Fort Smith




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 daily operations of the Fort Smith Museum of History in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Hours of operation are 10:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday.


Through March 31, 2021, 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.

Social distancing measures will be in place. Sanitizing stations are available.

Other necessary directional signs will be posted and staff will be happy to help you with any of your questions or concerns.

As a private, non-profit organization, The Fort Smith Museum of History will abide by state requirements in relation to phased opening.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding. Stay healthy.


The Annual Meeting of the Fort Smith Museum of History Museum Association is held on the 4th Thursday each year during the month of June. The meetings are typically scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith. The agenda for the annual meeting includes an election of the incoming trustees by the membership and a review of the previous fiscal year. Any member wishing to add a topic to the Annual Meeting agenda shall notify the President 10-days prior to the annual meeting by email at Please contact us at 479-783-7841 or email with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you!

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Hours & Admission

Operating Hours:


Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed 

Monday: Closed

$7 Adults (16 and over)

$5 Veterans and Military

$2 Children (6-15)

Free - UAFS Students


Free - Under age 6


Free - Museum members

Events and Exhibits


Phone (479) 783-7841



320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901

© 2016-2021


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