A taste of our history is represented in the fascinating quarterly exhibits at the Capitol. From seeing the actual medical instruments used in surgery in rural Arkansas to instruments used in making Ozark folk music, there's always an interesting bit of Arkansas history to see. Our quarterly exhibits are presented in four enclosed galleries on the Capitol's first floor. Permanent exhibits are located on the third and fourth floors. Be sure to stop by as a bonus to your Capitol tour!
Now Showing — Made Here: From Arkansas, for the World
The State Capitol's spring exhibit examines products
manufactured in Arkansas, offering a look beyond the
agriculture, commodities and natural resources that are familiar to most Arkansans.
Made Here: From Arkansas, for the World highlights a handful of roughly 3,000 Arkansas manufacturers whose products are made in Arkansas, destined for national and even global markets.
During the 1950s, state and local
governments began to actively court manufacturers, touting Arkansas’s
work force, a favorable tax and financial climate and a location with
good access to both materials and markets. The Arkansas Industrial
Development Commission, created in 1955, helped “sell” Arkansas to
producers. Over time, many factories and assembly shops have closed,
but others continue to open. Currently about 163,000 Arkansans work in
manufacturing, and in 2012, their output was valued at nearly $16
Made Here profiles
the histories of six of Arkansas’s major manufacturers, including Daisy
Outdoor Products, Baldor Electric, Remington Arms, American Railcar
Industries, Ranger Boats and Alliance Rubber. Images and items supplied
by these companies help tell their stories and illustrate the output of
their Arkansas operations.
These include small arms ammunition and components from Remington and the prototype for Daisy’s 2015 Red Ryder 75th
anniversary commemorative edition airgun. Alliance Rubber of Hot
Springs has supplied what may be the exhibit’s most eye-catching single
item: a dress adorned with literally thousands of varicolored rubber
bands. Across from the dress, a pair of long-bill scissors commemorates
one of Twentieth-century Arkansas’s pioneering manufacturers, Solid
Steel Scissors of Fort Smith.
Made Here is located on the Capitol’s ground floor, north and south of the rotunda area. It will remain on display through mid-May.
Past revolving exhibits:
A Capitol in Progress
This exhibit, located in the Lower Level
elevator lobby, features
photographs taken at a crucial time in
the construction of the
Capitol. The work of Little Rock
photographer Thomas B.
image document the condition of the
structure in 1910 as a
and a new architect took charge of the
to guide it to
Building Forever: The Construction Story of the Arkansas State Capitol
Featuring historical photographs, blueprints, cartoons and newspaper articles, this exhibit chronicles the construction history of the Capitol, along with a look at 20th century governors and their impact on state and national events. The exhibit is located in the northwest hallway of the third floor.
Call of Duty: Arkansas at War
Explore Arkansas’s role in Major U.S. Conflicts and discover stories about our state’s heroes. View memorials to Desert Storm and Pearl Harbor veterans. The exhibit and memorials are in the fourth floor east corridor.
Legislative Photo Composites
Looking for a relative who served in the Arkansas legislature? Composite photographs of each legislative session since 1911 are located on the third and fourth floor hallways. House of Representative composite photographs are on the north ends of the third and fourth floors; Senate photos are on the south ends of both upper floors. Photos are in chronological order with the newer photos located on the third floor and the older photographs on the fourth floor.
Mentors & Models
This exhibit highlights the lives of social justice and civil rights advocates Daisy and L.C. Bates, and the making of Testament, a monument on the Capitol grounds honoring the Little Rock Nine. It is located in the north foyer on the first floor of the State Capitol, overlooking the monument.
Standing for Arkansas
Learn the history behind the official symbols of Arkansas. Located in
the west corridor of the fourth floor, this exhibit is fun for all
Through the Years By the Numbers
See how the state's people and industries have changed from territorial days to today. A timeline of major events in Arkansas history is coupled with population s changes since the 1820s. The timeline and narrative depict landmark events since Europeans first explored the region in the 1500s, how Native American cultures shifted and the progression of agriculture and industry through today. Located in the southeast corner of the Capitol’s fourth floor.