Museum of Native American History

The Museum of Native American History is a place where visitors can learn about the rich history of Arkansas's indigenous people. Located in Little Rock, in the city of Springdale, this museum is home to over 12,000 items that tell the story of Native Americans who have lived in North America for more than 10,000 years. Visitors will enjoy seeing objects from all parts of the world brought back by Europeans during their travels to America.

What exhibits to see inside the museum?

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of exhibits inside the Museum of Native American History. These include: 

  • Paintings and photos by George Catlin, who was one of the first artists to travel throughout North America documenting its people and way of life;  
  • Exhibits on Arkansas's early history, such as an exhibit on the Battle of Little Bighorn;  
  • A reconstructed earth lodge, which is a type of dwelling that was used by many Native American tribes across the continent; and  
  • The ancient Oneota culture, which once flourished in present-day Arkansas. 

In addition to these permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts regularly changing exhibitions on a wide range of topics related to Native American history. These changing exhibits feature a wide variety of artifacts and artworks that have been drawn from the museum's permanent collection as well as items borrowed from private individuals. 

What to bring when you visit the museum?

Visitors to the Museum of Native American History should come prepared with comfortable walking shoes and a small bit of patience. Although this museum is known for its many interesting exhibits, it can get crowded on weekends or during special events held at nearby Little Rock Central High School. Furthermore, visitors will want to keep in mind that photography is not allowed inside the museum.

Food places to go when you get hungry?

There are many places to grab food near downtown Little Rock. Visitors will find a wide variety of restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines within walking distance from this museum, including:  

  • A Cuban restaurant called Havana;  
  • An Irish pub with traditional favorites like bangers and mash as well as a full bar; and  
  • A family restaurant offering a buffet of southern favorites, from fried chicken to collard greens. 
  • In addition to these three restaurants, you can also find other places that serve traditional American food within walking distance of the museum. These include:  
  • A sports bar called The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium with a wide range of beers on tap;  
  • An upscale diner offering breakfast foods all day long, which is called the Root Cafe & Wine Bar; and  
  • A locally loved Mexican restaurant called El Paraiso. All three of these restaurants are within walking distance from the Museum of Native American History. They offer a variety of different dining experiences depending on what you're in the mood for, so visitors will surely find something to their taste. 

The Museum of Native American History is open from Monday through Saturday from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon. It is located at 201 South Arch Street in Little Rock. For more information, visit the museum's website at or call +14792732456. 

Admission is free for all visitors. 


Mon-Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-4pm


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