Arkansas State University Museum

Jonesboro, AR

Where are we going?

Arkansas State University Museum
Dean B. Ellis Library
322 University Loop
AR 72401


What is there to do?

Arkansas is a fascinating state, so it makes sense that the Arkansas State University has created a museum that is dedicated to JUST the natural history and the cultural heritage of Northeast Arkansas - and it's great for families!

The Arkansas State University Museum is dedicated to showcasing the rich history and culture of NE Arkansas. It's filled with exhibits that will fascinate the family, and teach kids all about the region.

With permanent exhibits, as well as temporary exhibits, the museum is great to re-visit your favorite exhibits whilst always ensuring there is something new to see and do!

Kids can step back in time to the Arkansas Frontier as the European exploration and settlement and exploration is occurring. There are a number of hands-on exhibits for the kids, where they can learn about math and engineering, as well as history!

Kids can role-play their own foray into the wilderness, where they have to buy supplies at the Trading Post, and ration, before "shooting" wild game and hear real fortunes written in journals of the early explorers of the region.

Those little ones can actually play inside a life-size replica of a 17th century canoe that was dug up within the state, and even push buttons to match animals to their calls. 

Ever seen a Mastodon? Now you can! Did you know that over 10,000 years ago, Arkansas was actually home to a number of very HUGE animals, including the mammoths, and giant beavers. These creatures died out in the last ice age, but their fossils didn't - and now you can get up close and experience how large they really were!

The family can learn about how early settlers lived off the land, walk through a gallery of Military artifacts, and even learn about the Native American culture.

Amazing learning for the whole family, no matter what age. Who knew there was so much history right under your feet!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free! Donations of $2 is welcome.

Children: Same as adult


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call if you have any questions about accessibility, or assistance you may need.


When can we go?

9am - 5pm Mon, Wed - Sat / 9am - 7pm Tues

Closed Sundays and University holidays


Any top tips?

Check out the Family Reading Castle, filled with characters and interactive play!

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