Museums & History

Little Rock is one big Arkansas history museum – home to the Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock Central High School, historic state capitol buildings and so much more.

Travel back through Little Rock’s history and you’ll find rich stories and experiences that shaped the state and the nation. Little Rock was pivotal in the struggle for Civil Rights as nine African-American students changed history at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Today, the city is home to a number of destinations along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is just one, painting a vivid picture of the neighborhood where the African-American business community flourished.

Little Rock is the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur and also where the nation’s 42nd president called home home. Be sure to discover more at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Clinton Presidential Center. Little Rock’s Old Statehouse Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum are one-of-kind treasures, and the Esse Purse Museum is unique and surprising.

Then there’s science and nature. Little Rock has so much more to discover along the Arkansas River at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center and Museum of Discovery. Most of the museums in Little Rock offer free admission, so wear comfortable shoes and plan a big day out discovering Little Rock.

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