Mu­se­ums bring fun, his­tory to NWA

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North­west Arkansas is rich with his­tory and di­verse cul­ture. Whether you want to see an au­then­tic Andy Warhol self-por­trait or learn more about Ozark his­tory, there is a mu­seum for your spe­cific view­ing plea­sures.

Bella Vista

Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum 1885 Bella Vista Way

(479) 855-2335

Hours: Start­ing in Au­gust, the mu­seum will be open from 1-5 p.m., Wed­nes­day through Sun­day.

Ad­mis­sion: Free.

set­tle­ments, the early farms, the lake built in 1915, the sum­mer re­sort started in 1917, its re­launch in 1952 that turned it into a fam­ily recre­ation cen­ter and the 1960s be­gin­nings of its present his­tory when John Cooper, Sr., pur­chased the sum­mer re­sort and be­gan buy­ing up the farms all the way to the Mis­souri state line, even­tu­ally con­vert­ing 40,000 acres into what he called Bella Vista Vil­lage. See how his de­vel­op­ment added seven lakes and seven golf cour­ses, and evolved from a Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion to be­come the in­cor­po­rated City of Bella Vista in 2007 with a present pop­u­la­tion of 27,000 res­i­dents.


Crys­tal Bridges

600 Mu­seum Way

(479) 418-5700

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wed­nes­day-Fri­day; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat­ur­day-Mon­day. - its have a ticket fee.

by the Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion as a non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion for all to en­joy. Phi­lan­thropist and arts pa­tron Alice Wal­ton chairs the Mu­seum’s board of di­rec­tors. The build­ing was de­signed by world-renowned ar­chi­tect Moshe Safdie and opened to the pub­lic on Nov. 11, 2011. Crys­tal Bridges’ per­ma­nent col­lec­tion spans five cen­turies of Amer­i­can master­works rang­ing from the Colo­nial era to the cur­rent day. The per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, which con­tin­ues to grow through a strate­gic ac­qui­si­tion plan, is on view year-round and is en­hanced by an ar­ray pro­vides year-round pro­gram­ming for all

ages, in­clud­ing lec­tures, per­for­mances, classes, and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion for K-12 teach­ers.

Mu­seum of Na­tive Amer­i­can His­tory 202 SW ‘O’ St.

(479) 273-2456

Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Sat­ur­day

Ad­mis­sion: Free. - ry in­vites you to “Walk Through Amer­ica’s Past,” where you will be given a glimpse into what life was like for Amer­ica’s first in­hab­i­tants. The mu­seum is di­vided into five dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods that will guide you through the con­stant chang­ing lives of the Na­tive Amer­i­cans, as seen through their ar­ti­facts. The dis­plays fea­ture relics that date from more than 14,000 years old to his­toric times. Visit the mu­seum and en­joy see­ing some of the finest trea­sures ever cre­ated by early crafts­men.

Scott Fam­ily Amazeum

1009 Mu­seum Way

(479) 696-9280

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day, Wed­nes­day-Sat­ur­day; and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sun­day.

Ad­mis­sion: Mem­bers and kids un­der 2 years — free. Adults and kids over 2 years — $9.50

on, in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum for chil­dren and fam­i­lies lo­cated in Ben­tonville. A mu­seum with a foun­da­tion in the arts and sci­ences, the Amazeum en­cour­ages cre­ativ­ity, cu­rios­ity and com­mu­nity through

and pro­grams, work­shops and camps. !MAZEUM EX­PE­RI­ENCES IN­CLUDE A CLIMBable tree canopy, in­door cave, tin­ker­ing hub, nearly one acre of out­door space, and ever-evolv­ing daily pop-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Peel Man­sion Mu­seum & Her­itage Gar­dens

400 S. Wal­ton Blvd.

(479) 254-3870

Hours: Tours are given every hour, on the hour, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tues­day-Sat­ur­day.

!DMISSION !DULTS ARE PLUS TAX #HILDREN AGES ARE PLUS TAX AND CHIL­dren un­der age 6, free. s 4HE 0EEL -ANSION -USEUM (ERITAGE Gar­dens serve as a liv­ing dis­play of that pe­riod for those tour­ing the man­sion and gar­dens as well as those who rent the 1875 man­sion to cre­ate per­sonal mem­o­ries of their own. The Peel Man­sion Mu­seum & Her­itage Gar­dens were built in 1875 by Colonel Sa­muel West Peel. Much care was taken in erect­ing this MAGNIlCENT HOUSE A WON­DER­FUL EX­AM­PLE OF THE )TALIANATE 6ILLA 3TYLE 4HE IN­TE­RIOR OF the house was fur­nished with au­then­tic an­tiq­ui­ties and ar­ti­facts of the era, gen­er­ously loaned by the His­toric Arkansas Mu­seum and the Old State House.

Wal­mart Mu­seum

105 N. Main St.

(479) 273-1329

Hours: Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon­day-Thurs­day; 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri­day-Sat­ur­day; and noon-9 p.m., Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion: Free. s 4HE 7ALMART -USEUM IS AS MUCH A PART OF 7ALMART S HIS­TORY AS THE EX­HIBITS AND ar­ti­facts that it houses. First opened in 1990, the mu­seum was known as the Wal­mart Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. But as times changed and the term “Vis­i­tor Cen­ter” came to re­fer more to re­gional, state, and lo­cal tourism of­fices, it be­came ap­par­ent that a name change was needed. And so, to­day, The Wal­mart Mu­seum car­ries on the mis­sion it al­ways has; to ed­u­cate, en­gage, and in­spire vis­i­tors about the her­itage of Wal­mart.

Lo­cated on the Down­town Square, the mu­seum is in three parts, a mu­seum, a work­ing 5&10, and the The Spark Cafe. Trace the ori­gin and growth of Wal­mart, THE WORLDS LEAD­ING BIG BOX GI­ANT %XPEri­ence the work­ing 5&10. En­joy in­ter­ac­tives for all ages. Visit The Spark Cafe where the en­tire fam­ily can en­joy a de­li­cious ice cream treat for un­der $5.


Car­roll County Her­itage Mu­seum 403 Pub­lic Square

(870) 423-6312

Hours: Mon­day through Fri­day. Ad­mis­sion: Free. s !RTIFACTS FROM "ERRYVILLE AND #ARROLL County are housed in the 1880 Court­house; which has three sto­ries of his­tory plus strik­ing twin tow­ers; ac­tual court­room used un­til 1975 with the judge’s BENCH WIT­NESS CHAIR AND JURY BOX !LSO moon­shine still, fu­neral par­lor, one-room school and ge­neal­ogy li­brary.

Saun­ders Memo­rial Mu­seum

115 E. Madi­son Ave.

(870) 423-2563 s %XTENSIVE COL­LEC­TION OF lREARMS NEARLY 400 items) in­clud­ing an­tique and un­usual pieces; knives, Vic­to­rian cloth­ing, ac­CES­SORIES TEX­TILES AND FUR­NI­TURE %XHIBITS in­clude guns used by the fa­mous and in­fa­mous such as Jesse and Frank James,

Belle Star, Cole Younger, Chero­kee Bill, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok and Buf­falo Bill Cody; Sit­ting Bull’s war bon­net and an Arab sheik’s tent; Per­sian rugs and Teak­wood fur­ni­ture.

Eureka Springs

Avi­a­tion Cadet Mu­seum

39 Arkansas 2073

(479) 253-5008

Hours: Nor­mal sea­son is from April 1 through Oct. 31. Call for tour reser­va­tions. Ad­mis­sion: Kids 5 and un­der — free; Adults — $15; and kids 6-12 years — $7.

prop­erty nes­tled in the Ozarks Moun to nu­mer­ous at­trac­tions, it boasts Sil­ver Wings Field, a work­ing run­way for pri­vate air­crafts.


Arkansas Air & Mil­i­tary Mu­seum 4290 S. School Ave.

(479) 521-4947

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat­ur­day, and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun­day-Fri­day. Ad­mis­sion: Mem­bers and kids 5 years and un­der — free. Adults, $10; kids ages 6-12 — $5; mom, dad, and kids un­der age 16 — $25; and 65+, re­tired/ac­tive mil­i­tary — $9. Arkansas and Amer­i­can mil­i­tary con­flicts through nu­mer­ous dis­plays of orig­i­nal ar­ti­facts and avi­a­tion mem­o­ra­bilia. The his­toric air­craft in the Arkansas Air & Mil­i­tary Mu­seum are un­usual among muse-

fly. Static dis­plays at the mu­seum range from the golden age of avi­a­tion to the jet age, in­clud­ing Viet­nam-era Army he­li­copters and a Navy car­rier fighter. The vast, all-wood white hangar, which houses it all is a part of Amer­i­can his­tory, be­ing for­mer head­quar­ters for one of the United States’ many aviator train­ing posts

Clin­ton House Mu­seum

930 W. Clin­ton Drive

(479) 444-0066

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Tues­day and Thurs­day-Sat­ur­day, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sun­day. col­lec­tions in­ter­pret the lives of Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Sec­re­tary Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton dur­ing the time they lived in Fayet­teville and oc­cu­pied the home at 930 W. Clin­ton Drive. With its events, the Mu­seum pro­motes the legacy of the Clin­tons’ com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice and civic en­gage­ment for in­ter­na­tional, na­tional, and lo­cal vis­i­tors as well as pre­serves the his­toric home and its role in Fayet­teville his­tory. Head­quar­ters House

118 E. Dick­son St.

(479) 521-2970

p.m., Tues­day-Thurs­day. Call ahead to sched­ule tour.

Ad­mis­sion: Group tours range from $8$30 per per­son, and last from 35 min­utes to 2 hours.

the Colonel Teb­betts place, is a his­toric house mu­seum. Built in 1850, it saw ac­tion in the Amer­i­can Civil War, serv­ing as a head­quar­ters for both the Union and Con­fed­er­acy. Dur­ing the ac­tion at Fayet­teville, the house was at­tacked by Con­fed­er­ate troops while serv­ing as a Union out­post. The build­ing was do­nated to the Wash­ing­ton County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety as a mu­seum in 1967 and was placed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Place in 1971.


Gravette His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum

503 SE Char­lotte St.

(479) 787-7334

Hours: Open noon to 4 p.m. and by ap­point­ment Tues­days, Thurs­days, and Satur­days. Ad­mis­sion: Free.

- House.

Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum 1451 N. Cur­tis Ave.

(479) 621-1621

Hours: Call to ar­range a visit to the mu­seum by ap­point­ment. Ad­mis­sion: Free. the Pea Ridge His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum oc­cu­pies the old Lodge Hall/ E.H. Build­ing in down­town Pea Ridge. The Mu­seum’s Grand Open­ing was held on Sat­ur­day, March 7, 2009. For the months De­cem­ber through Fe­bru­ary, the Mu­seum does not keep reg­u­lar open hours.

Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park 15930 Arkansas 62

(479) 451-8122

Hours: Park grounds are open year round from 6 a.m. to dusk. The Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Ad­mis­sion: $15/ve­hi­cle, pass valid for seven days; or $10/mo­tor­cy­cle, pass valid for seven days. There is a fee to be on the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park, for any rea­son. This in­cludes walk­ing, hik­ing, bik­ing, driv­ing, horse­back rid­ing, tour­ing the mu­seum and watch­ing the film.

- ri­ence na­ture. The bat­tle­field has hik­ing trails, a bike path and horse trails. The park’s hik­ing trail is seven miles long and goes through both nat­u­ral and his­toric in hik­ing the en­tire trail there are sev­eral shorter loop trails, ac­ces­si­ble from tour

Prairie Grove

Prairie Grove Bat­tle­field State Park 506 E. Dou­glas St.

(479) 846-2990

Hours: Pic­nic area and re­strooms open

daily at 8 a.m. on close one hour af­ter sun­set.

Ad­mis­sion: Free ad­mis­sion to the vis­i­tor Guided tours of his­toric build­ings are $5 for adults; $3 for chil­dren ages 6-12; and $15 for a fam­ily.

the park’s bat­tle­field mu­seum and vis­i­tor and de­tail­ing the Bat­tle of Prairie Grove bring that his­tory alive. They share sto­ries about the bat­tle, how the land­scape af­fected and shaped the strate­gic de­ci­sions made by both armies, and the Civil War’s dev­as­tat­ing lo­cal ef­fect. You can walk over hal­lowed ground where his­tory hap­pened. Walk along the ridge and in the val­ley where the heav­i­est fight­ing took place. Fol­low the one-mile Bat­tle­field Trail or travel the park’s five-mile Driv­ing Tour. Tour the his­toric struc­tures in the Ozark vil­lage.


Daisy Air­gun Mu­seum

202 W. Wal­nut St.

(479) 986-6873

Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Sat­ur­day. - it cor­po­ra­tion which pre­serves and pro­motes vin­tage prod­ucts and ar­ti­facts of the his­toric Daisy com­pany while serv­ing

as a na­tional tourism des­ti­na­tion for Daisy fans and col­lec­tors. The suc­cess of the Mu­seum is de­pen­dent on ad­mis­sions, prod­uct sales, do­na­tions and mem­ber­ships.

Rogers His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum

322 S. Sec­ond St.

(479) 621-1154

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues­day; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed­nes­day-Sat­ur­day. Ad­mis­sion: Free. - ican Al­liance of Mu­se­ums ac­cred­ited in­sti­tu­tion, is a depart­ment of the City of Rogers and serves all of the peo­ple of North­west Arkansas. The mu­seum is sup­ported by two out­stand­ing non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions: the Friends of the Rogers His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum and the Rogers Mu­seum Foun­da­tion. The Mu­seum is gov­erned by a five mem­ber com­mis­sion, which is ap­pointed by the mayor and ap­proved by the city coun­cil, and is re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing and main­tain­ing poli­cies, stan­dards, and op­er­a­tional con­ti­nu­ity. Daily oper­a­tions are man­aged by an eight mem­ber staff, with sup­port from a loyal group of vol­un­teers.

Siloam Springs

Siloam Springs Mu­seum

112 N. Max­well St.

(479) 524-4011

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues­day-Sat­ur­day.

in­ter­prets, and cel­e­brates the her­itage of an area with a rich past. At the Siloam high­light­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture, pi­o­neer life, medicine and many other facets of lo­cal his­tory.


Shiloh Mu­seum of Ozark His­tory 118 W. John­son Ave.

(479) 750-8165

Hours: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Sat­ur­day.

Ad­mis­sion: Free.

a re­gional his­tory mu­seum fo­cus­ing on the North­west Arkansas Ozarks. The mu­seum takes its name from the pi­o­neer com­mu­nity

of Shiloh, which be­came Spring­dale in the 1870s. Most of what you’ll see at the mu­seum high­lights the real shapers of Ozark his­tory — the ev­ery­day men, women, and chil­dren who lived in our towns

- on the mu­seum grounds. The mu­seum also has a re­search li­brary with a col­lec­tion of more than 500,000 pho­to­graphs of Ozark life.


Ton­ti­town His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum

251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.

(479) 361-2700

Hours: Open 1 to 4 p.m., Fri­day-Sun­day, or by ap­point­ment.

Ton­ti­town’s orig­i­nal set­tlers, the sis­ters Mary and Zelinda Bas­tianelli, the Ton­ti­town His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum opened in Au pho­to­graphs of and ar­ti­facts be­long­ing


WAL­MART AS­SO­CI­ATES trades pins at the Wal­mart mu­seum on the Ben­tonville square.

Vis­i­tors walk past a 1967 Das­sault Fal­con 20 on dis­play at the Arkansas Air and Mil­i­tary Mu­seum in Fayet­teville.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/JA­SON IVESTER MARK WHEELER OF GARFIELD shows can­non­ball dis­cov­ered in Rud­dick’s Field at the Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF ROGERS HIS­TOR­I­CAL MU­SEUM in down­town Rogers.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/JA­SON IVESTER

A PHOTO AR­CHIV­IST places a pair of mid-1800’s Bi­bles back into a dis­play case in­side the Shiloh Mu­seum of Ozark His­tory in Spring­dale.

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