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 re-opening 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.
Effective Tuesday June 2, 2020, the Fort Smith Museum of History will re-open to the public on a limited basis and to MEMBERS ONLY. We will open from 10:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday. Please see below for the new guidelines for visitation.
The Fort Smith Museum of History will re-open on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to MEMBERS ONLY. We will operate with restricted hours, from 10:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday while remaining closed on Sunday and Monday. An opening date for the general public will be given at further notice.
Per the State of Arkansas directives, restrictions, requirements, and recommendations for opening phasing:
Masks WILL BE REQUIRED for entry and WILL BE REQUIRED as face coverings by visitors during their visit inside the museum.
Groups must be 10 or less at this time.
Social distancing measures will be in place.
Other necessary directional signs will be posted and staff will be happy to help you with any of your questions or concerns.
At this time, the traditional ice cream menu will not be available at the soda fountain counter.
Part of the perks of membership is free admission! Members are invited to bring guests, also with free admission!
Individual--30.00 (+1 guest)
Couple--30.00 (+2 guests)
Family--60.00 (+ 6 guests)
Investor--100.00 (+ 6 guests)
If you would like to purchase a membership or have questions about your current membership, please call 479-783-7841, email us at email@example.com or visit the paypal link on this webpage.
We are very excited to see our members and, when the time is possible, our local and regional visitors, and tourists from across the country.
As a private, non-profit organization, The Fort Smith Museum of History will abide by state requirements in relation to phased opening.
Rescheduling of fundraisers, events, and exhibitions will be announced soon!
While the museum is closed to the public, 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!
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. Thank you for your patience and your understanding. Stay healthy.
**NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING** The Fort Smith Museum of History's Annual Public Meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Considering the precautions, restrictions, and limitations that will need to be implemented due to the COVID-19 virus, confirmation of the date, time, and the location will be announced on June 4, 2020.
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