriculture

website, cotton agriculture and plantation farming life, operated by the state

Potts Inn Museum

Pottsville

Pope

The Ozarks

Historic house

1850s home and stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland mail route

Powhatan Historic State Park

Powhatan

Lawrence

Arkansas Delta

History

Features the 1888 Powhatan courthouse which served as the home of county government from 1888-1963, other historic structures

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Prairie Grove

Washington

The Ozarks

Military - Civil War

1862 battle site and museum about the Battle of Prairie Grove

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site

Hope

Hempstead

Arkansas Timberlands

Historic house - Biographical

Birthplace home of President Bill Clinton

Quigley's Castle

Eureka Springs

Carroll

The Ozarks

Historic house

Mid 20th-century house covered in small stones

Randolph County Heritage Museum

Pocahontas

Randolph

Arkansas Delta

Local history

website, historic artifacts, folk art, archaeological artifacts recovered from the site of the town of Davidsonville, Arksansas

Ridge House

Fayetteville

Washington

The Ozarks

Historic house

Tours by the Washington County Historical Society

Rogers Historical Museum

Rogers

Benton

The Ozarks

History

website

Saunders Memorial Museum

Berryville

Carroll

The Ozarks

Commodity

website, firearms, knives, Victorian clothing, accessories, textiles and furniture

Scott Family Amazeum

Bentonville

Benton

The Ozarks

Children's, science

website, hands-on interactive museum for children of all ages and their families

Sevier County Historical Society Museum

De Queen

Sevier

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

[22]

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Springdale

Washington

The Ozarks

History

Ozark and Northwest Arkansas history

Siloam Springs Museum

Siloam Springs

Benton

The Ozarks

History

website

South Arkansas Arts Center

El Dorado

Union

Arkansas Timberlands

Art

website

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum

Tyronza

Poinsett

Arkansas Delta

Agriculture

website

Stephens Art Gallery

Clarksville

Johnson

Arkansas River Valley Region

Art

website, part of the Walton Fine Arts Center at the University of the Ozarks

St. Francis County Museum

Forrest City

St. Francis

Arkansas Delta

Local history

[23]

Stone County Historical Society Museum

Mountain View

Stone

The Ozarks

Local history

website

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Scott

Lonoke

Little Rock Central Area

Archaeology - Native American

18-mound complex with the tallest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas, museum of artifacts

Tontitown Historical Museum

Tontitown

Washington

The Ozarks

History

website

Turner Neal Museum of Natural History

Monticello

Drew

Arkansas Delta

Natural history

website, part of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, also Pomeroy Planetarium

Two Rivers Museum

Ashdown

Little River

Arkansas Timberlands

Local history

[24]

University Museum and Cultural Center

Pine Bluff

Jefferson

Arkansas Delta

History

History of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the Arkansas Delta region[25][2]

U.S. Marshals Service National Museum

Fort Smith

Sebastian

Arkansas River Valley Region

Military

website, planned museum about the U.S. Marshals Service

Van Buren County Historical Society Museum

Clinton

Van Buren

The Ozarks

Local history

website

Walmart Museum

Bentonville

Benton

The Ozarks

Historic store

website, original store opened by Sam Walton, company history

White River National Wildlife Refuge

DeWitt

Arkansas

Arkansas Delta

Natural history

 

 

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