Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith

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The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Fort Smith and the surrounding region.

Visitors may view a time line of Fort Smith history including artifacts belonging to John Rogers, Benjamin Bonneville, Judge Isaac C Parker and William O. Darby, founder of the Darby's Rangers in World War II. A 1920's soda fountain offers old fashioned ice cream sodas, floats and sundaes. Learn about jazz musician Alphonso Trent and African American history in Fort Smith. View a saddle that belonged to outlaw Belle Starr and the courtroom of Judge Isaac C. Parker. A new exhibition, "On the Air" chronicles the history of radio and television broadcast in the region.
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  • There were numbers up like you could take an audio tour but we weren't given the option. There is a theatre where you could press numbers to watch videos on several topics/ people and either I couldn'...  more »
  • This Museum has something for everyone. An old fashion soda and ice cream place, history on everything Fort Smith. A MUST-SEE if you are a museum person.  more »
  • This museum is a walk through the days of the 1800's. There is something for every history buff here, male and female. Lots of information on the exhibits. We spent two hours!  more »
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  • Really neat place. The old fashioned soda bar was fantastic!
  • It's ok .. had to give a 5 star home town lol
  • The most wonderfull Museum to visit AND spend hours seeing their great exhibits. Learned the in-depth history from the beginning of Fort Smith Arkansas. As a genealogist and historian, the Museum SO made me wish I could go back in time to Fort Smith and be a fly on the wall. Looking at the exhibits AND learning more of the HISTORY I realized how much it played a part who I am via MY Immigrant Ancestors. I admire and appreciate and thank those who participated in putting the Museum together. When talking with Chuck AND Leisa Gramlich AND the staff it is obvious they are knowledgeable and SO enjoy what they do. Recently I have spent time assisting a friend Joyce Faulkner AND husband researching for her book about the HISTORY of Garrison Avenue at the turn of the century for her book of historical fiction. Everyone was SO gracious helping us.THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
  • Loved it! This is a hidden treasure in downtown Fort Smith, AR. It's within walking distance from Fort Smith National Park
  • The soda shop is a neat little addition. There's a lot of great old hand tools located on the top floor as well as some old motorcycles. Worth a visit.
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