Construction on the Old State House began in 1833, three years before Arkansas became a state.
In 1947, the legislature passed legislation to turn the facility into a museum for the state. It housed the Arkansas History Commission until 1979, and today the entire building is a museum dedicated to Arkansas History.
There’s a gallery dedicated to every Arkansas governor.
There’s also the Lights, Camera, Action exhibit which celebrates the works of famous Arkansas actors.
Downstairs, you can start by viewing videos about these individuals; then you can explore several galleries upstairs featuring the state’s famous sons and daughters who have appeared in movies and on TV.
The entire museum is open 361 days a year and is free to visit. Guided tours are available, or you can use your phone to follow along with the stories throughout the facility.
The Old State House Museum is located between the Doubletree Hotel and the Marriott on President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock. For more information, check out the museum’s website, oldstatehouse.com.