Old State House Museum

Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Old State House Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums • Government Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Built in 1836, this was the state's first capital building.
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Frank D
Slidell, LA337 contributions
Oct 2021
The Old State House Museum was very nice. I especially liked the legislative chamber - small, simple, really from a completely different time. The various rooms with period furniture in some and First Ladies' gowns was interesting, as well.
Written November 1, 2021
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bazbaz65
Jacksonville, FL73 contributions
Jul 2021
This is one of those places that always makes me feel like I should read up on some history before going! Still can’t believe it is free to enter! We enjoyed the various recreated rooms and reading about some of the Little Rock history. The gentleman at the entry was willing to answer questions and everyone we saw was friendly. Definitely worth a visit though, due to the reading, likely not for little children.
Written October 23, 2021
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StigJim
Alliance, OH435 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a very nice museum overall and the special exhibit, “Play It Loud” was interesting, even for someone like me who is not from the area. Some of the displays seemed a little thin, but it is still a must-see for anyone interested in historic preservation or Arkansas history.
Written September 25, 2021
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tinkerbsb
Mount Juliet, TN732 contributions
May 2021
This is a very interesting museum. I do give it one mark off because they never did tell us that they had a phone tour which would have helped a great deal in some areas and we didnt find out til the end of the tour when we saw a sign and realized we had probably overlooked them in the rest of the areas. Going back to my photos I realized they did have them. My favorite part of the museum was the room of dress's front former first ladies of the state and the music section of the museum which had several signed guitars. This museum is free but you do have to pay to park they do have street parking out front and I lucked out and got a spot that no one parked behind or in front of me. The meter will take 2 dollars for about 2 hours. We gave it two dollars but sadly we didnt need that long we could have taken longer in some spots.
Written May 21, 2021
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mariegleerup
Los Angeles, CA72 contributions
Mar 2021
Don't pass this one up -- what a terrific museum! We did not expect to spend more than an hour, but there was plenty to see (museum is free, also!). In May, curator Jo Ellen is opening two new areas: the Rock & Roll history of Little Rock, and The Governors of Arkansas. Both areas are fantastic, so if you're traveling to Little Rock, book yourself a couple hours to visit.
We were able to view 28 of the 43 "first lady" inaugural gowns, which are impeccably displayed, with purse, shoes, coat and hat included.
Written April 3, 2021
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lusciouslibrarian
Minneapolis, MN46 contributions
Jul 2020
Beautiful old building, inside and out. And who can argue with a free museum? The highlight for me was probably the inaugural ball dresses from the Arkansas first ladies. The flapper ones were super fun and they had a brochure that explained their heroic efforts to preserve the fabric. My second favorite area was the quilts from African-American women. They said usually quilts just say "Negro" and they went out of their way to have quilts with the actual woman's name listed by them. Otherwise, lots of displays with historical events from Arkansas history and from Arkansas governors. It won't take you long, stop in, it's right downtown and there's lots of really cheap parking right in front. If you're staying at the Marriott, this is your next-door neighbor.
Written December 29, 2020
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tiffanybrasch
45550298 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Great museum, lots of interesting history and the building is so fun to walk through. Free but donation requested.
Written May 3, 2020
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ccbain55
Garden City, NY5 contributions
Feb 2020
In town for only two days, the Old State House Museum was directly next to our hotel, so it seemed a likely place to while away an hour. What we found were easily 12-15 self contained exhibitions in this beautifully restored building, with rooms leading to rooms, leading to stairways, each leading to another subject exhibition. Yet another world class museum (the Purse Museum is another) in this town that is full of surprises.
Written February 24, 2020
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travelingCAgal
San Diego, CA620 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
I loved the architecture & beautiful tree in front of the building. This was the states’s first Capitol (oldest state Capitol west of the Mississippi). It was also a medical school at one time. I loved how the wooden floors creaked in this old building lending authenticity to its age. I enjoyed the dress collection and African quilts exhibit. The dual spiral stair cases, were beautiful, although not original to the building. The young lady working the counter was very informative and polite. We arrived 45 minutes before closing on a rainy day & she still let us in!
Written November 16, 2019
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Teresa G
Redmond, United States8 contributions
Oct 2019
We were greeted with the typical southern hospitality and they went beyond...we were investigating our relative who had served in the House of Representative in 1846...they called the Library in Perry County, to see if they had any information, he was from and represented Perry County...they then sent us to the State Achieve to search for further information on him. We saw a great deal of the government buildings and met the most wonderful people!
Written November 6, 2019
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Old State House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM