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Historic Arkansas Museum celebrates Arkansas's cultural and material heritage with six galleries of Arkansas art and artifacts, an interactive children's gallery, Orientation Theater, museum store with Arkansas products and more. Four original Little Rock dwellings on the museum's grounds provide the setting as expert tour guides describe life on the Arkansas frontier and costumed Living History actors portray early Arkansans.
“Giving Voice” is a permanent memorial to the 138 men, women and children enslaved by Nineteenth Century landowners where the museum now stands. An African American character representing the mid-1800s is regularly included in the living history presentations. Changing exhibits in the museum’s seven galleries often include ones related to African American history and local artists with African American heritage. On-line exhibits and educational materials relate to this history. “We Walk in Two Worlds,” a permanent exhibit, tells the story of the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw tribes who first lived in Arkansas. The Native American voice shapes the exhibit, which includes pottery, clothing, and weapons.