Museums and History
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Little Rock Museums

Little Rock offers a remarkable variety of museums and cultural attractions. . Explore an Arkansas art museum at the Arkansas Arts Center or the Arkansas Studies Institute.

The city itself is one big Arkansas history museum–home to the Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock Central High School – known nationally for the school’s civil rights battle in 1957 – as well as three state capitol buildings still in operation including the oldest state capitol west of the Mississippi River.

Whether you want to see a masterpiece at a Central Arkansas art museum or explore the area’s roots in a top-notch Arkansas history museum–you’ll find it in Little Rock.



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Downtown

Arkansas Arts Center

501 E. 9th St., Little Rock / 501-372-4000
Web Address: www.arkarts.com
The Arkansas Arts Center is one of the state's leading cultural institutions. Located in historic MacArthur Park, the Arts Center features elegant art galleries that showcase the Center's acclaimed collection.
Downtown

Arkansas Governor's Mansion

1800 Center St., Little Rock / 501-324-9805
Web Address: www.arkansasgovernorsmansion.com
A symbol of our State's rich history, beautiful natural resources, and the spirit of our dedication to serving others for over 50 years, the Arkansas Governor's Mansion has been the focal point of the First Family's public events, including state dinners, cultural events, and other celebrations.
North Little Rock

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

100 Riverfront Dr., North Little Rock / 501-371-8320
Web Address: www.aimm.museum
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is home to the USS Razorback, the longest-serving submarine in the world. More than just a military museum, it also offers a research library, a theater, and a large museum area.
Downtown

Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial

MacArthur Park, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock / 501-376-4602
The Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial is a must see in central Arkansas. The Memorial is located in MacArthur Park, next to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.
North Little Rock

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

3 Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock / 501-663-4328
Web Address: www.arksportshalloffame.com
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame is a museum of recollections and achievements from over four decades of induction ceremonies honoring the athletic greats of Arkansas.
Downtown

Arkansas State Capitol

500 Woodlane Avenue, Little Rock / 501-682-5080
Web Address: www.sos.arkansas.gov/stateCapitolInfo/Pages/default.aspx
Capitalize on Your Visit! No trip to Little Rock is complete without a stop at the Arkansas State Capitol.
River Market Dist.

Arkansas Studies Institute

401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock / 501-320-5790
Web Address: www.butlercenter.org/art
The state's largest free-standing facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas.
River Market Dist.

Clinton Presidential Center and Park

1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock / 501-374-4242
Web Address: www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center includes America’s newest Presidential Library housing the largest archival collection in American presidential history.
Southwest

Daisy Bates Home

1207 West 28th, Little Rock / 501-374-1957
Web Address: www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/ar2.htm
Daisy Gatson Bates was an advisor to the Little Rock Nine and Civil Rights Activist, and her home is registered as a National Historic Landmark.
Downtown

EMOBA: Ernie's Museum of Black Arkansans

1208 Louisiana, Little Rock / 501-372-0018
Web Address: www.emoba.org
Founded in 1993, EMOBA was the state's first black history museum dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of African-American Arkansans.
Downtown

Empress of Little Rock & The Hornibrook M...

2120 Louisiana Street, Little Rock / 501-374-7966
Web Address: www.theempress.com
The Empress/Hornibrook Mansion is described in the National register of Historic Places as the best example of ornate Victorian Architecture in Arkansas and the most important existing example of Gothic Queen Anne style regionally.
Downtown

Esse Purse Museum

1510 S. Main St., Little Rock / 501-916-9022
Web Address: www.Essepursemuseum.com
With a collection of more than 3,000 handbags, the Esse Purse Museum provides a breath-taking overview of the history of 20th-century women as told through their purse and contents.
River Market Dist.

Heifer International & Heifer Village

1 World Ave., Little Rock / 501-907-8800
Web Address: www.heifer.org
Heifer International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and caring for the earth by providing livestock, trees, training and other resources to help struggling families around the globe.
River Market Dist.

Historic Arkansas Museum

200 E. Third Street, Little Rock / 501-324-9351
Web Address: www.historicarkansas.org
Take time to tour the state's oldest neighborhood, where medicine came from the herb garden and the newspaper was printed on a hand-operated press.
River Market Dist.

La Petite Roche Plaza

Riverfront Park, Little Rock / 501-376-4781
Web Address: www.rivermarket.info
Little Rock's namesake and history is unveiled in this outdoor plaza located within downtown's Riverfront Park.
Downtown

Little Rock Central High School National Hist...

2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock / 501-396-3000
Web Address: www.nps.gov/chsc
In 1957 Little Rock Central High School became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights.
Airport

Little Rock National Cemetery

2523 Confederate Boulevard, Little Rock / 501-324-6401
Web Address: www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/littlerock.asp
Located in the southeast section of Little Rock, early in the Civil War, the land that is currently the national cemetery was located outside city limits and was used for Union encampments.
Downtown

Little Rock Visitor Information Center at His...

615 E. Capitol, Little Rock / 501-371-0076
Curran Hall is a beautifully restored historic home featuring gardens with plants and trees true to the 1840's antebellum time period.
Downtown

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

503 E. 9th St., Little Rock / 501-376-4602
Web Address: www.arkmilitaryheritage.com
Located in the historic Arsenal Building, this museum interprets our state's military heritage and honors the contributions of Arkansas servicemen and women who served in military conflicts from the state's territorial period to the present.
Downtown

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 West Ninth St., Little Rock / 501-683-3593
Web Address: www.mosaictemplarscenter.com
Established in 1883 as a fraternal organization, the Mosaic Templars of America provided insurance and other services to black businesses during the era of segregation.
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