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 July 21, 2020, the Fort Smith Museum of History will re-open to the public. Our hours of operation will be 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, July 21, 2020 to the public. We will operate with restricted hours, from 10:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday, remaining closed on Sunday and Monday. Mandates and Restrictions by the State of Arkansas will remain in place and will be observed by staff and visitors
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.
Members and their guests are free admission.
Individual--30.00 (+1 guest)
Couple--40.00 (+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.
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 as they are rescheduled. See the events page on this web page, follow us on social media, or send us your email at for event updates.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at 479-783-7841 or email email@example.com with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you!
Events and Exhibits
Hours & Admission
Temporary Operating Hours during COVID-19 Phased Re-opening
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$7 Adults (16 and over)
$5 Veterans and Military
$2 Children (6-15)
Free - UAFS Students
Free - Under age 6
Free - Museum members