Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock

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  • On a one day stay in downtown Little Rock literally stumbling upon this in a walk around the neighborhood was a pleasant surprise. We got there about 1 hour before closing so I will have to go back. V...  more »
  • This experience is a page from the past and a window into our future as Arkansans ... a must see for travelers and Arkansas residents.!  more »
  • Historic Arkansas Museum is worth the visit. Two activities, visit the free gallery and the houses of the origins of the nineteenth. The Gallery is very well done, different types of works are presented, photographs, paintings and furniture. An exhibition on Bowie knives is also presented. However, the best part of the exhibition is that concerning the three Native American tribes of Arkansas, the Caddo, Quapaw and Osage. Various objects are presented in detail, the history of these tribes before European presence until our days. Very informative and accessible even in English. The second part of the Museum, the tour of the houses is also very interesting. The tour is guided, the level of English available. Three buildings are visited by the group, a hotel/Tavern and two mansions. A beautiful dive in the heart of urban life on the frontier in the 1830s.
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  • I was very pleasantly surprised by this museum. It includes a free portion (its internal galleries) and a paid portion (its external preserved half-block of Little Rock historical buildings). The external portion is only $2.50, and I believe that is more than reasonable. Some of the buildings are only viewable from the outside, but several are open for you to go inside and explore. Those buildings are staffed with reenactors, which makes your viewing more fun. The internal galleries include a permanent exhibit on Native American tribes and temporary exhibits. On the day I went, there was an excellent cross stitch sampler exhibit, art from different Arkansan counties, and a truly lovely exhibit from the collection of an art professor and his wife. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this museum and will go back in the future.
  • I've been here many times as s child and now as a teacher. I just realized during my last field trip that the houses are original. Like a little hamlet in time smack dab in the middle of the city. Amazing! The tour guides are always kind to our students and knowledgeable about Arkansas history.
  • Great exhibits! And they don't hide the less palatable aspects of our history, but neither do they celebrate them. Good balance, hard to achieve in practice. Awesome job!
  • This urban museum of Arkansas' history (including the actual building in which the state legislature first met--a pub with sleeping rooms--is a gem for those interested in American history of the 1820s and 1830s. The galleries are home to seasonal exhibits on the Bowie knife (in some circles called the "Arkansas Toothpick," and other interests from the state's history will satisfy your culture-hunger and give you a unique glimpse into one of America's charming small states.
  • They have a suprisingly sized gallery that is quite varied. It's easy to spend a whole day here. From the buildings that are outside and the art inside it's a great place.
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