Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith

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The Fort Smith Museum of History is located at 320 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The museum is devoted to presenting the history of Fort Smith and the surrounding region. It is located near the Fort Smith National Historic Site in the former Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, built in 1906 and one of the city's oldest surviving commercial warehouse buildings. The building, a large four-story brick building with typical early-20th-century commercial styling, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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  • This museum is located near the national historic site in a huge 1907 building. Entry fee was nominal. There are two floors to visit with a certain direction in which to view the exhibits. One of the....  more »
  • Noticed the museum when walking around the fort area decided to pop in. A nice mix of history of the area and of the fort and gallows on the upper floor. If I recall correctly the cost was $7...  more »
  • It had been several years since I had visited the museum. It is a great place to visit again. Lots of new things there. Be sure an visit the old time soda shop.
  • This is a one-of-a-kind place. The amount of vintage items, vehicles, and reference they have from old Fort Smith and the condition they are in is extraordinary. The stories attached to each thing are very memorable and important to remember. The second story is like a walk back in time, with lots of memories that parents or grandparents may recover. With chairs from the old optometrist office, to a late 20th century television and radio station set, it almost feels like you were there in that time. The blacklight exhibit was fascinating and so was the "Drug Store" section of the museum. Old catalogs, telephones, and medication were there from the early-mid 20th century, and they even had a soda fountain! I had my first-ever legitimate ice cream chocolate soda, and that made my day. Trolley rides were also available to go through the old city. If you are a traveler, or even a resident of eastern Arkansas, this is a place you need to go. Get your family, head to Fort Smith, find this museum, and have an experience you'll never forget.

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