The galleries on the first floor of the museum are dedicated to works of art made in Arkansas. Descriptive labels give a brief history of each item but there isn’t an overall historical perspective of Arkansas itself. The second floor has a large Native American gallery with excellent exhibits on the three tribes that inhabited Arkansas until they were all forced to move west to Oklahoma in the early 1800s.
The museum grounds cover an entire block with half of the block depicting a section of the city during the mid 1800s. It includes Little Rock’s oldest standing building, the Hinderliter Grog Shop, which served as a tavern, restaurant, hotel, and private residence. Three restored houses are in their original location. Other buildings have been reconstructed or moved to the museum grounds. Some of the buildings are opened to tour and feature interpreters in period dress.
The museum is free but there is a small charge for touring the restored town.
The museum is accessible. The restored town has brick sidewalks. Ramps are put in place to bridge the steps at the entrances to the buildings. The main room in the grog shop is down three or four steps and is not accessible but it can be seen from the landing.
The parking lot is small. We fit by backing up over the grass. When it’s not busy larger RVs may fit if parked lengthwise across the spaces. Otherwise park in the pay lot south of the museum lot or in the metered spaces on 3rd Street east of the museum. Metered spaces are free on the weekends. Museum 34.74553, -92.26859