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Fort Smith Museum Of History

320 Rogers Avenue


For 97 years, the Museum has been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history.The Fort Smith Museum of History acquires, preserves, exhibits and interprets objects of historical significance relevant to the founding and growth of Fort Smith and the region.

The Museum does this through: 

- Exhibits illustrating the contributions of Fort Smith's citizens to the cultural, political and economic development of the area.

- Educational services which are appropriate to the context of the Museum and the larger community and are integral to the Museum's mission.

Founded by area women in 1910, the Museum originally occupied the 1840's Commissary Building of the second Fort Smith. Following the acquisition of the property by the National Park Service, the Museum moved to the Atkinson-Williams Building, a four-story National Register structure located a half block away from the National Historic Site and Judge Parker's Courtroom. Formerly known as the Old Commissary Museum and then the Old Fort Museum, the Fort Smith Museum of History has been the keeper and teller of Fort Smith's History for 97 years!

From the founding of the first Fort in 1817, through westward expansion, the Civil War and the Gay Nineties, the remarkable stories of this roaring frontier city are told in fascinating exhibits and programs. Fort Smith was the point of departure for pioneers, peacekeepers and outlaws by horse, steamboat and rail.


Shayna Kirby

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Ima history nerd at heart so I love museums and all things historically significant! I'm fortunate enough that my sister worked there for a short while and I got the entire "private tour"! It was literally one of my favorite moments, ever. They've recently been remodeling and rearranging their displays for the public and if you haven't been down town in awhile or just want a fun family outing; go downtown historic fort Smith and walk around the same grounds as 'Ol Judge Parker himself used to roam. There's so much to do you'll need more than just one day! Guarantee, You won't be disappointed!

June Dupree

Friday, July 27, 2018
This is a must see if you are in the area. It's a piece of the wild west gallows and court room intact. A National Treasure for sure.

Brandy Ballard

Friday, July 6, 2018
Friendly staff. Clean, lots of neat stuff. Had wedding reception there. Everyone loved the location.

Ruby JuneBug

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Loved the visit. Everyone so nice and informative! Great history and then some

Laura Bean

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
We checked out the original soda fountain. What a cool little hidden treasure in Fort Smith.

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