For 100 years, the Fort Smith Museum of History has been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history, and today you can visit to be part of the story!
Established back in 1910, the Fort Smith Museum of History features exhibits that illustrate the contributions the local citizens made to the cultural, political, and economic development in the area.
They really will take you back in time through the history book!
Kids can enjoy a treat in the old fashioned soda fountains, and even step foot into a pharmacy dating back to the 1920s to 1940s.
Also at the museum is a replica of a 19th century woodworking shop, featuring perhaps the largest collection of antique woodworking tools in the entire country (pretty impressive!), with some of the tools dating back to colonials times!
There are even some real life vintage automobiles too, which are always fun to look at in person. Kids will really feel like they are living in another time!
With such a rich history in Fort Smith, it's no wonder a museum was created featuring exhibits on JUST that!
Save some of that ice-cream for us!
$2 (Ages 6 to 15)
$5 for veterans and military, free for members
They host super fun events, including the Annual Ice Cream Social, held in the soda parlor, which is always fun!
Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream soda, float, sundae or ice cream cone in the popular working exhibit. They serve Yarnell's Ice Cream, made in Arkansas since 1932!
Free parking is available in front of the Museum and in the parking lot to the west of the building. Metered parking is available along Rogers Avenue and South 4th Street. There are two spots designated for disabled parking to the east of the building on South 4th Street.
The Museum loves to share Fort Smith history with our youngest citizens, so schedule a school group visit today! Fort Smith public schools visit for free, and other public schools are $1 per student (a ride in the trolley is also an option too!)
Visit the museum gift shop for locally produced pottery, baskets and art, as well as prints of historic Fort Smith, and an excellent selection of books on area history.
The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. An accessible entrance is located on the east side of the building on South 4th Street. An elevator and a ramp provide access to all exhibition areas. Restrooms are ADA compliant. A wheelchair is available free of charge at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
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10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Open 1pm - 5pm Sunday from June to August
Open year round, but closed Sundays (Sept to May), and Mondays, plus Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, and New years Day
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