Visit the Old State House Museum in Little Rock


The Old State House is Arkansas’ original state capitol and the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River. It now houses a museum of Arkansas history. The building is Greek revival style and houses some great Arkansas history. It also holds special events for families throughout the year.

Some of the best history in Arkansas took place at the Old State House. The Brooks-Baxter War is one of my favorite Arkansas history stories, and it happened at the Old State House.  The cannon on the lawn is evidence.  At the Old State House in 1837, our Speaker of the House John Wilson fatally stabbed another legislator in an argument over taxes.  How exciting was our past that cannons and stabbings feature into our political history?


It’s located in downtown Little Rock within walking distance of the River Market and the current state capitol. The address is 300 W. Markham, between the Doubletree and the Peabody Hotels. Google Map

Contact Info / Hours:

Free admission


9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Saturday
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day

Trapnall Hall:

This antebellum home can be rented out for weddings, meetings, dinners and events. Rates vary (from $50/hr to $550 for an entire wedding and reception). Catering is available. It is the Official Receiving Hall for the governors of the State of Arkansas and part of the Arkansas Heritage Museum system.

Located on 423 E. Capitol.

Fun Fact:

The Old State House was the host to the president Bill Clinton’s election night parties for both of his elections. He also announced his candidacy in front of the Old State House.

The Current Capitol Building:

The current capitol building is just down the street (sort of) from the Old State House. You should visit it while you’re here.


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