The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Fort Smith and the surrounding region.
Established in 1910, our exhibits illustrate the contributions of Fort Smith's citizens to the cultural, political, and economic development of the area. The museum is housed in the 1906 Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Enjoy a treat in the old fashioned soda fountain and experience a 1920s-1940s pharmacy. Ice cream, sundaes, floats and handmade ice cream sodas served in a working exhibit.
Visit the museum gift shop for locally produced pottery, baskets and art. Prints of historic Fort Smith are available. Choose from an excellent selection of books on area history.
The following is an important announcement regarding the temporary closure of the Fort Smith Museum of History in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the precautions we feel are important to institute at this time.
**Fort Smith Museum of History: Important Announcement**
Effective Monday, March 23, the Fort Smith Museum of History will be closed to the public **UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**. We are suspending public and group tours, programs, events, public meeting room use, and outreach through that time. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will reopen when it is deemed safe for the community and staff.
This is especially important, as the Fort Smith Museum of History's visitor demographics cluster around local and regional visitors, out-of-state travelers, and children, all of whom we want to protect and many that could be vulnerable.
We understand this situation is not ideal and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause, but the public's health and the health of our staff are our priority.
While the museum is closed, we encourage you to visit the museum's website fortsmithmuseum.org, to read about our regional history and follow our exhibits and upcoming events. We will maintain a social media presence, so look for us there! Any upcoming events that have been cancelled will be rescheduled. Please see the events page on this website for event cancellations. If you are a ticket holder to any of these events, a refund will be issued if you would like or if you cannot attend the rescheduled date. As the staff will continue to work during this time on upcoming projects, we are available to you by phone @ 479-783-7841, on social media/messaging, or by email at from 10-5, Tuesday- Friday to answer any questions or concerns you may have, or to assist with research.
Thank you for your patience. Stay healthy.
Caroline Speir, Director, Fort Smith Museum of History
Hours & Admission
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday* 1:00 - 5:00 pm
*The Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm during the summer months (June - August).
$7 Adults (16 and over)
$5 Veterans and Military
Free - Under age 6
Free - Museum members