While the State Capitol Building of Arkansas serves as a house of the state government, the honour previously belonged to the Old State House Museum building. This building was constructed in the early 19th century when Arkansas achieved its statehood. It was constructed in the Greek Revival style of architecture to subtly put an emphasis on the democratic status of the state. After the government houses shifted into the new building, the Old State House served as the location of the Arkansas School of Medical Sciences. This school achieved global recognition for the research done to discover anti-hookworm and malaria experiments. The State House served other purposes like a war memorial, home of the state police and several other organisations. In 1947, the building was made into a museum by a legislation act. Collections here are dedicate to the African-American history of the state, battle flags of the civil War, Clinton’s Presidential campaign, the governors of Arkansas, medicines, maps and even textiles.
Old State House Travel Tips
- Guided tours are available on the hour.
- Groups of 10 and more need prior reservation.
Old State House Hours
- Second Friday of every month : 9am to 8pm.
How to Reach Old State House
- Light Rail Station : Markham & Spring
- Bus stop : 2nd & Center
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20.22% of people who visit Little Rock include Old State House in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
57.69% of people start their Old State House visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Old State House
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old State House
Old State House Reviews & Ratings
The Old Statehouse was a very interesting place to visit. I spent about 2 hours there and was very impressed. In addition to exhibits on the history of Arkansas, there were exhibits on celebrities who were born in the state. I also enjoyed the exhibit of gowns worn by the first ladies of Arkansas. The upper floor has been restored to show how it looked when the early state legislature was located there.The setting of the Old Statehouse was beautiful. It sits on the bank of the Arkansas River. I highly recommend this stop to all visitors.
Night at the Museum was a really great adults only night! Truly a lot of fun, and a blast to be in the Museum at this time if the day! Give it a try!
I was just with a friend dropping off an Uber eats order. So it wasn't really a visit. But I did visit 3 years ago and it was really really cool.
I liked the place, took my grand daughter and believe it or not she enjoyed it too. I love history and it was very entertaining. Its definitely worth a visit. Give it a tey
A friendly welcome, quite a large historic building, impressive from exterior, lots of rooms, only a few that represented the past, majority of rooms had cardboard displays boards describing it's history and other relevant historical facts regarding Arkansas, worth a visit, could have been better