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Nine Museums to Explore in Arkansas

From the Ozarks in the north, to the southern reaches of the state, find any and all of these exemplary museums in Arkansas. Enlighten yourself to the early days of Arkansas history, checkout some agricultural history, or experience the best of American art. Visit and stay in cities like Bentonville, Little Rock, or West Memphis – make sure you plan for tours of these eclectic museums.

1. Crystal Bridges museum of american art

Head to the northwest corner of Arkansas and discover this wonderful example of Arkansa's culture. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a short drive from nearby cities Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, and Bentonville.

Crystal Bridges is found on grounds totaling 120 acres in size, offering nearly four miles of walking trails. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 

2. Delta Gateway museum

As you travel across Arkansas, make your way into Searcy for an unbeatable stay and top area attractions. Make the drive northeast into Blytheville and visit the always entertaining Delta Gateway Museum. You'll want to explore the Commercial Historic District in Blytheville and head for the Kress Building where the Delta Gateway Museum is found. 

The Delta Gateway Museum is an ideal place to take the family for an enlightening afternoon, admission is always free, and it's open Wednesday through Saturday. 

3. Faulkner county museum

Not far north from Little Rock, check out the Faulkner County Museum in Conway. Any visit to the Little Rock area should yield visits to one of the most attractive and popular museums in the area. At the Faulkner County Museum, guided tours are available, with general admission open Monday through Thursday. 

4. Arkansas state university museum

With 70,000 artifacts and items on display, the Arkansas State University Museum is a top destination in the Delta region of the state. Drive in from Forrest City and explore any and all of the permanent and temporary exhibits – don't miss the Native American Gallery or the Mary Stack Gallery

You'll find the Arkansas State University Museum on the Jonesboro campus. You'll have access to the ASU Museum any day of the week, minus Mondays and any university holidays. 

5. Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and educational center

Operated by Arkansas State University, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is a top destination in Piggot. Travel along Crowley's Ridge Parkway and find the museum, also referred to as the Pfeiffer House and Carriage House, or just the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer House was built in 1927, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It's an ideal destination in northern Arkansas. Only about two hours from West Memphis, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House features a Colonial Revival architecture style.

6. Old state house museum

Found in Little Rock, the Old State House Museum opened in 1842 as the state capitol of Arkansas. Travel into Little Rock from North Little Rock and make plans to explore the Old State House Museum – find a blend of historical and cultural artifacts. 

At the Old State House Museum, you can engage in a guided tour, or embark on a solo mission. Be sure to enquire about renting the Trapnall Hall if you're trying to host a large party or gathering; weddings are a popular event hosted at Trapnall Hall.

7. Hampson Archeological Museum

A National Historic Landmark, the Hampson Archeological Museum is found on the grounds of Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Wilson. Enjoy the scenic drive north from West Memphis and check out guided tours or permanent and temporary exhibits. 

The Nodena Site, which was a Native American village along the Mississippi River from 1400 to 1650. Be sure to explore the museum on your next trek through the Delta region of Arkansas – it's open most days, save for major holidays and Monday's. 

8. Plantation agriculture museum

Plan your exploration of the Little Rock area and head for another top museum – the Plantation Agriculture Museum. You'll find the Plantation Agriculture Museum almost directly in between downtown Little Rock and Lonoke

As you explore the vast grounds at the Plantation Agriculture Museum, be sure to check out the Seed Warehouse No.5, and the Dortch Gin Exhibit Building. Self guided tours and general admission are free, while the guided tours to require a small fee. 

9. Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Home of the Oil Field Park, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is a premier attraction in southern Arkansas. Drive in from nearby Hope and check out as much of the 25,000 square foot structure. 

As you tour the AMNR, don't miss the Center of the Earth Experience, the Two Hundred Million Year Voyage in Time, or South Arkansas Before the Boom – all top of the line exhibits at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. 


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus Castlerock Inn & Suites

501 SE Walton Boulevard, Bentonville AR 72712-6768
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Best Western Conway

816 E Oak Street, Conway AR 72032-4724
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Best Western Inn of the Ozarks

207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs AR 72632-3648
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Best Western Eureka Inn

101 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs AR 72632-3653
Phone: +1 479-253-9551  |  Fax: (479) 253-9692  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Hope

1800 Holiday Drive, Hope AR 71801-2510
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Best Western Little Rock South

8219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209-4842
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Best Western Plus Lonoke Hotel

102 Dee Dee Ln, Lonoke AR 72086-8155
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Best Western Sherwood Inn & Suites

7533 Warden Road, North Little Rock AR 72120-5042
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Best Western Plus JFK Inn & Suites

2500 Main Street, North Little Rock AR 72114-2316
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Best Western Plus Searcy Inn

501 Willow Street, Searcy AR 72143-9709
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