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Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

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Address: 3853 Smackover Highway, Smackover, AR 71762
Phone Number: 870 725-2877
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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History of the oil industry in Arkansas

Had a lot of fun in this museum. Kids would love the inside and the grounds. Outside has oil drills and drilling towers. Worth the visit for all ages.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Had a lot of fun in this museum. Kids would love the inside and the grounds. Outside has oil drills and drilling towers. Worth the visit for all ages.

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Smackover, Arkansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We are locals and have been multiple times- there is ALWAYS something interesting going on here! Friendly and helpful staff are always available. The Goat Woman's Wagon, Seasonal light show at Christmas, Chatauqua (living history characters), Great photo ops everywhere! Tinkerfest for local crafters- and the county oil history is also told here too!

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El Dorado, Arkansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is a great place for kids and grown ups. It is a good source of entertainment & education. We like to go there at least yearly. School groups frequent the museum and it is interesting for our out of town visitors as well.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Visited the museum last year and saw only the inside. Returned a second time to see the outside exhibits and possible new exhibits inside. Well worth the visit. Had new exhibits inside with videos, etc on the history of the area. When revisiting some of the regular exhibits saw things we missed last year. The museum has both scientific info... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

All in all it's an interesting museum, focusing on the oil boom in South Arkansas. You've got your history displays, science displays on oil and bromine, environmental conservation and your social science displays on how people reacted to the oil boom, what life was like, crime and shortages, that sort of thing, all very good. Interactive exhibits which are ideal... More 

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tomhogfan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This place has grown a lot over the past 20 years with outdoor exhibits of oil drilling and pumping units and educational indoor displays. There are hands on activities to keep folks engaged for an hour or two. Don't miss the annusl Christmas light display. It gets bigger and better every year! Chataqua is another fun experience with actors portraying... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Visited the museum with a family reunion group. The museum gives an excellent history of the Arkansas oil boom of the 1920's with photos, videos and a recreated boom town to include a newspaper office, hotel, jail, etc. There is narration in several of the 'buildings' which present conversations and history. The exhibits take you back to that time period... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Museum had some interesting exhibits. It was nice to step back in time. The kids really enjoyed it and it's FREE!!

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were not expecting to go to this attraction, but our relatives took us here. It was me, and my two kids ages 13 and 10. It starts out with displays of the different resources and the tools used to 'harvest' these resources. You take an elevator and on either side as you go up it shows and talks about... More 

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Texarkana, Texas, United States
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118 reviews 118 reviews
46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

My family lived in the oil fields of this area and a visit to this museum brought back memories of both my grandfathers. They had told me stories of giant, open air oil storage pits in the '30s and I found photos at the museum of those pits. Grandpas don't fib! The museum is well laid out and very descriptive... More 

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