The Old State House Museum is Arkansas’ original state capitol building and it is the oldest standing capitol in west of Mississippi River. When this building’s construction started in 1833, the building has witnessed a lot of significant events in the history of Arkansas. Today, the events and exhibits of the museum are open for the public to enjoy.
What to Know
Constructed in the year 1836, this has been the original capital of the state until 1911. Also, the Old State House has served as the seats for the Unionists and Confederate governments in Arkansas at the time of Civil War. Moreover, this has also been the site of 1861 secession convention. Today, this is considered as the museum for the history of Arkansas which features changing and permanent exhibits as well as reinstated legislative chambers. Some of the exhibits here includes African-American Quilts, Arkansas Art Pottery, Civil War Battle Flags, and First Ladies’ Gowns.
Since the Old State House is getting closer to 200-years-old, this historic facility has been used a lot already. These include the Arkansas War Memorial, Arkansas’ first capitol building, medical school, home of Arkansas State Police, and now as the museum. Today, the building still continues to play a significant role in sharing, celebrating, and preserving Arkansas’ history.
Museum’s Permanent Exhibits
- 1836 House of Representative Chamber
- First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of Their Times
- First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture
- On the Stump: Arkansas Political History
- Pillars of Power
Hours and Admission
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
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