Little Rock Museums and Art Galleries
(Little Rock, Arkansas - AR, USA)
Little Rock is home to a surprisingly high concentration of museums and art galleries, often celebrating the city's rich past existence and moments in local Arkansas history.
Culture in Little Rock is spread around a number of museums, with the Old State House being particularly important and impressive, and interestingly the oldest still standing to the west of the Mississippi River. It was here in 1992 where Bill Clinton celebrated after being elected as the president of the United States.
Also very much of note is the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, as well as the exciting Arkansas Museum of Discovery / Donald W. Reynolds Science Center, where themed exhibits include the Arkansas Indians, the Bug Zoo, Passport to the World, the Imagination Station and the World of the Forest. For art galleries in Little Rock, consider visiting the impressive Arkansas Arts Center, which houses a variety of art works and styles.
Old State House Museum
Address: 300 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas AR, 72201, USA
Tel: +1 501 324 9685
Celebrating Little Rock's historic past and three surviving state capitol buildings, this was the capitol from 1836 to 1911 and houses legislative chambers, antique furnishings and many important Arkansas artifacts. The Old State House is located along West Markham Street and is just a few block to the north of the Metrocenter Mall.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00 Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Arkansas Arts Center
Address: 501 East 9th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas AR, 72202, USA
Tel: +1 501 372 4000
Little Rock's Arkansas Arts Center features works ranging from the European Renaissance to contemporary American art. Exhibited artists include Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, Cezanne, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Diego Rivera and Henry Moore. There is also a section devoted to contemporary objects in craft media, as well as a restaurant and a museum shop. The center is home to the hugely popular Children's Theater, which presents children's classics from September through to May.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Museum
Address: 2120 West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas AR, 72202, USA
Tel: +1 501 374 1957
Located on premises situated opposite the actual school, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Museum throws light on one of the major events in the civil rights movement, when nine African-American students entered the school under state trooper protection in September 1957. The center hosts a bookstore and a permanent exhibit entitled 'All the world is watching us: Little Rock and the 1957 Integration Crisis'.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 16:30
Arkansas Museum of Discovery / Donald W. Reynolds Science Center
Address: 500 Presidential President Clinton, Little Rock, Arkansas (AR), 72201, USA
Tel: +1 501 396 7050
The Arkansas Museum of Discovery / Donald W. Reynolds Science Center allows visitors to explore the wonders of nature, science, technology and history through interactive exhibits. Visitors can expect to find various Egyptian treasures, a collection of Japanese friendship dolls, numerous multicultural masks, a 'Construction Zone' for children in the Room to Grow exhibit, and over 50 different species of animal, including many reptiles.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children, teachers and seniors