Visitors Guide to
Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library Complex
320 University Loop West Circle
The Arkansas State University Museum, located on the
Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, holds significant historic,
archaeological, and natural history collections about the state of Arkansas.
The museum originated in 1933, opening under the name Arkansas State College
Historical Museum as a creation of the Arkansas State College History Club.
The fledgling museum was accorded prime space in the newly built Wilson
Hall, where it mounted its first exhibits in four wooden cases. In 1948, the
museum was incorporated under the name Arkansas State Museum and Historic
Library. The museum came into national recognition in 1973, when it was
accredited by the AAM. Through the years, the museum expanded and retracted
within Wilson Hall and other campus locations and ultimately moved in 1980
to the Dean B. Ellis Library building where it currently resides.
Today, the ASU Museum presents 21,000 square feet of exhibits. Exhibitions
begin with the rich fossil history of Arkansas and continue through the
advent of humankind. A life-size skeleton of the mastodons that once roamed
the area triggers the imagination to the time when Native American societies
were emerging as the dominant culture. The arrival of Europeans in the 16th
and 17th centuries began the trickle that later became the beginnings of
pioneer settlement in the 1800s. Notable permanent exhibits include the
history of early American settlement in Arkansas (“Living Off the Land”),
“Old Town Arkansas,” the Mary Stack Gallery of Decorative Arts, and the
hands-on exhibit “Earthquake! Are you Ready?” Special gallery features are
iPod tours of Old Town Arkansas in English and Spanish. A member of the
Arkansas Discovery Network funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the
ASU Museum hosts temporary hands-on children’s exhibits. The museum also
produces student-curated exhibits as part of formal university classes
taught by museum staff.
The ASU Museum has
established, under the ASU banner, a system of four museums, or “Arkansas
Heritage SITES,” of which the ASU Museum is the flagship entity. The three
others are the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and
Educational Center in Piggott (Clay County), the
Southern Tenant Farmers
Museum in Tyronza (Poinsett County), and Lakeport Plantation near Lake
Village (Chicot County).
Visiting the Arkansas State
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Open until 7 pm on Tuesdays
Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
There is no charge to visit the Arkansas State
University Museum, although donations are welcome.
Arkansas State University Museum
is located north of University
Loop Road on southwestern area of campus. You will
need to park the in areas labeled "M" or "V". If those are full, you
will need to use the metered parking and insert coins. The unmarked
spaces are reserved for students/staff with decals.
Learn more about the
Arkansas State University
The official website of the
Arkansas State University Museum.