Old State House Museum (Little Rock)

THE OLD STATE HOUSE is the oldest standing capitol building west of the Mississippi River. The Greek-Revival style structure opened in 1836, serving as Arkansas’s first state capital building until 1911, and may be most recognized as the backdrop for Bill Clinton’s bids for the presidency in 1992 and 1996. Today, the building houses a museum of Arkansas history.

The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ,
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Guided tours are available seven days a week. Admission is FREE.

Call 501.324.9685 or visit www.OldStateHouse.com for more information.

- Arkansas’s First Ladies Gowns showcases the museum’s exquisite collection of over 30 inaugural gowns dating from 1889 to the present. Visitors will also see accessories like jewelry, shoes and handbags.

- As Long as Life Shall Last: The Legacy of Arkansas Women details the role of women in Arkansas and demonstrates the complexities of women's experiences over the past two centuries.  

- 1836 House of Representatives Chamber, restored to its 1840s appearance, is where all of Arkansas's constitutions, except the first, were enacted. It was also the site of the second, and final, vote to secede from the Union during the Civil War. The room shows period-style wooden desks, chairs and spittoons, and features a video reenactment of the 1837 knife fight where Speaker of the House John Wilson killed Representative J. J. Anthony.  
- The First Families of Arkansas features the memorabilia and personal affects of the state’s governors and senators, revealing their political and personal lives.   

- On the Stump: Arkansas Politics, 1819 - 1919 is an overview of the politics and political parties of Arkansas in the earlier days of the state's history.

- Pillars of Power highlights the history of the magnificent Greek Revival-style Old State House building, its architectural design, its place in state and national history, and the variety of the site’s uses over time.  

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