This history of Northwest Arkansas comes alive at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in downtown Springdale.
Named for the community founded in the 1840s that eventually became Springdale, the museum boasts tens of thousands of artifacts and a half million photos that capture the history of both Native American and pioneer settlements in the Northwest Arkansas counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington. Admission is free.
The museum began compiling its collection in 1965 and opened in its current location on the corner of West Johnson Avenue and North Main Street in 1991. Today, it serves as an important historical archive and educational center for professional researchers and amateur history buffs alike. The museum at 118 W. Johnson Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On the museum grounds, visitors can explore seven historic buildings dating back to the 1850s, many of which were relocated to the museum property, that allow guests to explore the way residents of Northwest Arkansas lived in decades past. These living history exhibits are a fantastic way for visitors of all ages to experience for themselves what life was like in the Arkansas Ozarks over a hundred years ago. The list of properties range from the 1850s-era Ritter-McDonald Log Cabin to the 1930s-era Cartmell Outhouse. The 1870s Searcy House and 1871 Shiloh Meeting Hall sit in their original locations in the heart of Springdale (formerly Shiloh).
The museum’s location along the 36.7-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, which parallels Spring Creek, makes it a great stop on a bicycling excursion. After discovering the amazing history of the Arkansas portions of the Ozarks, visitors can take a two-wheeled expedition through downtown to explore the locally owned shops, world-class restaurants, and dynamic drinking spots nearby.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History offers visitors multiple ways to explore and experience the fantastic heritage and past of Northwest Arkansas. The museum’s initiative to spark enjoyment and inspiration through the history of the Arkansas Ozarks is realized through a wide array of permanent and temporary exhibits. These exhibits include hands-on activities, video clips, music, guided demonstrations, and accessibility for all.
To plan a visit, travelers can explore the museum’s website at www.shilohmuseum.org or call (479) 750-8165.